Monday, June 16, 2014

World Cup 2014: Nigeria held to draw in Curitiba

Iran's Mehrdad Pooladi tackles Nigeria's Efe Ambrose during the match (Photo Credit: Getty Images) 
Iran has held Nigeria to a 0-0 draw in a group F World Cup opener on Monday.

The two sides are the first to play a draw in this year's competition, and it was goalless.

So far, the tournament has seen a lot of goals raining since Thursday when it kicked-off with the highest number of goals in one match being 6 (Netherlands 5-1 Spain).

Nigeria's Super Eagles came close in a few occasions at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, but the Iranians prove a perfect match for them by equally performing as poor as their opponents. 

Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, who was voted 'Man of the Match', controls the ball pass an Iranian player (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Today's match is the 9th of which the West African side fail to secure a win in this finals.

It would have been different had an early first half 'goal' from a scramble was not ruled out for a foul on Iranian goalkeeper Haghighi.

In their next fixture, Nigeria will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba on June 21 - on the same day Iran will take on Argentina at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

Yesterday, Argentina announced themselves at the summit of group F with a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lionel Messi did exactly what he's being doning for Barcelona to fire his country to a winning start.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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