Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Iran Have Won Their First World Cup Game In 20 Years

Iran Have Won Their First World Cup Game In 20 Years

After Iran opened the World Cup with a 1-0 win against Morocco yesterday, players called out Nike for cutting off the team's cleat supply.

Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz had the misfortune of scoring an own goal as the African challengers went down to Iran 0-1 in their opening Group B game of the FIFA World Cup.

You have to go as far back as 1998 against US for the last time they tasted victory in the World Cup finals.

Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

Their build-up had not been smooth.

Jahanbakhsh further said that "To be honest we didn't care actually".

"I learned a lesson in my life that superman is only in cartoons".

"They know we need to be a family and fight, play and show everybody we love the game like every other player around the world". When the final whistle blew moments later they were sprinting over again in delight. Iran forward Alireza Jahanbaksh even had to be stretchered off following a clash with a defender. "I have spoken with my family and friends (back home) and they say people are going insane in the streets".

Iran's win was also a victory for Asian football.

See the full schedule and standings of the 2018 world Cup.

A lot of female fans were among Iran's vociferous backing and they staged demonstrations in and outside the stadium, holding posters protesting their ban from football stadiums in Iran.

Morocco can at least take heart from a blistering first half an hour, during which their zip and zest lacked only an opening goal.

Standing in their path to the last 16 alongside Morocco are European champions Portugal and 2010 World Cup winners Spain. "This is exactly what happened today", he said at the post-game press conference. "I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in your career", Iran's attacker Ghoochannejhad wrote on his Instagram page. They were good in spells early in the game and had the bulk of possession - but were wasteful in the final third.

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