Iran enters the World Cup as one of the highest-ranked teams in Asia, occupying 37th place in the FIFA world rankings while Morocco is in 41st place.
Iran has qualified for the consecutive World Cups for the first time, while Morocco is back at the finals for the first time since 1998. Both teams are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup.
Morocco progressed beyond the group stages in 1986, topping a group that contained England, Poland and Portugal, while Iran has never reached the last-16.
Morocco is unbeaten in their last five games, with four wins and a draw, while Iran’s preparation has been disrupted by the cancellation of two friendly matches. They won their final warm-up match against Lithuania 1-0.
Previous meetings: The sides have never met before in official competition.