Pool D leaders Iran take on France



•    Iran and France will meet for the second time at the World Championship. In 1970, France defeated Iran in straight sets.
•    Iran have won only twice in 12 meetings with European sides at the World Championship, 3-1 against Finland in 1970 and most recently 3-1 against Italy in 2014.
•    France are currently on a five-match winning streak at the World Championship against teams from Asia.


•    Iran have won their first two matches in the tournament for the first time in their World Championship history.
•    In their first two matches, Iran beat two teams they had never defeated before at the World Championship. They are the only team in Pool D with back-to-back victories.
•    They can win three consecutive matches for the second time in team history, after 1970.
•    Iran can take at least one set in five consecutive World Championship matches for the first time in history.


•    France lost their second match of the tournament to Italy, which was only the second time they had lost a World Championship match after being two sets up.
•    It is the first time since 1990 that France have started their World Championship campaign without two victories.
•    Against Italy, Antonin Rouzier scored a match high of 27 points, twice as many as teammate Earvin Ngapeth who followed with 13.


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