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It is Herve Renard's Atlas Lions who are chalked up as dabblebet's 13/10 (2.30) favourites to kick off their first World Cup campaign in 20 years with a vital victory.

"No matter what happens on the pitch I want my players to leave the pitch with their head up", said Queiroz.

"What maybe not everyone knows is that we have not allowed, under any circumstances, [problems] to become justifications or excuses", Queiroz told a news conference Thursday.

African representatives Morocco failed to make their dominance count as they lost 1-0 to Iran in their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B clash at the Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg on Friday. Enthusiastic Iranian women were among them. I think it's my duty to say, 'let our boys play football.' They are just football players. "We hope the gods of football speak [louder] and they make the decisions".




Fans unfurled a protest banner at the stadium Friday in the Russian city of St. Petersburg during Iran's opening match against Morocco, prompting a brief commotion. It was also the first World Cup win by an Asian country in eight years - since Japan beat Denmark at the 2010 World Cup. "When one starts the competition with no points, we are in a hard situation but many things can happen so we need to concentrate on what we did right and things we did not do so well".

The Group match B 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.

Information from Reuters was used in this story.

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