1 – England are the only nation to beat Argentina in the group stage of any of the previous four World Cups. David Beckham scored the winner from the penalty spot back in 2002.
1 – Iran kept their first clean sheet at a World Cup in their 10th match when drawing 0-0 with Nigeria in their opener at Brazil 2014.
9 – Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad was top scorer in Asian qualifying with 9 goals in 11 games.
10 – Iran have won only 1 of their previous 10 World Cup matches. This was a 2-1 win over the USA at France ’98.
22 – Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals in 26 games under Alejandro Sabella.
28 – Argentina have the oldest squad at the World Cup, with an average age of 28 years and 336 days.
30 – Iran were the top scorers in Asian qualifying with 30 goals.
35 – Argentina were the top scorers in South American qualifying.
56% – 5 of the last 9 goals Iran have conceded at World Cups have been headers.
1990 – Despite all the talent in their squads over the years, Argentina have not got passed the quarter-final stage of a World Cup since finishing runners-up in 1990.