Nigeria vs Iceland
World Cup 2018 Group D
Date: Friday, 22 June 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 GMT +2
Venue: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Iceland made a glorious World Cup debut by holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon. They will seek build on such result to pick up the historic maiden victory at the competition on Friday when they take on Nigeria at Volgograd Arena.
Head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson can be proud of his team’s magnificent defensive performance against one of the event’s favourites Argentina. His back line had to handle the star-studded attack of La Albiceleste’s led by Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, but they’ve done a fantastic job conceding just once in 90 minutes.
Nigeria stand next up for them in what should be a much easier fixture for the European hopefuls.
The Super Eagles disappointed heavily in their opening affair falling 2-0 to Croatia in a match which saw no shots on target before the hour-mark.
Oghenakaro Etebo was unlucky to put the Croats ahead scoring an own goal 15 minutes before the break, while Luka Modric doubled the lead for the Balkans side late on converting the penalty-kick.
It was a rather poor performance for the Gernot Rohr’s men who obviously lacked creativity moving forward.
Victor Moses was the only one who actually tried to do something up front, but he could have not done much against the stern defensive line of Croatia’s on the day.
The two teams will lock horns first the first time ever.
Iceland earned a massive point on their World Cup debut showing a fabulous defensive performance against Argentina.
Nigeria and Iceland to draw: 3.125
Iceland to win: 2.77