Iran vs. Nigeria: 5 Things We Learned

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Iran vs. Nigeria: 5 Things We Learned
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Nigeria’s World Cup hangs in the balance following a disappointing opening draw with Iran. While Team Melli deserve credit for their defensive resiliency, they were hardly tested by a hapless Super Eagles side.

Despite enjoying 63 percent of the possession, Nigeria were lacking cohesion in the final third and were frustratingly prone to long-range shots and misplaced passing.

There was an overall lack of vitality or energy about the performance, and with Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina lying in wait, it becomes difficult to imagine how they will manage to escape from Group F.

An injury to Godfrey Oboabona, particularly coming on top of the pre-tournament problem suffered by Elderson Echiejile, means that coach Stephen Keshi has a number of issues to deal with before the Super Eagles meet the Eastern Europeans on Saturday.

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