Iran-Nigeria finishes 0-0 in the first drawn match of Brazil 2014.

Date: June 16, 2014

Result: Iran 0-0 Nigeria

Venue: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Attendance: 38,081

 

Match overview: Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama kept 21 clean sheets in Ligue 1 this season – more than any other goalkeeper from Europe’s top five leagues.

Key moment: After a frantic first half an hour during which they repeatedly gave the ball away, Iran forced a corner from which Reza Ghoochannejhad drew a fine save from Vincent Enyeama. That chance appeared to settle Carlos Queiroz’s side and thereafter they seemed much more composed in possession.

Man of the match: Mehrdad Pooladi. In an undistinguished match played between two ordinary sides, no one player really shone, but Pooladi was effective at the back for Iran.

Matter of fact: This is the first time Iran have kept a clean sheet in a match at the World Cup finals.

Talking point: The draw was welcomed by Iran coach Queiroz, but with tougher games to come it is hard to see how a point will be of any use to either team.

 

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Iran 7
  • Nigeria 10

On target

  • Iran 3
  • Nigeria 6

Corners

  • Iran 2
  • Nigeria 7

 

Line-ups:

Iran:

  • 12 Haghighi
  • 15 Montazeri
  • 23 Pooladi
  • 06 Nekounam
  • 04 Hosseini
  • 05 Sadeqi
  • 02 Heydari (Shojaei – 89′ )
  • 14 Teymourian
  • 16 Ghoochanneijhad
  • 03 Hajsafi
  • 21 Dejagah (Jahanbakhsh – 78′ )

Nigeria:

  • 01 Enyeama
  • 05 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 13 Oshaniwa
  • 10 Mikel
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 14 Oboabona (Yobo – 29′ )
  • 07 Musa
  • 17 Onazi
  • 09 Emenike
  • 15 Azeez (Odemwingie – 69′ )
  • 11 Moses (Ameobi – 52′ )

 

Yellow cards:

Nigeria:

  • Timotian 75

Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)