WC 2018: Nigerians celebrate after 2-0 win against Iceland

WC 2018: Nigerians celebrate after 2-0 win against Iceland”

When Croatia and Iceland meet in their final group match, Croatia's desire to win the game directly translates to Argentina's elimination chances. The Super Eagles enjoyed 65% of meaningless possession in the opening half without mustering a shot on goal.

Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Iceland in Volgograd.

Nigeria - will join Croatia in the knockout stages if they beat Argentina.

However, as he launched the ball into the Nigerian mixer, the West African defence cleared the danger, and all of a sudden the Super Eagles found themselves marauding forward with the Icelandic defence stretched and in a very beleaguered position.

"Our next match against Argentina will be a very hard encounter but we can come out victorious if we increase our efforts, take the match seriously and sit-up", he said.

Iceland were handed a lifeline in the 80th minute when ref Matthew Conger consulted with VAR before awarding a penalty, but Sigurdsson sent his spot kick over the crossbar. Remember that four points is the magic number, so Nigeria need some semblance of a positive result in their second match to keep the dream alive.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson named midfielder Rurik Gislason to replace experienced winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who picked up an injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Argentina.

It had started well for Iceland, Sigurdsson forcing two saves from 19-year-old keeper Francis Uzoho inside the opening five minutes; as many shots on target as they managed in 90 minutes against Argentina.

Croatia top Group D with six points following their win over Argentina on Friday evening, while Nigeria sit in second with their win over Iceland. A Nigeria draw may also be enough, although they could then end up level on points with Iceland if the latter win, bringing goal difference into play. They went into the tournament as arguably Africa's most successful side in its history and the only nation from the continent to reach the second round on three previous occasions. "But we have a team that is at its best when we have the opposition in front of us, and we have clinical attacking players when we attack", Iceland's hero of that game, goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson said after facing Lionel Messi.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria take on Iceland in Volgograd.

"We don't want to hide anything but we need to prepare our team the best way possible", the German said.

They faced off with the South American giants and group favourites Argentina in a David vs Goliath clash. We have rotated the team a lot during qualification and we are not afraid, we will not change our plans of what we have made a decision to do before today's game.

"All the credit to him", Hallgrimsson said.

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