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Nigeria v Iceland preview: Iceland aim for World Cup Group D win


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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).

Iceland are buoyant after their shock result against Argentina where Lionel Messi saw a potentially match-winning penalty saved by Hannes Halldorsson.

Nigeria, meanwhile, lost their opening match 2-0 to Croatia and Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson expects the Super Eagles to come out firing.

“This is a must-win game for Nigeria and that makes it a little bit psychologically different, they have to win,” he said.

“This group is going to be decided in the last minutes, in the last game. It’s going to be down to some margins, a set piece, a goal in injury time. This is how this group is going to be played.”

If Nigeria lose, they would become the third African side after Morocco and Egypt to be dumped out after just two group matches.

Head coach Gernot Rohr hit back at a reporter when asked if a loss might see his job on the line.

“We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question. You can ask this question again after the game, but I will tell you we will not lose,” he said.

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Hallgrimsson has revealed that winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson isn’t expected to recover in time to play.

Gudmundsson tore his calf muscle in Iceland’s 1-1 draw against Argentina.

Leicester’s Ahmed Musa could start for Nigeria after coming off the bench in their opening game.


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