It’s a mistake that Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz will have a hard time living down. In his team’s first match of the 2018 World Cup, Bouhaddouz headed an own goal into his net in stoppage time against Iran.
The play itself cost Morocco what was a much-needed win with matches coming up against powerhouses Portugal and Spain. It also led to some pretty wild reactions around the sports world.
Following the match, Iran forward Reza Ghoochannejhad sent what has to be considered an uplifting message to Bouhaddouz on Instagram.
“I don’t know you personally but in life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Don’t let this own goal bring you down,” Ghoochannejhad wrote on IG. “We are all professional sportsmen and this is a part of football. I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best
in your career. Reza.”
Talk about some sportsmanship right there. Too often, we’re caught up in the competitive nature of sports to understand just how individuals are impacted at the most basic of levels.
For Bouhaddouz, this own goal could have very well cost his nation a spot in the Round of 16. His Iranian counterpart knows that full well. But it didn’t stop Ghoochannejhad from taking to social media as a way to comfort his counterpart. Amazing stuff here.