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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14-July 15,2018 - Match 03 Group B Morocco Vs Iran @ St Persburg Stadium,St Petersburg @ 20.30 IST Friday June 15,2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14- July 15,2018 will be the 21st edition

FIFA World Cup  Winners from 1930 to 2014

Year Host Country Winner Score
2014 Brazil Germany Germany beat Argentina 1-0
2010 South Africa Spain Spain 1-0 Netherlands
2006 Germany Italy Italy 1-1 (5-3) France
2002 Japan / S. Korea Brazil Brazil 2-0 Germany
1998 France France France 3-0 Brazil
1994 US Brazil Brazil 3-2 Italy
1990 Italy Germany Germany 1-0 Argentina
1986 Mexico Argentina Argentina 3-2 Germany
1982 Spain Italy Italy 3-1 Germany
1978 Argentina Argentina Argentina 3-1 Holland
1974 Germany Germany Germany 2-1 Holland
1970 Mexico Brazil Brazil 4-1 Italy
1966 England England England 4-2 Germany
1962 Chile Brazil Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia
1958 Sweden Brazil Brazil 5-2 Sweden
1954 Switzerland Germany Germany 3-2 Hungary
1950 Brazil Uruguay Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
1946 not held
1942 not held
1938 France Italy Italy 4-2 Hungary
1934 Italy Italy Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay 4-2 Argentina

This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 FIFA WC held in Germany,the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the 11th time that it has been held in Europe.

2018 FIFA World Cup tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through Qualifying Competitions  and the automatically qualified Host Team - Russia

Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions  Germany

Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at the 2018 FIFA WC in Russia.

A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities

 Match 03 Group B Morocco Vs Iran - Match Preview

Morocco and Iran face off in Group B opener in St Petersburg Stadium on Friday with an aim to springing a surprise by progressing to the Round of 16.

 Morocco and Iran have never met in a FIFA World Cup match.

They met each other only once previously, a tie which ended in a draw.

This is the fifth time that Iran playing at the FIFA World Cup

Their first World Cup was in 1978 where they faced a first round exit.

Their last three appearances were in 1998, 2006 and 2014 editions.


Iran: Ali Beiranvand; Milad Mohammadi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Roozbeh Cheshmi, Pejman Montazeri; Masoud Shojaei, Ehsan Haji Safi, Omid Ebrahimi; Vahid Amiri, Sardar Azmoun, Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
No. of times team has played in WC (number): 4
No. of matches played (number): 12
No. of matches won: 1
No. of matches lost: 8
No. of times lost in finals (Number): 0
No. of times world cup won (number): 0
No. of goals scored in WC: 7

Top 3 players to watch: Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Masoud Shojaei

Road to WC (text): Iran became the first team from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Andranik Timotian: 9

Morocco: Monir El Kajoui; Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Mehdi Benatia, Achraf Hakimi; Hakim Ziyech, Mbark Boussoufa, Younes Belhanda, Karim El Ahmadi, Noureddine Amrabat; Khalid Boutaib.
No. of times team has played in WC (number): 4
No. of matches played (number): 13
No. of matches won: 2
No. of matches lost: 7
No. of times lost in finals (Number): 0
No. of times world cup won (number): 0
No. of goals scored in WC: 12

Top 3 players to watch: Medhi Benatia, Sofiane Boufal, Hakim Ziyech

Road to WC (text): Qualified without conceding a goal as it topped the Confederation of African Football's Group C.

Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Mustafa El Hadji: 6

Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Abdelrazzak Khairi: 2

The last time Morocco appeared in a World Cup was two decades ago in 1998, hosted by France.

Match 03 Group B  Iran  beat Morocco 1-0

An own goal in the 95th minute saw Iran beat Morocco 1-0 on Friday in Group B play at the 2018 World Cup. In the opener for both teams, the match looked destined for a draw in what was an entertaining and open game, but Aziz Bouhaddouz came on in the second half, tried to defend a late set piece and headed it into his own net

Absolutely heartbreaking for Morocco. They deserved a point and maybe more, but they were wasteful in front of goal and paid for it in the end

Meanwhile, Iran has its second win in World Cup history, and first since beating the United States in 1998

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14-July 15,2018 - Match Results

Match 01 Group A  Hosts Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 
Match 02 Group A Urugua beat Egypt 1-0 
Match 03 Group B Iran beat Morocco 1-0

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