Iran 0 Nigeria 0 player ratings: How did John Obi Mikel fare against Ashkan Dejagah?

A look at the individual performances in Curitiba

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It had to happen some time and tonight in Curitiba Iran and Nigeria played out the first draw of the tournament.

In contrast to the rest of this enthralling competition, the two sides could only manage to provide a dull 0-0 draw, the first disappointing match of this World Cup.

Stephen Keshi's men started with Premier League stars including John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses but produced a performance riddled with errors and few clear-cut chances.

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi replaced Moses after 52 minutes but couldn't break the deadlock and in the end the final whistle proved to be a sweet release.

But how did the players rate?


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