Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel played a full 90 minutes in what was a 0-0 draw to bring this World Cup’s first goalless game.
In what was a pretty dour affair, Iran and Nigeria bagged the World Cup’s first draw. For 90 minutes the two teams were playing a game of chess, working each other and neither having any clear-cut opportunities.
Nigeria were the favourites heading into this match and did enjoy a fair share of the possession, but they lacked creativity where it was needed.
In fairness to Iran, they didn’t lose as was expected by many and showed a spirited performance to give their travelling fans something to shout about.
In the ninth minute Nigeria could have taken the lead when Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi spilled the ball and it ended up in the net. However, the referee adjudged there to be a foul by Mikel on Haghighi.
With players such as Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Peter Odemwingie and Mikel, Nigeria will be disappointed to not get anything out of the game. Moses was particularly poor.
Both sides will face an uphill task as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina will remain favourites to qualify.