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Nigeria and Iran could be forced to draw lots

Nigeria and Iran could be forced to draw lots
June 22
16:43 2014

Nigeria and Iran could see their World Cup fate decided by the drawing of lots.

Argentina play Nigeria and Iran face Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F’s final matches on Wednesday, and if Iran and Argentina were both to win their games 1-0 then the FIFA Organising Committee would need to draw lots to determine whether the Super Eagles or Team Melli would advance to the next round.

Iran and Nigeria drew 0-0 in their opening match, with Iran then losing 1-0 to Argentina and Nigeria beating Bosnia 1-0 in their second games.

FIFA rules determine that teams should be separated first by points, then goal difference, then goals scored and then their head-to-head record. However, lots are used as a last recourse if they cannot otherwise be set apart.

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World Cup tiebreaker:

a) Greatest number of points obtained in all group matches

b) Goal difference in all group matches

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c) Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches

d) Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned

e) Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned

f) Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned

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g) Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Ireland and Netherlands were forced to draw lots after finishing level behind England in Group F. Both teams advanced under the rules of that year’s competition but the lots were used to determine which team would advance in second place and which in third to decide their opponents in the knockout stage. In the end, it was Republic of Ireland that got the nod to progress.

So, for the Super Eagles, it is not yet uhuru; and the only way for them to have their destiny in their hands is to secure at least a draw against Argentina.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Godwin
    Godwin June 23, 11:16

    Sound information to put the Super Eagles on their toes. But who says we cannot hammer Messi’s ARGENTINA? We beat them here at our backyard not too long ago and we can do it again now that the stakes are high to top the group.

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