Football

Iran hold Nigeria to 0-0 draw in World Cup

Nigeria's Shola Ameobi, top right, heads the ball wide during the group F World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

CURITIBA, Brazil: Nigeria and Iran played out the first draw of the 2014 World Cup in a drab 0-0 affair in Curitiba on Monday.

A tournament that had been spoiling fans in Brazil with goals and excitement was due a dull match and these two sides delivered on that.

Nigeria -- who are now winless in nine World Cup matches, a longer streak than anyone else in the competition -- did have the ball in the net early in the first half after a scramble in the box but it was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi.

 

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