Iceland will play against Nigeria on Friday and will try to win three points to boost chances to advance for round of 16, following the devastating defeat of Argentina yesterday.
Iceland succeeded in pulling out a 1-1 draw against Argentina in their Group D opener, thanked to a hard-working collective performance.
The European country has one point and are country second in the group. They wish to increase their point to four by end of Nigeria clash.
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said his team has prepared set-pieces for every opponent they meet. “It is nothing different from Nigeria or Argentina,” he added.
Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr said he has a great respect for Iceland.
The Europeans, he added, “did so well against Argentina. They don’t have the star players in the team. We don’t have either. So… (the game) will be a battle of collectivness.” Nigeria need to fight to win because they lost by two goals to Croatia in their first match, or they will be eliminated.
Nigeria and Iceland met only once before, when the European side won 3-0 against the Africans in a friendly in August 1981.
All of five Nigeria’s wins at the World Cup have been against European teams.
Source: Kuwait News Agency