Emmanuel Emenike, Alireza Jahan Bakhsh

Emmanuel Emenike of Nigeria, left, and Alireza Jahan Bakhsh of Iran battle for the ball during a Group F match at the World Cup. (Julian Finney / Getty Images / June 16, 2014)

Stop the presses.

The World Cup has its first tie and the first goals-starved game, all wrapped up in 90, mostly humdrum minutes involving Nigeria and Iran that elicited the occasional jeer from a crowd made up primarily by Brazilians, who tend to find a lack of scoring boring.

A draw was inevitable. Twelve prior matches had ended with a winner and loser.

It was a double shutout.

The average of 3.42 goals per game was unsustainable. Every previous encounter had been blessed with at least three scores other than Mexico-Cameroon, in which two goals were mistakenly wiped off by phantom offside infractions.

Nigeria could not convert even with a ball possession edge of 69% to 31% and seven corner kicks.

If standings were kept for moral victories, Iran would be 1-0.

A defensive mind-set clicked for a soccer program so cash-strapped that the federation reportedly forbade the players from indulging in the common postgame ritual of exchanging jerseys with the opponent. (If shoe-swapping were the tradition instead, Nigeria might have had trouble giving away its pastel-colored footwear.)

The point for the draw might not pay for a bigger supply of shirts, but it exceeds some projections for Iran for the entire tournament.