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Super Eagles Held To Goaless Draw In World Cup Opener
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Super Eagles Held To Goaless Draw In World Cup Opener

The Super Eagles began its 2014 World Cup campaign with an unimpressive performance as the team was held 0-0 by Iran at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba on Monday.
With the usual regulars such as Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Emmanuel Emenike, Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Vincent Enyeama and Efe Ambrose on the Nigeria’s line up, lots was expected from the team, in terms of running riots on its Iranian counterpart with ease.
Carlos Queroz’s Iran coached side showed great confidence with the ball and matched the Super Eagles strength for strength before succumbing to the energetic play of Onazi, who had to wriggle his way in the middle of the pack.
Nigeria’s Victor Moses had a chance to test Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi in the ninth minute after a beautiful inter change of passes from the left flank but never made any serious threat.
However, the Super Eagles in the 20th minute scored from its first corner kick but was disallowed by the center referee as a result of an infringement on Iran’s Haghighi.
There was little scare for the team as Ogenyi Onazi picked up a slight injury which he was able to shake-off immediately.
Also, Godfrey Oboabona was stretched off from the field after he landed badly with his left foot during an aerial collision with an Iranian midfielder and was later replaced by Joseph Yobo.
Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama who was almost on holiday was woken soon got a call to service with the best save of the match, a header from Reza Ghoochanneijhad that was almost converted from Iran’s corner.
The commencement of the second half, saw the Charlton striker redirect his shot down toward the middle of the goal. Unfortunately, the ball was also pushed straight at Enyeama,
Despite, the introduction of Shola Ameobi and Osaze Odemwingie in the second half of the match, the Super Eagles failed to make any serious threat in its opponents’ 18-yard box as the team struggled to create any meaningful chances.
With this, the Eagles must win its next match, if it hopes to remain in contention.

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