Iran coach Queiroz will end his seven-year stint as manager after the tournament. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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Appearing at consecutive World Cups for the first time, the Iranians are the top team from Asia and have benefited from a period of stability under Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who took them to Brazil four years ago.On the pitch, Iran are without defensive midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi, who is suspended for the first match.Just like Iran, the "Atlas Lions" team are playing in their fifth World Cup, but Morocco's last appearance was two decades ago, at the 1998 edition in France.Led by Juventus center-back Mehdi Benatia, Morocco came through qualifying without conceding a goal and have four wins and a draw in their last five matches.
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