Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nigeria 0-0 Iceland in first half

Nigeria 0-0 Iceland in first half

The outcome of Nigeria vs Iceland could have a huge impact on who progresses to the knockout stages following Croatia's shock 3-0 win over Argentina last night.

15 minutes into the game: Rurik Gislason fouls an Iceland opponent fouls with an untimed slide tackle and that has been more-or-less the story of the first 15 mins of play.

Alex Iwobi will be hoping to start again on the wing, and his trickery will be a needed if Nigeria is to break down the Iceland defence. Gernot Rohr will be hoping that his youthful squad has learnt from their opener, and taken those lessons into the game against Iceland a side who are similarly defensively robust.

Iceland are without a win in the last 7 internationals and Nigeria have lost 4 of their last 5 matches.

Iceland and Nigeria take the field on Friday in Group D with so much on the line in their second match.

He told a press conference ahead of the game at the Volgograd Arena on Friday: "We expect to win".

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Gudmundsson, who plays for Burnley in England's Premier League, has 65 caps for Iceland and is a key part of the team's fast, counter-attacking style.

These two sides have never met in global competition.

After recording eight shots against Argentina in the first half of their first match, Iceland failed to register a single attempt on goal in the second 45 minutes. Nigeria on the other hand is a team with good talent but lack the kind of morale Iceland have at the moment. The possession was almost even, with Nigeria owning 47% possession in the loss, outshooting Croatia 14-11 with each side logging 2 shots on target apiece.

First corner for Nigeria. Iceland and Nigeria have met only once before, in 1981, when the European side ran away comfortable winners with a 3-0 victory.

Iceland were then handed a way back into the game from the penalty spot, after the New Zealander Matthew Conger consulted VAR to confirm the substitute Tyronne Ebuehi had brought down Alfred Finnbogason.

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