10 interesting stats ahead of Nigeria vs Iran

0 – Iran have never kept a clean sheet in the 9 World Cup matches they have played.

0 – Nigeria and Ivory Coast were the only undefeated sides in qualifying from the African section.

1 – Iran have won only 1 of their previous 9 World Cup matches. This was a 2-1 win over the USA at France ’98.

1 – Nigiera became the first nation to lose to Greece in a World Cup when they were beaten by the 2004 European champions in their opening group game.

8 – Nigeria are winless in their last eight World Cup matches since beating Bulgaria 1-0 at France ’98. They have lost 6 matches during this streak.

9 – Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad was top scorer in Asian qualifying with 9 goals in 11 games.

11 – 11 of Iran’s 23-man squad are over the age of 30.

21 – Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama kept the most clean sheets in the traditional top five European Leagues last season.

30 – Iran were the top scorers in Asian qualifying with 30 goals.

140 – Only Spain’s Iker Casillas (154) and Japan’s Yasuhito Endō (144) have more caps than Iran captain Javad Nekounam (140) heading into this World Cup.

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