Iranian women protest against ban on attending football games

Jo Caldwell
June 21, 2018

A stoppage-time own goal from Moroccan substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran a dramatic 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday. That change happened after British-Iranian student Ghoncheh Ghavami spent more than three months in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, because she tried to get into a volleyball match.

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We have the potential to surprise Morocco in our first match. We really have to prepare for the game against Iran, and then we will see about Portugal and Spain because it will be something else.

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It's also noted Japan supporters carried out a similar job following their participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Senegal's victory made them the only African team to win in the first round of matches.

Morocco and Iran played another game where both teams were defensively compact and hard to break despite that the game was pretty entertaining.

In injury time own goal scored by Azis Bouhaddouz.

At 37th, Iran are four places above Morocco in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, with Spain 10th place and Portugal fourth, and Renard said mental toughness would play a vital role in Friday's match.

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Iran's victory over Morocco has given the country real hope of reaching the knockout rounds of a World Cup for the first time in decades.

The authorities decided against letting women watch the national team's World Cup matches on a big screen in Tehran's Azadi Stadium, according to the BBC.

Iran have now won their first ever opening game at a World Cup and their second ever win in the competition. It is now on a run of 18 games unbeaten, including games against World Cup teams Serbia, Nigeria, South Korea and Egypt.

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The goal came so late that even the Portuguese seemed to have considered accepting a draw. Iran have equalled the continent's haul in just the third match of the Russian Federation tournament. "We have to just analyze the game and hopefully we can do something good".

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