Super Eagles in first draw of WC
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The Arena de Baixada in Curitiba Brazil was filled by local fans and a handful of Nigerian and Iranian supporters in both teams’ opener and second game in group F. The game ended in a draw – the first of this year’s World Cup.
The game started off on the same note as previous games, with high tempo and eagerness from both sides to score. The Nigerians had the more chances as they had a goal disallowed as early as the 7th minute.
They continued to pile up the pressure on the three time Asian Champions. It was one-way traffic with Emmanuel Emenike proving to be a handful for the Iranian defence, who couldn’t match the striker’s physicality and blistering pace.
The Iranians slowly got into the game from around the 20th minute with the pace of Fulham striker Ashkan Dejagah and forward Reza testing Nigeria’s defence but not really threatening.
Iran’s closest and best chance at goal was when Reza headed their first corner-kick to force a spectacular save from Nigerian keeper and captain Vincent Enyeama in the 33rd minute.
The second half saw a more open game – more so from the Iran – while the Africans carried on knocking at the Asians’ door for a goal. Nigeria’s bad decision making and impatience in front of goal continued and this consumed a lot of their energy which saw them drop their tempo as the match progressed.
Substitutions in the form of Shola Ameobi and forward Peter Odemuwinge failed to make the difference for Stephen Keshi’s men. The game ended a 0-0 draw making this the first goalless game of the tournament.
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