This is Argentina and Iran’s first World Cup encounter.
Their only previous meeting was in a friendly on 22 March 1977 in Madrid, with the game ending 1-1.
Iran’s only previous World Cup game against a South American side was a 4-1 defeat against Peru in 1978.
Argentina have won ten and lost just one of their last 13 World Cup group games (D2), scoring 26 and conceding just five in total in this run.
Argentina have won five of their last six World Cup games, with the 4-0 defeat against Germany in 2010 the only exception.
Lionel Messi has scored one goal in one game at the 2014 World Cup, that’s already as many as in his eight games at the World Cups 2006 and 2010 combined.
Iran have won only one of their ten games at the World Cup (D3 L6), against USA in 1998 (2-1).
Argentina have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three World Cup games, the last time they failed to do so in four successive matches was in the 80’s (1982/86).
The last two goals Iran have scored at World Cups have come from corners (both in 2006).
Five of the last nine goals Iran have conceded at World Cups have been headed.