Monday, June 16, 2014

Iran 0-0 Nigeria: Unlucky 13th game is first bore draw as boos greet final whistle / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

It had to happen eventually. Nigeria couldn’t break down a dogged Iran, as an exciting 2014 World Cup saw its first draw, and suffered its first 0-0. Both sides were booed from the pitch by the 39,000 crowd in Curitaba, even if that was a little unfair on a Nigerian team who at least tried to attack.
As such, this proved unlucky match No 13, even if Carlos Queiroz will not feel like that. He set his Iranian team up to defend, and they duly claimed the country’s first ever clean sheet at a World Cup.

Both sides are now without a victory in the competition since 1998, however, and the worry is that they only claimed a point in the most winnable fixtures. Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina will surely ask more questions of Nigeria, and stretch Iran’s defence more.
Here, the Asian side more than held steady. The most frustrating aspect for Nigeria was that they start the game superbly, and even had the ball in the net after seven minutes. Ecuadorean referee Carlos Vera harshly ruled the effort out for a push on goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi, however.

by the independent /

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