IRAN 0 – 0 NIGERIA

Up until now, the World Cup has been exciting and full of goals. This game marked the first goalless draw of the tournament and it was frustrating to watch.

The Africans had been expected to win this, with proven players who have played in the English Premier League and also Champions League including John Obi Mikel, Viktor Moses and Shola Ameobi.

Iran did not have much to offer but mostly attempted to storm their way through central midfield and there were many hard fought battles which the Nigerians seemed to win most of the time. Countless tackles and change in possession would happen but it was not to be helpful, the battles just slowed the game down and stopped the player attacking from ever really getting inside the penalty area as once he had won the ball in central midfield he still had to deal with 4 defenders who would not let him past.

There were a few opportunities for the Nigerians to score but they were disappointing in their finishing and did not capitalize when getting the few chances they had to take the lead and score what probably would have been the only goal of the game.

KEY PLAYERS: Fulham’s Iranian player, Dejagah. He didn’t score but looked threatening when he had the chance to attack.

Shola Ameobi had the most chances to score and I had hoped to see him win the game by getting the only goal of the game (or more) but he was always tightly marked and it didn’t happen.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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