Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Nigeria's reluctant tactical change paid dividends in Iceland win - Rohr

Nigeria's reluctant tactical change paid dividends in Iceland win - Rohr

Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland in their Group D fixture at the 2018 World Cup. Croatia, with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria last week and a 3-0 stunner over Argentina on Thursday, has already clinched a spot in the knockout stage. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16.

And so, Iceland versus Nigeria now takes on a whole lot more significance than we would have expected. 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.

"I think scoring against Argentina isn't that hard for me", he smiled after his Man-of-the-Match performance in Volgograd. After Argentina's struggles through the first two games and Croatia's dominance, Group D suddenly looks wide open heading into the final day of play for all four teams on June 26.

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As the debate has raged over what Lionel Messi's poor performances in Russian Federation mean for his status as arguably the greatest ever to play the game, some suggested two-goal hero Musa - who now has four World Cup goals to his name in total after bagging two in Brazil four years ago - was a new candidate for the GOAT honors. If both win on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, they'll be hoping to top the other on tiebreakers, where Iceland has a slight advantage in goal differential after two games played. "I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn", said the German.

Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson has not recovered from the calf injury he picked up against Argentina and is set to miss Friday's crucial Group D clash with Nigeria.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says that his side are looking to turn up the heat on Iceland in a sweltering Volgograd on Friday as they bid to keep their World Cup campaign alive.

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With the win, Nigeria moves into second place in the group with three points from two games, ahead of Argentina and Iceland with one point each. The spot kick was awarded after a video-reviewed foul on Tyronne Ebuehi for clumsily bringing down Alfred Finnbogason in the area. This is how this group is going to be played, he said.

"We have John Obi Mikel who is still a very good player and we have Victor Moses and they are well known everywhere".

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