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Iran breezed through qualifying with 12 clean sheets and were the second team to book their place in Russian Federation behind Brazil, but doubts loom over the form of first-choice goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

Iran have qualified for the World Cup in back-to-back tournaments for the first time.

Renard said his team "fell into the trap" set by Iran, which sat back and relied on the defensive strength that carried the team through Asian qualifying by conceding only two goals in 10 games.

Morocco will next take on Portugal on June 20 before ending their group fixtures against 2010 champions Spain on June 25.

An Iranian fan supporting his team at the World Cup game between Iran and Morocco
An Iranian fan supporting his team at the World Cup game between Iran and Morocco

Carlos Queiroz, who asked Nike to apologise for their actions on Wednesday, echoed Jahanbakhsh's comments following the match and asked for politics and sport to be separated at the World Cup so that "his boys could play football".

Going into injury time in St Petersburg, it looked like being a result neither Morocco or Iran wanted, before Morocco's Sofyan Amrabat conceded a needless free-kick by fouling Saman Ghoddos near the corner flag.

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Mustapha Hadji believes Morocco must play with "guts and heart" if they are to enjoy a successful World Cup in Russian Federation. It is only the second win for the team in World Cup history. Made famous as the first African team to reach the knockout stages in 1986, they beat Portugal to secure progress on that occasion, so they'll be hoping it's a good omen to be paired with them again. But Hakim Ziyach, Ayoub El Kaabi and Mehdi Benatia all failed to capitalise. The latter's left-footed shot was blocked before the rebound fell to Younes Belhanda, whose shot from the right was defused by goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

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Iran were unbeaten in all 18 of their qualifying matches.

Iran might have some staying power at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The best chance of the first half fell to Iran's Sardar Azmoun, though, who bore down on goal after latching onto Omid Ebrahimi's throughabll, but his shot was too low and Munir Mohamedi saved low with his feet.

He said he had been telling the players that they need to play with a sense of loyalty to the fans, with respect for their opponents and with humble attitude knowing that they have limitations.

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The 65-year-old's preparations for Russian Federation, however, have been disrupted by unwelcome distractions, such as Nike's refusal to supply boots to his players due to the US sanctions against Iran and the cancellation of two warm-up matches this month.

Iran remains unbeaten in competitive games since the 2014 World Cup, when it only lost to Argentina because of a late victor from Lionel Messi. Fatigue and a number of stoppages meant that the intensity of the second half didn't match the first.

The Group B match in Saint Petersburg had been heading for a goalless draw until Bouhaddouz's unfortunate intervention as he tried to clear Ehsan Haji Safi's cross but only directed it past his own goalkeeper.

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