The first draw of the FIFA World Cup wasn’t exciting at all after Nigeria squandered numerous chances and sat back to allow Iran back into the game. The match ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
The result painfully stings for Nigeria, who were better poised to survive and move through to the knockout phases of the competition in a group that also features Argentina and Bosnia. To qualify, Nigeria now needs to certainly beat tough European nation Bosnia.
Bosnia are spearheaded by lanky Manchester City forward Edwin Dzeko.
After numerous raids in the American eighteen area, Andre Ayew finally beat Tim Howard at the near post from close range in the 82nd minute.
John Brookes, a 21 year old German-American making his competitive debut for the United States, who was on the field because a starting full back was hurt, powered a fierce header into the net in the 86th minute to give the Americans all the points on the day.
The result means that only Ivory Coast, 2-1 victors over Japan, are the only African nation to have collected maximum points in the first round of matches. It is highly unlikely that Algeria can overcome a youthful and highly talented Belgium side this afternoon.