The coastal city of Curitiba in Brazil played host to the FIFA World Cup™ Group F header between Nigeria and Iran on Monday which ended in the tournament’s first goalless draw, a rather disappointing result for the fans after having been spoiled with 41 goals in the first 12 matches of the tournament. The African champions looked to be the better team in the first half but could not convert their superior possession into goals and the at the half-time whistle it was all square at nil-nil.
The second half saw things open up a bit more as both the Super Eagles and the Princes of Persia created more chances and came very close in a few attempts, most notably a header by Newcastle United forward, Shola Ameobi, in the 70th minute which just went wide of the goal. Unfortunately he also committed a foul on the Iranian defender in the process so the effort would not have counted anyway.
A few other opportunities went begging at both ends as both teams failed to find the back of the net. The Africans would feel they should have done more in this match as they enjoyed more than 60% of the possession, but in the end they had nothing to show for it. The result leaves both teams on one point and all to play for in their next two group-matches.
Iran will come up against Argentina on Saturday while Nigeria will face Bosnia-Herzegovina next Sunday in a match which they will need to win if they want to stand any chance of qualifying for the second round. All of Africa will be hoping the Nigerians can find net on Saturday.