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    Iran - Nigeria 0:0

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    16 June 2014 Curitiba /Arena da Baixada 16:00 39081
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    SHIN Man Gil (KOR)
    Did not play in Match
    AHMED Essam El-Din (EGY)
    Fifth Official
    CLAVIJO Humberto (COL)
    Referee
    VERA Carlos (ECU)
    Assistant Referee 1
    LESCANO Christian (ECU)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ROMERO Byron (ECU)
    Fourth Official
    ROLDAN Wilmar (COL)


    Iran

    Nigeria
    12
    A. HAGHIGHI (GK)
    1
    ENYEAMA (GK)(C)
    2
    KH. HEYDARI (-89')
    5
    AMBROSE
    3
    HAJI SAFI
    7
    MUSA
    4
    J. HOSSEINI
    9
    EMENIKE
    5
    AMIRHOSSEIN
    10
    MIKEL
    6
    J. NEKOUNAM (C)
    11
    MOSES (-52')
    14
    ANDRANIK
    13
    OSHANIWA
    15
    MONTAZERI
    14
    OBOABONA (-29')
    16
    REZA
    15
    AZEEZ (-69')
    21
    DEJAGAH (-73')
    17
    ONAZI
    23
    MEHRDAD
    22
    OMERUO
    Substitutes Substitutes
    1
    R. AHMADI (GK)
    16
    EJIDE (GK)
    22
    DAVARI (GK)
    21
    AGBIM (GK)
    7
    MASOUD. SH (+89')
    2
    YOBO (+29')
    8
    R. HAGHIGHI
    3
    UZOENYI
    9
    ALIREZA (+73')
    4
    GABRIEL
    10
    KARIM
    6
    EGWUEKWE
    11
    GHASEM. H
    8
    ODEMWINGIE (+69')
    13
    H. MAHINI
    12
    ODUNLAMI
    17
    AHMAD
    18
    BABATUNDE
    18
    BAKHTIAR
    19
    NWOFOR
    19
    BEIKZADEH
    20
    UCHEBO
    20
    BEITASHOUR
    23
    AMEOBI (+52')
    Coach Coach
    QUEIROZ Carlos (POR) KESHI Stephen (NGA)

    Cautions

    Andranik TIMOTIAN (IRN) 75'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Goals dry up as Iran, Nigeria draw

    It was only a matter of time before the free-scoring 2014 FIFA World Cup™ produced its first goalless stalemate, and Iran and Nigeria provided it, playing out a 0-0 draw in Curitiba at the Arena da Baixada.It was a game of very few clear-cut chances and the result sees both sides collect a point from their Group F opener, good enough for a share of second place.

    Nigeria took control early on but failed to turn possession and superior athleticism into goals. Emmanuel Emenike sent in a teasing low cross for Victor Moses, but the Chelsea striker - who has had precious few chances to shine on loan with Liverpool this term - failed to poke home a sliding effort. Jon Obi Mikel orchestrated things in the middle of the park for the Nigerians over the course of the first half, while Carlos Queiroz’s Iran managed to produce precious little in the way of possession or attack.

    The African champions suffered a blow midway through the opening period. Godfrey Oboabona, one of the revelations of Nigeria’s 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations campaign, left the pitch on a stretcher after a heavy collision. He was unable to recover, despite extensive treatment on the touchline, and was replaced by veteran Joseph Yobo, playing in his third World Cup.A goalless opening period gave way to more uninspired football at the start of the second half. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi waited only eight minutes before trying to shake things up in attack, bringing on former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi for the ineffective Moses up front.

    The new man had a chance with 20 minutes to go, but his headed effort from close range slipped frustratingly wide of Alireza Haghighi’s post. It proved to be the best chance of the game. Peter Odemwingie entered the fray in the closing stages, adding an injection of pace, but it was a swap that failed to pay concrete dividends. The two teams seemed content to settle for a share of the spoils on offer. Nigeria next meet Bosnia and Herzegovina on 21 June in Cuiaba while Iran take on rampaging Group F leaders Argentina in Belo Horizonte earlier that same day.

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    Iran-Nigeria: Quotes

    Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach
    I am very tired. I did a lot of running in the dugout today. It was a very difficult match for us but we showed our style and our team spirit, concentration and discipline. We managed to stop them from putting their moves together in the first half. Nigeria’s big names tried to make the difference after the break and to take control of the game. That’s when we stepped our game up a level by doubling up a lot on their players. The fans didn’t see any goals but sometimes intensity, togetherness, focus and team spirit can make for an interesting spectacle.

    Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
    We wanted to score in the first 20 minutes, but they defended in numbers and we couldn’t get through. When you get that type of situation, you can get wound up because you just want to score, and to do that you need to stay calm. You have to give Iran their due. They decided to play that way and their game-plan worked for them.

    John Obi Mikel, Budweiser Man of the Match
    We are very disappointed because the opening match is very important. We looked for the win, but Iran knew what we wanted to do and put 11 men behind the ball. They managed to stop us from playing our game. We’ll have to create more chances in our next match and be sharp in front of goal.

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