Nigeria 0 Iran 0: How it happened

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Full time in Brazil. Nigeria and Iran do their best to ruin all the fun of the opening games of the World Cup as they play out a truly woeful 0-0 draw in Group F. Nigeria had the majority of the possession but desperately lacked quality in the final third, while Iran showed little to no desire to push ahead and attack, despite their defensive solidity. Let’s everyone get our mortgages on Bosnia and Herzegovina to go through in this Group, folks! You wont see a worse match at World Cup 2014. I’m Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
90′ –  Two minutes of added time coming up. Is there someone, anyone, who wants to win this?
89′ – Substitution  Khosro Heydari Masoud (Iran)
89′ –  Great defending by Pooladi! Oshaniwa gets to the byline and whips a cross to the back post for Ameobi, who looks poised to head into the empty net, but the Iran left-back stretches up to glance behind!
87′ –  We still have time for someone to prove themselves a hero, but the way the game is going Iran are not going to be breached, especially with the lack of pace and tempo in the match.
85′ –  It is quite difficult to assess the performance of Iran. They have clearly set out to play defensively and claim the draw or perhaps a narrow 1-0 win, but should this be the tactic against the only side in the group you have a realistic chance of defeating? Defensively sound, but no desire to attack.
83′ –  If both sides play like this for the remainder of their time in the tournament then we could probably just write-off Group F already and award Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina a path through to the knockout stages. A desperate lack of quality on show in the final third.
81′ –  Odemwingie darts inside from the right wing and takes an assured touch on his chest before rasping a volley wide of the post. It was a cracking attempt, but the ref had already blew the whistle for a harsh handball on the Stoke man.
79′ –  We really are running out of negative adjectives to describe just how poor Nigeria have been in the final third. Every two minutes there appears to be an opening, but any potential attack is ruined by a misjudged cross or pass.
78′ – Substitution  Ashkan Dejagah Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iran)
78′ –  Carlos Queiroz makes his first change of the match as it sees Dejagah replaced by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
76′ –  Iran nearly snatch a goal against the run of play! Dejagah breaks away to the back post and looks to have all the time in the world to pick a header at goal, but instead looks to head back inside, allowing Nigeria to clear! A potential wake up call for the Super Eagles!
75′ –  Yellow Card – Andranik (Iran)
74′ –  Onazi initially does well to feign to shoot and sweep the ball past Nekounam, who dived in far too easily, but then the subsequent shot on goal in incredibly tame and trickles into the arms of the grateful Haghighi.
72′ –  A draw here does not really suite either side. You would expect Argentina to go ahead and top the group and Bosnia and Herzegovina put in a very strong performance against Lionel Messi and and his team-mates, so every point for these two nations is sure to be crucial to their cause.
70′ –  AMEOBI!! JUST WIDE!! The referee had actually already blew the whistle but the substitute just got beyond the Iran defence to glance a header a whisker wide! Just a small warning to the Asian nation there!
69′ – Substitution  Ramon Azeez  Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria)
68′ –  Keshi makes his third and final change here and it is another positive one as Azeez comes off to be replaced by Stoke striker, Peter Odemwingie. Three forward on for the Super Eagles now; they realise this is probably a must win game!
66′ –  Like the small period in the first half, Iran are just enjoying a small period of dominance here as they look to pose a threat in the final third. They do have some quality up top but Ghoochannejhad has been pretty isolated. Let’s see how positive they will be in the remaining minutes.
64′ –  Mikel collects the ball in the middle of the park once again and instead of

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