Morocco coach Herve Renard remains hopeful despite World Cup defeat to Iran

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Aziz Bouhaddouz scored a calamitous own goal deep into second-half stoppage time as Morocco slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Iran

Herve Renard is confident that Morocco can still make it from the Group stages after falling to Iran in their World Cup opener on Friday.

The Atlas Lions dominated proceedings but ended up pointless when substitute Bouhaddouz's last minute own goal handed Iran a famous win.

The late drama sparked wild celebrations from the Iran bench in St Petersburg as Carlos Queiroz's side took three points from a game in which they were second best for long periods.

Renard's team were well-organised but Morocco extended their record of never having won their opening game in the tournament despite dominating the match and carving out opportunities to score either side of half-time.

However, the North African's manager has insisted that all hope is not lost yet. “I am very disappointed, with how the game played out I'd have been disappointed with a draw.

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“So you can imagine what the defeat means when we had quite a lot of opportunities. It's the worst thing that could have happened in added time.

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

Morocco will next face European champions Portugal on Wednesday in Moscow, whilst Iran will line up against 2010 champions Spain.

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