Eagles set to battle Iceland in Volgograd

Tanya Simon
June 22, 2018

Hello and welcome to the live coverage od Group D match between Nigeria and Iceland. Ball possession is Nigeria 59% - 41% Iceland.

After holding Argentina to a surprise draw, Iceland are hoping to make it four points in World Cup Group D against Nigeria at the Volgograd Arena on Friday (4pm BST). Messi complained that "Iceland didn't want to play" but the Nordic minnows, playing in their first-ever World Cup, were unimpressed by the criticism. The all-important game will be of great significance for Argentina too, as the result will decide their future in the competition. 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.

There has only been one previous meeting between Nigeria and Iceland, with the European side winning 3-0 in a friendly in August 1981. The Scandanvians, so impressive in beating England at Euro 2016 and taking a point off Argentina, can nearly subject Lionel Messi and co.to elimination if they win today. Nigeria did not have a single shot on goal in the first 45 minutes of the game.

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Nigeria have lost each of their last three World Cup games. Nigeria on the other hand is a team with good talent but lack the kind of morale Iceland have at the moment. I've got to go for Iceland as Nigeria were very bad against Croatia. For Iceland, six of their previous seven matches have ended with over 2.5 goals scored, five actually with an average of 3.5.

Nigeria: Francis Uzoho, Bryan Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel (capt), Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kenneth Omeruo.

Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (C) vies with Nigeria's forward Kelechi Iheanacho (L) during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22, 2018.

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