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Spain play Iran looking for their first win. Uruguay are through and Saudi Arabia are out, while Portugal top Group B after beating Morocco.
Asia's best team have Asia's best coach and together they have grown to become one that can go into the big games against big teams with confidence.
You can be as slick as you want, have all the stars you like, but one slip in the group stages can prove costly in the World Cup.
Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still there.
Following his team's 1-0 World Cup-opening win against Morocco, Iran's Karim Ansarifard said, "what Nike did to us was very wrong."
Iran won their first World Cup match since 1998 as a 95th-minute Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal gave them a 1-0 win over Morocco.
Portugal and Spain renew acquaintances, while Mo Salah and Egypt face Luis Suarez's Uruguay on World Cup Day 2. Follow live with ESPN.
Morocco coach Herve Renard is confident he has done his homework on Group B opponents Iran.
Queiroz, whose side face Morocco in their Group B opener on Friday, said statement was "unnecessary" and asked FIFA to help.
A Nike statement said: "U.S. sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time."
Iran became the first team to arrive in Russia for the World Cup on Tuesday, nine days before the opening match of the tournament.
Iran's qualifying campaign was serene, and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh and striker Sardar Azmoun may catch the eye for the potential dark horses.
Four of Asia's five representatives started the final phase of preparations for the World Cup. But what did we learn?
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has reduced his 35-man provisional 2018 World Cup squad to 24, leaving out veteran defender Seyed Jalal Hosseini.
Jalal Hosseini and Vouria Ghafouri have both been left off Iran's provisional 24-man squad for the World Cup.
Three of Asia's giants made left-field selections in their preliminary World Cup squads. Can these bolters make a difference at Russia 2018?
Iran's defence put them in the World Cup. But winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is the man who can take Team Melli to the second round for the first time.
All five Asian World Cup participants are busy in this international break. ESPN FC takes a look at where they all stand as Russia 2018 gets closer.
Iran has barred women from attending football games since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is looking forward to facing "the best player in the world" when his team take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.