Iceland will be hoping to build on one of the shocks of the World Cup opening round when they take on Nigeria in Volgograd.Having successfully stifled Lionel Messi and Argentina, Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side can put themselves in a good position to qualify from Group D if they compound Nigeria’s misery.
The Super Eagles know anything less than beating Iceland will leave them with an uphill task to avoid elimination after defeat against Croatia on Saturday – and no one wants to see those stylish kits exit the tournament just yet.
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BRAZILIAN superstar Neymar was rendered helpless in the opening game of the World Cup by Switzerland and now an injury cloud looms over his nation’s hopes. Costa Rica will be out to record a win and stun one of the Cup contenders while keeping their chances of advancing out of the group stage alive. The second game of the night will see Nigeria take on Iceland in what is a wide open Group D thanks to Croatia taking down Argentina.
Serbia end the night’s action with a chance to secure their place in the knockout stages with a win over Switzerland.
Nigeria take on Iceland in their second match of World Cup Group D in Russia. The Super Eagles despite being winners of the best 2018 World Cup kit got off to a poor start. Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal and then William Troost-Ekong gifted Croatia a penalty. Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw after Lionel Messi’s penalty was saved by keeper Hannes Halldorsson.
Sportsmail provide you with everything you need to know for the World Cup 2018 clash Nigeria vs Iceland including how to watch, kick-off time, squads, stats and latest odds.
When and what time can I watch in the UK?
Nigeria vs Iceland takes place on Friday 22nd June at 4pm (BST) with starting line-ups expected to be announced a hour before kick-off.
What time does it kick-off in the US?
Our American audience will be able to catch Nigeria vs Iceland on Friday 22nd June at 11am (EST).
When and what time can I watch in Australia?
Our Australian audience will be able to catch Nigeria vs Iceland on Saturday 23rd June at 12:30am (ACST).
Nigeria take on Iceland on Friday, seeking to salvage their faltering World Cup campaign but wary of the Nordic team’s capacity to go toe to toe with their supposed superiors. Coach Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles – who brought the youngest squad to Russia, with an average age of around 25 years of age — have now won just one of their past 13 games at World Cups. Nigeria reached the knockout phase at the 2014 World Cup, but slipped to a 2-0 defeat in their Group D opener against Croatia in Kaliningrad, courtesy of an Oghenekaro Etebo own-goal and a Luka Modric penalty. Their side, including 19-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, were almost unrecognisable from the team beaten by France in the last 16 four years ago.
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“Sometimes we were a little bit naive on set pieces but we will work on it,” said Rohr. Iceland are buoyant after what their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson described as a “schoolbook example” of how to defend against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. 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. “Maybe he would have been happier if we had played attacking football and lost 5-0. People can have their opinion about it but we really don’t care,” said goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.
The Nigeria game in Volgograd will be “a bit more open,” said the 34-year-old ‘keeper, whose string of saves, most notably from a Messi penalty, kept the 2014 finalists at bay. “Nigeria will be difficult to beat. They are fast and more direct than Argentina. It will be a different game in many ways,” he added.
Rohr believes his team could still make it out of a highly competitive group. “We are only one point behind (Iceland) and all is in our hands, so let’s be positive. Let them learn from this defeat (against Croatia) and try to do better,” said the former Bordeaux coach.