Eagles drew 0-0 with Iran in their opening game of the World Cup.
The Super Eagles were expected to cruise past Carlos
Quieroz’s side, and for large parts of the game they threatened to do
just that, but every time the final was lacking and let Iran off the
In fact, Iran could have grabbed all three points but for a brilliant point-black save from Vincent Enyeama in the first half.
Victor Moses shot straight at goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi early on, before Ogenyi Onazi fired across the face of goal.
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Eagles also had the ball in the back of the net on eight minutes, but
it was rightfully ruled out for Jon Obi Mikel’s foul on the goalie.
were forced into an early change when Godfrey Oboabona hobbled off with
an ankle injury, with Joseph Yobo coming on for his 98th cap.
Musa came close on the half-hour when his clever free-kick forced
Haghighi to scramble a save, but then a huge moment as Enyeama saved
brilliantly from Reza Ghoochannej’s close-range header.
Ameobi was introduced early in the second half and had a great chance
with 20 minutes to go when Juwon Oshaniwa crossed from the left – one of
the few crosses to find the target – but the Newcastle United striker
could only direct his header wide.
Mikel produced a lovely flick
for Ozase Odemwingie to run onto and volley just wide, though the
referee wrongly adjudged him to have handled, while Ameobi came close
twice in the dying second, but the Eagles could not break through as the
first draw of the 2014 World Cup was played out.