17 Jun 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: Iran vs Nigeria 12th Match in Pictures

Nigeria and Iran delivered the first draw of the World Cup on Monday as they ground out a scrappy 0-0 stalemate in their opening match in Group F.

The draw at the Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba followed 12 mostly high scoring and attacking games.

After a first half in which Nigeria failed to capitalize on its dominance, chances were few and far between in the second.

Iranian fans cheer for their team before the start of the Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria's forward Emmanuel Emenike (L) fights for the ball with Iran's defender Mehrdad Pooladi.

Iran's defender Jalal Hosseini (R) heads the ball with Nigeria's defender Juwon Oshaniwa.

Iran's defender Mehrdad Pooladi controls the ball.

Fans hold a sign reading "Bring back our girls" in support of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram as they attend the football match between Iran and Nigeria.

Nigerian fan (L) poses with a supporter of Brazil.

Iran's defender Khosro Heidari and midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi (L) kick the ball away from the goal.

Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz attends the Group F football match.

Iranian fan cheers before a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria.

Iranian fans cheer for their team before the start of the Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria.

Nigeria's defender Kenneth Omeruo (L) fights for the ball with Iran's defender Khosro Heidari.

Nigeria's forward Emmanuel Emenike falls during match.

Brazilian fan cheers before a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria.


Nigeria's forward Victor Moses controls the ball.

Nigeria's midfielder Ramon Azeez (back) challenges Iran's midfielder Andranik Teymourian.

Nigeria's Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel and Nigeria's defender Joseph Yobo (R) shake hands at the end of match.

(From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria.

Iran's national team players (top L-R) goalkeeper Alireza Haqiqi, defender Amir Hossein Sadeqi, defender Jalal Hosseini, midfielder Andranik Teymourian, defender Pejman Montazeri, midfielder and captain Javad Nekounam, (bottom L-R) defender Mehrdad Pooladi, forward Reza Ghoochannejhad, midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi, defender Khosro Heidari and forward Ashkan Dejagah pose for a picture before the start of the Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
(AFP Photo)

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