Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nigeria 0 v Iran 0: World Cup 2014 – as it happened, Reactions

Nigeria 0 v Iran 0: World Cup 2014

It was a boring draw, defensively unexcited game as Nigeria and Iran became the first sides to draw at the 2014 World Cup as they played out a goalless 0-0 draw in Curitiba on Monday.

John Obi Mikel was left frustrated after the game "I think we are all disapponted. The first game of every tournament it is very important to win and we came out to win, but the Iranian team had a good idea of what they wanted to do to stop us playing and stop us creating chances.

"We are still here a draw is not a bad result. We still have two games to play, the next game will be important for us and Bosnia.

"We have to go back to training, improve the things we did wrong and get those right."

Stephan Keshi, the African champion coach was disappointed at his players for not converting their chances. "There was a lot of anxiety. My players tried to finish the game in the first 25 minutes, but when the goal didn't come I think we pushed a bit too hard and frustrations started to come in," he said.

"I am not happy, but we have to give respect to Iran. They came in, they had their gameplan, they sat back and they did it well."

After a bright start from Nigeria, the players kinda lost their creative touch and goal cleats at home. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was full of praise for his side

"I must praise my players, they more than deserved this draw. The most important thing is that everything is now open to us."

It was a boring draw. How would you rate the players?

Iran: Haghighi, Heydari, Hajsafi, Hosseini, Pooladi, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Timotian, Montazeri, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah (Jakhanbakhsk 78'),

Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Oboabona (Yobo 29'), Omeruo, Onazi, Mikel Obi, Azeez (Odemwingie 69'), Moses (Ameobi 52'), Musa, Emenike.


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