Morocco 0-1 Iran: Late Own Goal Hurts Atlas Lion

Determined Queiroz will not allow Iran's problems to become excuses

Carlos Queiroz hits out at Nike for World Cup football boots issue

While qualifying for the World Cup, Morocco did not concede any goals and will look to continue that defensive record against an Iran side with some unsafe attacking pieces.

Iran had not tasted a win at a World Cup since France '98 but secured a 1-0 success in St Petersburg courtesy of Bouhaddouz's mistake.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has called on Nike to apologise to his team after the USA sportswear firm said it could not supply the players with football boots for the World Cup because of sanctions.

Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, Morocco striker Aziz Bouhaddouz dived to reach a cross from the left but headed the ball past his own goalkeeper. We know their team very well but I suspect they know very little about us.

"We are not using them as any kind of justification or apology".

The late decision has disrupted Iran's preparations, with some players reportedly having to buy their own footwear from Russian shops or even ask club team-mates for help.

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Portuguese Queiroz takes Iran to Kazan to face Spain next time out and admits a different approach will be required.

After instantly fencing (the unnatural, subconscious movement of his arms and hands) as he lay prostrate and dazed, Amrabat was duly subbed off and replaced by his younger brother, Sofyan, but not before Morocco's physios administered some truly and utterly inept first aid.

Morocco coach Herve Renard confirmed he will be without winger Nabil Derar, who is making a gradual recovery from a calf injury.

"But in a competition when there are three matches, as long as there are two matches there is always hope whatever the opponent".

"When one starts the competition with no points, we are in a hard situation but many things can happen so we need to concentrate on what we did right and things we did not do so well".

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