Iran vs Nigeria

Iran 0 V Nigeria 0

  • FT 90' +2
  • HT 0-0

FIFA World Cup Date: Monday, 16th June Kick off: 20:00 BST Venue: Arena da Baixada

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16 June 2014 Updated 21:28 GMT

By Saj Chowdhury - BBC Sport

Highlights: Iran 0-0 Nigeria

Iran and Nigeria played out the first draw of the 2014 World Cup as their Group F opener ended goalless.

Nigeria dominated possession but created few chances against a disciplined side managed by ex-Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz.

The Super Eagles' best opportunities came in the first half, when Ogenyi Onazi fired a yard wide before Ahmed Musa went close with a free-kick.

Iran's Reza Ghoochannejad forced a great save from Vincent Enyeama.

The share of the points leaves both teams well placed in the group after Argentina defeated Bosnia-Hercegovina.

African champions Nigeria were fancied to go through with the South American giants, but the pressure is now on them to beat the section's only European side, who impressed in their first ever World Cup match on Sunday.

Iran, on the other hand, will be buoyed by this result and will be looking to cause one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history on Saturday against Argentina.

They performed diligently, with Queiroz getting the best out of a group of players who stuck rigidly to the tactics employed.

Their conservative approach, with midfielders Javad Nekounam and Andranik Timotian as an extra line of defence for the backline, frustrated Nigeria.

Stephen Keshi's side were limited to only a couple of chances despite having the lion's share of possession. The first fell to Lazio forward Onazi, who slammed his shot a foot wide before Musa almost caught out goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi with his quick thinking from a free-kick.

Ironically, Iran had the best chance to score despite their only effort on goal coming when Charlton's Ghoochannejad, who spent much of his career to date playing in the Dutch and Belgian leagues, forced a excellent reaction save from Enyeama, playing in his third World Cup.

Keshi - the mastermind behind Nigeria's unexpected Cup of Nations win last year - tinkered with his attack after the break by bringing on former Newcastle stalwart Shola Ameobi and fellow forward Peter Odemwingie of Stoke.

The tactical swaps almost paid dividends in the 71st minute, when Ameobi headed wide from eight yards, but he had conceded a foul in the process.

The former Magpie also had a chance in the closing minutes, but on this occasion his goalbound header was easily cleared by Mehrdad Pooladi.

That draw now means Nigeria have not won a World Cup match in nine attempts - the longest streak in the competition. They might need to rethink their strategy against Bosnia-Hercegovina if they do not want that run to continue.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz:

"We played against a great team and it was necessary to play a realistic game. We fought for every ball, every space and played 90 minutes with one thing in our mind. My players need to be congratulated.

"Now it's Argentina and the most important thing is that everything is open to us."

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi:

"Respect to Iran, they had their game plan to sit back and defend and they did well.

"Win or lose I'm criticized. A draw now, I'll be criticized. It's part of the game. In my country, it's win at all costs and sometimes it doesn't go that way.''

Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie talking to BBC World Service:

"We expected three points from this game but everybody knows the most important game is between ourselves and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

"Next game I think will be easier and I think that will be the decider of where we will be at this World Cup."

Nigeria fans made their presence felt at the Arena Da Baixada in Curitiba
Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz helped his side reach their first World Cup since 2006
Ghoochannejhad had one of the few good chances in the match

Lineups Top

Iran starting eleven

  • 12 Haghighi
  • 15 Montazeri
  • 23 Pooladi
  • 6 Nekounam
  • 4 Hosseini
  • 5 Sadeqi
  • 2 Heydari (substituted for Shojaei at 89 minutes')
  • 14 Teymourian booked at 75 minutes
  • 16 Ghoochanneijhad
  • 3 Hajsafi
  • 21 Dejagah (substituted for Jahanbakhsh at 78 minutes')

Nigeria starting eleven

  • 1 Enyeama
  • 5 Ambrose
  • 13 Oshaniwa
  • 10 Mikel
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 14 Oboabona (substituted for Yobo at 29 minutes')
  • 7 Musa
  • 17 Onazi
  • 9 Emenike
  • 15 Azeez (substituted for Odemwingie at 69 minutes')
  • 11 Moses (substituted for Ameobi at 52 minutes')

Iran Substitutes

  • 1 Ahmadi
  • 7 Shojaei
  • 8 Haghighi
  • 9 Jahanbakhsh
  • 10 Ansarifard
  • 11 Haddadifar
  • 13 Mahini
  • 17 Alnameh
  • 18 Rahmani
  • 19 Beikzadeh
  • 20 Beitashour
  • 22 Davari

Nigeria Substitutes

  • 2 Yobo
  • 3 Uzoenyi
  • 4 Gabriel
  • 6 Egwuekwe
  • 8 Odemwingie
  • 12 Odunlami
  • 16 Ejide
  • 18 Babatunde
  • 19 Nwofor
  • 20 Uchebo
  • 21 Agbim
  • 23 Ameobi
Carlos Vera

Match stats Top

Iran 31%
Nigeria 69%
Iran 9
Nigeria 10
Shots on target
Iran 1
Nigeria 4
Iran 2
Nigeria 7
Iran 18
Nigeria 16

Iran Nigeria

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  1. Match Finished
    Match ends, Iran 0, Nigeria 0.
  2. 90'+2'
    Full Time
    Second Half ends, Iran 0, Nigeria 0.
  3. 90'+2'
    Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  4. 90'+2'
    Foul by Amir Hossein Sadeqi (Iran).
  5. 90'+1'
    Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria).
  6. 90'+1'
    Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Iran) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  7. 90'+1'
    Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Mehrdad Pooladi.
  8. 90'+1'
    Attempt blocked. Shola Ameobi (Nigeria) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Obi Mikel with a cross.
  9. 90'
    Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Mehrdad Pooladi.
  10. 89'
    Substitution, Iran. Masoud Shojaei replaces Khosro Heydari.
  11. 89'
    John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  12. 89'
    Foul by Andranik Teymourian (Iran).
  13. 87'
    Attempt saved. Shola Ameobi (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Efe Ambrose with a cross.
  14. 86'
    Efe Ambrose (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  15. 86'
    Foul by Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Iran).
  16. 83'
    John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  17. 83'
    Foul by Andranik Teymourian (Iran).
  18. 83'
    Hand ball by Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).
  19. 81'
    Attempt missed. Andranik Teymourian (Iran) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ehsan Hajsafi.
  20. 79'
    Foul by Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria).
  21. 79'
    Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Iran) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  22. 78'
    Substitution, Iran. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Ashkan Dejagah.
  23. 76'
    Attempt saved. Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.
  24. 75'
    Andranik Teymourian (Iran) is shown the yellow card.
  25. 75'
    Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  26. 75'
    Foul by Andranik Teymourian (Iran).
  27. 74'
    Ogenyi Onazi (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  28. 74'
    Foul by Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Iran).
  29. 70'
    Foul by Shola Ameobi (Nigeria).
  30. 70'
    Amir Hossein Sadeqi (Iran) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  31. 70'
    Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  32. 69'
    Delay in match Mehrdad Pooladi (Iran) because of an injury.
  33. 69'
    Substitution, Nigeria. Peter Odemwingie replaces Ramón Azeez.
  34. 68'
    Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Andranik Teymourian.
  35. 68'
    John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  36. 68'
    Foul by Andranik Teymourian (Iran).
  37. 67'
    Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  38. 67'
    Foul by Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Iran).

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