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FULL TIME: We've been spoiled with goals at this World Cup so far and it was only a matter of time before we had our first goalless encounter. In truth, neither Iran or Nigeria did enough to earn the three points, with clear-cut chances in this match few and far between.
The corner is lifted to the back post from the Nigeria right and Ameobi powers a header at goal, but it's cleared away byPooladi as it looks to be going on target.
Musa gets to the byline on the left-hand side and chips to the back post, Ameobi is waiting but it's deflected wide.
Ambrose lifts a ball to the back post and Ameobi rises highest, but his looping header is easily claimed by Haghighi.
Pooladi cuts in from the Iran left and Teymourian hits from the edge of the box, but it's mishit and goes wide.
Onazi collects the ball from the free kick and hits a side-footed effort from distance, but it's very tame and doesn't trouble the Iranian stopper.
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CHANCE! Ameobi tries to get on the edge of a deep cross into the box, but he impedes the Iranian defender and the effort wouldn't have counted anyway.
Along with the other Nigerian substitute Yobo, Odemwingie was another player who made an unexpected return to recent Nigerian squads and made the final 23.
The game is experiencing something of a lull, neither side is keeping hold of the ball and both teams are failing to retain possession.
Ghoochannejhad cuts in on his left foot, gets his head up and tries a shot from all of 40 yards, but it's tame and doesn't trouble Enyeama.
The long-time Newcastle United forward, who was released by the English Premier League side before the finals, has entered the fray.
Ghoochannejhad cuts in onto his left foot and tries to curl one towards goal, but it's wide of Enyeama's right-hand post.
Iran get us underway for the second period.
This is the 2nd match at the 2014 finals with a 0-0 score at halftime. In the previous match an African team was also involved: Cameroon against Mexico. The Mexicans won that match 1-0.
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Nigeria have only scored in the first half in one of their last seven matches.
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HALF TIME: It's been an even opening period, with neither side able to create too many clear-cut opportunities. Ghoochannejhad had the best chance of the first period, forcing Enyeama into a superb save. Can these sides continue the remarkable scoring streak at Brazil 2014?
The Nigerian No9 cuts in from the left and hits towards goal, but it's a scuffed shot and doesn't trouble Haghighi.
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GREAT SAVE! After good work by Teymourian leads to a corner for Iran, Dejagah whips the set-piece in and Ghoochannejhad heads towards goal. The Lille keeper is down in a flash to keep it out.
CLOSE! Musa catches everyone in the stadium out with a deceptive whipped free kick from the Nigerian left. Haghighi recovers in time to push the ball wide.
The former Everton man enters the field to win his 99th cap for his country. He replaces Oboabona, who hasn't recovered from that earlier awkward fall.
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Oboabona goes up for a header and lands a little awkwardly. He goes to stand up after the fall, but stops and sits on the turf. He leaves the field on a stretcher and is receiving treatment.
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JUST WIDE! The ball breaks to Onazi on the edge of the penalty area, but his side-footed effort goes past the post.
IN THE NET! But it doesn't count. Musa is adjudged to have fouled the Iranian keeper and it's ruled out.
GREAT STOP! Emenike cuts in on the Nigerian left and hits a right-footed cross into the penalty area. Musa is arriving but a wonderful defensive tackle by Pooladi cuts it out.
Moses cuts inside from the Nigerian left and hits a pop shot from the edge of the box, but it's comfortable for Haghighi.
We're underway in Curitiba, with both sides looking for their first World Cup win since 1998.
Nigeria, are the second-youngest squad at the tournament (25 Years, 5 Months, 12 Days) behind Ghana and seven of their starting XI are under the age of 24. Kenneth Omeruo, the youngest player in Group F, starts in the centre of defence.
'Arise, O Compatriots' now rings out around the Estadio das Dunas in Natal and the Nigerians, led by their captain Vincent Enyeama, sing passionately.
The Iranian anthem begins to play. The stadium stands and the Iranian players sing along.
The FIFA anthem plays as the two sides walk out on to the pitch, and we're almost ready for the national anthems.
12 A. HAGHIGHI, 2 KH. HEYDARI, 3 HAJI SAFI, 4 J. HOSSEINI, 5 AMIRHOSSEIN, 6 J. NEKOUNAM, 14 ANDRANIK, 15 MONTAZERI, 16 REZA, 21 DEJAGAH, 23 MEHRDAD
1 ENYEAMA, 5 AMBROSE, 7 MUSA, 9 EMENIKE, 10 MIKEL, 11 MOSES, 13 OSHANIWA, 14 OBOABONA, 15 AZEEZ, 17 ONAZI, 22 OMERUO
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1 Rahman AHMADI, 2 Khosro HEYDARI, 4 Jalal HOSSEINI, 15 Pejman MONTAZERI, 19 Hashem BEIKZADEH, 6 Javad NEKOUNAM, 7 Masoud SHOJAEI, 14 Andranik TIMOTIAN, 21 Ashkan DEJAGAH, 10 Karim ANSARI FARD, 16 Reza GHOOCHANNEJAD
1 Vincent ENYEAMA, 2 Joseph YOBO, 5 Efe AMBROSE, 14 Godfrey OBOABONA, 10 John Obi MIKEL, 11 Victor MOSES, 17 Ogenyi ONAZI, 7 Ahmed MUSA, 8 Peter ODEMWINGIE, 9 Emmanuel EMENIKE
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Javad Nekounam will play his 140th match for Iran today. Only record holder Ali Daei (149) has more. At the 2014 World Cup only one outfield player has more caps than Nekounam: Yasuhito Endo (JPN, 145).
DID YOU KNOW?
Vincent Enyeama played at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and he joins Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu as the only Nigerians to play at three World Cups for Nigeria.
Nigeria are winless in their last eight World Cup matches. Since beating Bulgaria 1-0 in 1998, the Super Eagles have racked up just two draws and six defeats.
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“I remember watching the World Cup in South Africa. It was disappointing that we didn’t come out of the group in 2010. We’ll have to play for the Nigerian fans because it was a massive welcome when we won the African Cup of Nations. They showed us how much they love football and how much they are behind us, so we have to play for them."
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Both teams are now warming-up on the Arena da Baixada pitch as both teams receive a warm welcome.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Nigeria and Iran squared up once in a friendly in 1998, when Ahmed Garba’s goal secured a 1-0 win for the Super Eagles.
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The long awaited match day. Nigeria vs Iran. Brazil 2014 World Cup. Up Nigeria. Up Eagles. 💚— Peter Odemwingie (@Peter Odemwingie) 16/06/2014 16:05
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Welcome to our live coverage of Monday's second World Cup match! Arena da Baixada in Curitiba is the venue for the Group F encounter between Iran and Nigeria. The line-ups are in and we'll bring you the latest updates on this match-up in the next hour's build-up to kick-off!
The Starting XIs have been announced!
#IRN LINE-UP: Haghighi, Heydari, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Timotian, Montazeri, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi #IRNNGA— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 16/06/2014 17:57
#NGA LINE-UP: Enyeama (c), Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Oboabona, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Azeez, Musa, Moses, Emenike #IRNNGA #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 16/06/2014 17:58
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba