John Obi Mikel disappointed by draw with Iran

John Obi Mikel of Nigeria gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Iran and Nigeria at Arena da Baixada on June 16, 2014
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Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel expresses his disappointment following the team's 0-0 draw with Iran at the World Cup.

Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has expressed his disappointment following the team's goalless draw with Iran at the World Cup.

The Super Eagles dominated for much of the match in Curitiba on Monday, but they were unable to breach the Iranian defence.

Mikel now believes that the Nigerians cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to reach the second round of the tournament.

"Naturally we're disappointed because we know what it means to win your opening match at the World Cup," he told FIFA.com.

"We thought we had a good chance of winning. We created some openings in the first half and I think we deserved to score. Iran kept us at bay, though, and they were well organised at the back.

"We need to raise our game if we want to reach the next round. We prepared very well for this World Cup and we can't afford to drop another point in our remaining games."

Nigeria return to action on Saturday when they face Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria makes a save over teammates Joseph Yobo and Ashkan Dejagah of Iran during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match on June 16, 2014
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