World Cup 2014

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Mehrdad Pooladi

Mehrdad Pooladi Iran v Nigeria Getty


We’ve got our first draw of the 2014 World Cup and it’s largely thanks Iran’s defender, Mehrdad Pooladi.

There wasn’t much to write home about when Iran faced off against Nigeria, playing to a 0-0 draw in Curitiba, Brazil. The biggest chance of the match came in the dying moments when Nigeria crossed a dangerous ball into the box, but Mehrdad was waiting at the back post and cleared the ball away just in time.

The very next play Nigeria played a corner into the box and Shola Ameobi was there to head a screaming ball that was destined for the back of the net before Mehrdad’s head made another appearance, blocking the chance and preserving the point for Iran.

What did you think of Mehrdad’s performance? Did any other players stand out to you?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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