World Cup - Bore draw does nothing for Iran or Nigeria

World Cup Group F, Curitiba - Iran 0 Nigeria 0

World Cup - Bore draw does nothing for Iran or Nigeria

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Nigeria's Shola Ameobi (R) fights for the ball with Iran's Amir-Hossein Sadeghi during their 2014 World Cup F soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 16, 2014.

Iran and Nigeria were responsible for the first bad game of the 2014 World Cup as they played out a 0-0 draw in Curitiba and were booed by supporters in the stands.

The stats on the night said it all as neither side created many clear-cut openings, with less than 10 chances on goal making for grim viewing.

Nigeria dominated in terms of possession but failed to break down a well-organised Iran defence and it was Iran who created the best chance, Vincent Enyeama doing well to beat away Reza Ghoochannejad’s point blank header.

Peter Odemwingie and Shola Ameobi provided some spark coming off the bench in the second half but failed to inspire the victory that Nigeria hoped for.

The result will do neither side any favours with Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina to come.

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6’ – NIGERIA GOAL RULED OUT: It’s put into the back of the net but Mikel is perhaps harshly penalised for a foul on the keeper.

8’ – ONAZI SHOOTS WIDE: It’s a decent chance created by Moses but Onazi’s final effort isn’t great.

30’ – HAGHIGI SAVE: He is almost caught out by some quick thinking by Musa from the free kick but scrambles across to palm behind for a corner.

33’ – GREAT SAVE ENYEAMA: He saves Ghoochannejad’s point-blank header from Dejagah’s corner.

90’ – GREAT DEFENDING POOLADI: He gets in front of Ameobi from Oshaniwa’s cross to prevent the striker from scoring.

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This game ended a run of 18 World Cup matches without a draw, the last being Ghana against Uruguay in the quarter final stage four years ago (based on results after extra-time).

This wait for a draw (13 games) in a single World Cup tournament is the longest since 1930, when there were none in the event.

Iran kept their first clean sheet in a World Cup, in their 10th match.

This was Nigeria’s second World Cup goalless draw, in their 15th match - the other being against England in 2002.

Nigeria have failed to win any of their last nine World Cup matches, extending the longest winless run of any team taking part in this tournament.

Iran had one shot on target in this match, the joint-fewest by a team in a game in this tournament, along with Honduras and Cameroon.

This match contained the joint-fewest shots on target in the tournament (five), level with Cameroon v Mexico.  

Of midfielders to play a full 90 minutes in this tournament, only Ivan Perisic and Roger Espinoza completed fewer passes in a game than Ehsan Hajsafi’s 16 in this game.

Two teams have failed to score against Nigeria in the Super Eagles’ last nine World Cup games: England and Iran.


All over for both sides? There was nothing to shout about in this one and it’s hard to see either side getting as much as a point in the tournament now.



Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria): If nothing else, he provided the one bright moment of the match and won Nigeria a point with his save from Ghoochannejad’s header.


Iran: Heghigi 6, Heydari 7, Hajasafi 6, Hosseini 6, Sadeghi 6, Nekounam 6, Teymourian 6, Montazeri 6, Ghoochannejad 7, Dejagah 6, Pooladi 7. Subs: Masoud 6, Jahanbakhsh 6.

Nigeria: Enyeama 7, Ambrose 6, Oshaniwa 6, Oboabona 6, Omeruo 6, Mikel 6, Onazi 6, Azeez 6, Musa 7, Moses 6, Emenike 7. Subs: Yobo 6, Odemwingie 7, Ameobi 7.


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