Iran Vs Nigeria, Group F - Live Score

TUESDAY 17TH JUNE - 12:30AM (LOCAL) | ARENA DA BAIXADA, CURITIBA

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Iran: Iran is back at the world cup finals after a period of eight years. They were knocked out of the tournament the group stages in 2006 world cup and coach Carlos Queiroz will be hoping to clear the first hurdle this time around in Brazil. Bookies have placed a better bet on them to reach the finals compared to Costa Rica and Honduras tells us that they can cause those odd upsets.

Nigeria: The Golden Eagles are in red hot form and come into the tournament at the back of an African Nations cup win last year. Stephen Keshis men will love to put up a strong showing in Brazil to erase the memories of a disastrous world cup showing in South Africa. With players like Jon Obi MIkel and Emmanuel Emenike in good form, a place in the knock out stage looks realistic.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 1

Iran 0 Win, Nigeria 1 Win, 0 Draw

Commentary

(180 Mins)

Nigeria will be looking to bounce back from this result in their next game, which is against Bosnia in five days time. Iran will face Argentina on June 21st.

(178 Mins)

Iran Boss Carlos Queiroz has been discussing the match. Recognising his teams attacking shortcomings, he said that "it was necessary to play a realistic game." Speaking of the players, he said: "They deserve to be congratulated."

(173 Mins)

It was a dull spectacle, but the Iranian fans wont care. In their fourth World Cup appearance, theyve earned only their third ever draw. Before today theyd lost six times, winning only once.

(172 Mins)

Its all over. Iran keep their first ever clean sheet in a World Cup finals, and we have our first goalless game of the tournament.

(171 Mins)

FULL-TIME - Iran 0-0 Nigeria

(170 Mins)

Iran have a free-kick in the middle of the pitch. Its fired in but Nigeria head it away. That could be that.

(170 Mins)

Nigerias corner is followed by another. It is cleared, though, and Iran make their way up the pitch.

(169 Mins)

There will be two minutes of stoppage time.

(169 Mins)

Musa sends a teasing ball into the back post, but Ameobi cant make contact with it. Corner to Nigeria.

(167 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Iran finally make their second change. Massoud Shojaei replaces Khosro Heydari.

(165 Mins)

As well as Iran have defended, Nigeria have been toothless in attack. Neither side look like scoring.

(163 Mins)

These final few minutes will be crucial for both sides. Still to face Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina, they will surely need three points from this fixture to have any hope of qualifying for the next round.

(161 Mins)

Odemwingie hammers a shot wide but the referee brings play back again. Replays show the Nigerian controlling the ball with him arm.

(159 Mins)

Its getting a bit scrappy now. Into the last ten minutes.

(157 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - And thats Dejagahs last contribution to the game. On comes Alireza Jahan Bakhsh.

(156 Mins)

Half-chance for Iran. Dejagah meets a ball from the left, but his header is off-target. A let-off for Nigeria.

(155 Mins)

Were into the final 15 minutes. Onazi has a shot from distance, but its straight at Haghighi.

(153 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Teymourian is in the book for a clumsy challenge. Thats the first card of the match.

(152 Mins)

Nigeria are having to resort to sending in crosses from out wide. Iran are winning the aerial battle at the moment.

(149 Mins)

Chance for Nigeria! Shola Ameobi sends a header wide, but the referee gives a free-kick to Iran for the strikers challenge on Sadeghi in getting to the ball.

(148 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Ramon Azeez is brought off for Peter Odemwingie. Iran have yet to make a change.

(147 Mins)

Emenike and Pooladi are down after a clash of heads. The referee stops play to let the physios assess the players.

(145 Mins)

Haji Safi sends over a free-kick from the left, but his cross is blocked acrobatically by John Obi Mikel. Iran attack again down the flank, but Nigeria clear. Frustrating.

(143 Mins)

Iran have never kept a clean sheet at a World Cup finals. They are 25 minutes for doing so in Curitiba.

(141 Mins)

The fans are booing again. Nigeria have a free-kick on the edge of the centre circle, but it goes straight to Haji Safi on the edge of the area. That pretty much sums up the game so far.

(139 Mins)

Weve just made it past the hour mark. Nigeria are still struggling to create anything thanks to Irans organised approach.

(136 Mins)

Good goalkeeping from Enyeama. He leaps over Victor Moses to catch a dangerous ball inside the box. This is his 92nd appearance in goal for Nigeria.

(134 Mins)

Samuel Ameobi has just posted "YES!!!" on Twitter. Clearly he is pleased that his brother Shola is being given a chance to play today.

(132 Mins)

Haji Safi has had plenty of work to do so far. Hes not had much opportunity to venture forward into the Nigerians half.

(130 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Nigeria make their second change of the match. A dejected Victor Moses is replaced by Shola Ameobi. He doesnt look pleased to be coming off.

(128 Mins)

Ghoochannejad finds himself with a bit of space 20 metres out, but his shot bounces wide of Enyeamas goal. He could have done better with that.

(127 Mins)

Corner for Nigeria. Moses whips it in, but it doesnt clear the first man. Poor from the midfielder.

(126 Mins)

Oshaniwa is the latest player to go down. He clattered into Ramon Azeez but seemed to come off second best in the challenge. Its not long before hes back on his feet, however.

(125 Mins)

No changes at half-time for either side.

(124 Mins)

And were off. The good news is, it can only get better. Right?

(123 Mins)

Both Nigeria and Iran have got their teams together for a pre-half huddle.

(123 Mins)

The players are filtering back into the pitch. Were about to get back underway.

(119 Mins)

Carlos Queirozs tactics have been fairly straightforward so far: defend deep, and try to create chances on the break. Will his side be more adventurous in the second half? Play will resume shortly.

(115 Mins)

We mentioned earlier that Iran kept more clean sheets than anyone else who qualified for this tournament. Nigeria, in contrast, scored fewer goals than any other side that made it to Brazil...

(113 Mins)

The fans will be hoping for a more entertaining match in the second half. It started with plenty of noise, but the crowd have got noticeably quieter as the game has gone on.

(109 Mins)

None of the games in the World Cup so far have finished goalless. Nor have any of the matches ended in a draw. Could both of those records be broken by the end of this fixture?

(108 Mins)

Thats it for the first half. The crowd are booing as the sides march off, presumably because they are yet to see any goals.

(108 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Iran 0-0 Nigeria

(107 Mins)

Nigeria want a penalty as the ball clips Amirhossein Sadeghis arm in the box. It wasnt deliberate though, and the referee waves play on.

(105 Mins)

There will be two minutes of added time.

(103 Mins)

Ghoochannejad may regret not scoring a few minutes ago. Iran will struggle to put pressure on their opponents if they can only manage one shot on goal per half.

(100 Mins)

Nigeria are on the attack. Victor Moses chases down the ball on the left, but it goes out of play before he can get the cross away. A good spot by the referee.

(98 Mins)

The Nigerian fans have gone a bit quiet after that close call. Their side have had most of the possession so far, but nearly found themselves going behind.

(94 Mins)

Fantastic save! Vincent Enyeama brilliantly stops a header from Ghoochannejad at point-blank range. That was Irans first shot on target.

(94 Mins)

Ghoochannejad gets to the byline, but is tackled before he can get a cross away. Iran have a corner.

(91 Mins)

Close! Ahmed Musa takes a free-kick wide on the left, but aims for the near side of the goal instead of crossing the ball into the box. Alizera Haghighi scrambles back across goal, saving low to his right.

(90 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Oboabonas game is over, he is unable to continue after his injury. Joseph Yobo comes on to replace him.

(89 Mins)

Iran have had very little of the ball in their opponents half so far. They are playing with a very rigid formation, sitting deep in their own territory.

(86 Mins)

Ramon Azeez scampers forward but his pass through the Iranian defence is nowhere near a green shirt. Goal-kick.

(85 Mins)

Oboabona is back on the pitch. He looked like he might not be able to continue at one point.

(83 Mins)

Iran venture forward. Ashkan Dejagah goes down outside the box but the referee doesnt give anything. Still no chances for the Iranian side.

(83 Mins)

Oboabona has yet to rejoin the game. Nigeria temporarily down to ten men.

(80 Mins)

Godfrey Oboabona is down in the middle of the pitch. The Nigerian defender challenged Anderanik Teymourian for a high ball, but fell awkwardly as he hit the ground.

(78 Mins)

Nigeria are having to be patient in the final third. A cross comes over from the right, but its an easy catch for Haghighi.

(75 Mins)

Ogenyi Onazi is back on the field. There have been no chances since he limped off a few minutes ago.

(73 Mins)

Iran, in contrast, have one of the oldest squads in the World Cup. 11 of their players are aged 30 or older.

(71 Mins)

Its all Nigeria so far. They have come to Brazil with one of the youngest squads in the tournament, with 15 players aged 25 or younger.

(69 Mins)

Ogenyi Onazi is down. He looked to injure himself as he stretched to take a shot on the edge of the penalty area, sending the ball inches wide in the process. He is up and walking though, heading off the field for treatment.

(67 Mins)

Nigeria have the ball in the back of the net, but its disallowed for a foul on Haghighi in goal. John Obi Mikel looked to jump into the keeper as he leapt for the ball.

(66 Mins)

The pattern of the game is already becoming clear. Iran are sitting deep, letting Nigeria dictate play. Carlos Queirozs side qualified for the tournament having kept more clean sheets than any other side that made it to Brazil.

(63 Mins)

Victor Moses has the games opening shot on target. He fires goalwards from the edge of the box, but Haghighi gets his body behind it.

(61 Mins)

First foul of the game. Dejagah brings down Ambrose on the half-way line.

(59 Mins)

We are underway. Theres a cracking atmosphere in Arena da Baizada.

(57 Mins)

The teams are on the pitch and we are almost ready to start. At first viewing, Irans socks look to be well-fitting. Hopefully they have put their kit problems behind them...

(57 Mins)

Irans build-up has been plagued with controversy. Coach Carlos Queiroz has complained about the team being given "improper" kits to play in. Striker Karim Ansarifard backed his coach, saying: “They give us large size socks and after two days and being washed they shrink to a small size.”

(56 Mins)

Neither sides preparations have been ideal for this game. Nigeria lost to the USA 2-1 in a friendly before earning two draws with Greece and Scotland prior to the tournament.

(55 Mins)

Group F kicked-off last night with a win for Argentina, who overcame a determined Bosnia-Herzegovina side 2-1. With the South Americans strong favourites to win the group, you have to feel that Iran, Nigeria and Bosnia will be battling it out for second place.

(54 Mins)

Nigeria Starting XI: Engeama, Omeruo, Oboabona, Oshaniwa, Ambrose, Mikel, Azeez, Onazi, Musa, Moses, Emenike.

(53 Mins)

Iran Starting XI: Haghigi, Pooladi, Montazeri, Sadeghi, Mosseini, Timotian, Heydari, Nekounam, Haji Safi, Dejagah, Ghoochannejad.

(51 Mins)

This is only the second time that Iran and Nigeria have faced each other. Their previous match, a friendly in 1998, ended 1-0 thanks to a goal from Nigerias Ahmed Garcia. Sixteen years on, both sides will be looking for their first win in a World Cup finals since the tournament was hosted in France.

(50 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Iran v Nigeria. We are just ten minutes away from kick-off.

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