June 15, 2018 / 3:57 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Iran hold off Morocco in goalless first half

ST PETERSBURG, June 15 (Reuters) - Iran’s famed defence again proved unbreachable for the first half of their World Cup Group B opener against Morocco on Friday as the African nation had much the best of the contest.

The two outsiders in a group also containing Spain and Portugal were relatively cautious in a game neither can afford to lose, though after Morocco fashioned a handful of half-chances they needed a good save to deny Sardar Azmoun just before the interval.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Ed Osmond

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