The beauty of the last round of matches in the World Cup Group Stage lies in simultaneity, something not seen very often in modern football. In a thrilling swing of last minute emotions, Portugal saw the first place in Group B slipping out their hands tonight, as they conceded a penalty kick to Iran during stoppage time, just as Spain leveled their game with Morocco.
If your only strategy is defending to death, it is probable that sooner or later you will end up conceding at least one goal. Especially if your opponent is Spain, and their striker is Diego Costa. This is what happened to Iran tonight, whose coach Carlos Queiroz prepared the game with the one and only idea of keeping the Spanish away from the Asian goal.
In the day the Muslim World celebrated Eid, the end of Ramadan, the first game in Group B of World Cup 2018 featured an evocative clash between Morocco and Iran. Just when people were about to leave Saint Peterburg’s Stadium, Moroccan striker Aziz Bouhaddouz deflected a free kick into his own goal, giving a shocking late victory to the Asians.