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Azmoun had Iran's best chance of the first half, failing to score from a one on one opportunity spawned from a quick counter attack.

There was a notably even split between men and women.

However, that wasn't the only highlight of them match. The World Cup will run from June 14 to July 15.

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at the World Cup.

Within minutes, Tehranis had poured out on to the streets as if they had won the entire tournament.

Before the match started on Friday, a number of Iranian fans including women were seen waving their country's flags and singing songs.

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Renard said his team "fell into the trap" set by Iran, which sat back and relied on the defensive strength that carried the team through Asian qualifying by conceding only two goals in 10 games.

Fellow Iranian national team member Alireza Jahanbakhsh also had a message of encouragement for Bouhaddouz, writing, "Aziz Bouhaddouz, keep your head up, old man, we are all professionals, so do not worry and stay positive".

The victory was all the sweeter given the rough journey the players have faced, with Portuguese coach Carlos Quieroz complaining about limited resources and poor facilities for the squad.

"U.S. sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike can not supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time", a Nike statement had said. Iranian women have the right to share the joy of shouting the Team Melli slogan, "80 Million People, One Nation, One Heart Beat" in front of their team! However, they were left rueing the draw that saw them placed in the same group as 2010 winners Spain and European champions Portugal, with only the top two sides advancing to the last 16.

But Iranians always revel in being the underdog.

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