George Abbey: How Super Eagles Can Overcome Iceland

Lynette Rowe
June 22, 2018

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Group D play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation resumes Friday when Iceland takes on Nigeria.

Iceland, who feature many players based in northern European countries, have chosen a resort near Sochi, on Russia's hot Black Sea coast, to help their acclimatisation.

Super Eagles coach Gert Rohr has rung in the changes from the top-down following Nigeria's own defeat to Croatia.

"This is a must-win game for Nigeria and that makes it a little bit psychologically different, they have to win", he said. Graphics, one for each match, show head-to-head and tournament records for the second group stage matches at FIFA World Cup 2018.

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The Super Eagles are also in a losing streak in the World Cup, losing each of their last three games.

"We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game".

Nigeria, on the other hand, are just so clearly lacking in creativity that I am struggling to see how they will break Iceland down.

Hallgrimsson has revealed that winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson isn't expected to recover in time to play. The Scandanvians, so impressive in beating England at Euro 2016 and taking a point off Argentina, can nearly subject Lionel Messi and elimination if they win today. After suffering a 3-0 loss against Croatia, Argentina will hope Iceland and Nigeria game results in a draw, or Nigeria manages a win, as an Iceland victory will put the debutants in cruise control. Against England in their World Cup warm-up friendly, they looked lost for most of the game, and they never really got going against Croatia, either. For Iceland, six of their previous seven matches have ended with over 2.5 goals scored, five actually with an average of 3.5.

Alex Iwobi will be hoping to start again on the wing, and his trickery will be a needed if Nigeria is to break down the Iceland defence.

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