• Iran have won only one of their nine games at the World Cup, against USA in 1998 (2-1).
  • Carlos Queiroz's side have never kept a clean sheet in a World Cup game.
  • Nigeria are winless in their last eight World Cup games (D2 L6). It's the longest current drought among the 32 teams taking part in 2014.
  • The one previous meeting between Iran and Nigeria came in a friendly in 1998; the Super Eagles won 1-0.
  • No team scored more goals than Iran in the 2014 Asian World Cup qualifiers (30).
  • Nigeria's three goals at the 2010 World Cup all came from set piece situations (one penalty, one direct free kick and one from a throw-in).
  • Over half (11/21) of the goals that Nigeria have conceded at World Cups have come from set plays, however (three corners, two direct free kicks, four indirect free kicks and two penalties).
  • No goalkeeper kept more clean sheets in the top five European leagues in 2013/14 than Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama (21, for Lille).