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Don’t blame Iran for battening the hatches –
it’s not with them the blame for this attaches.
Champions of Africa, they told us,
and lots of expectation on their shoulders.
Small wonder, then, they only played in patches.
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Ghoochanejhad runs through and nearly snatches
a victory for fleet-of-foot Apaches.
Around the world the interest scarcely smoulders
for neither will end up as World Cup holders,
but, if this was the dreariest of matches,
don’t blame Iran.