Iceland Captain, Gunnarsson: Nigeria Will Be Tougher Than Argentina

Gernot Rohr

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Playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who recovered from injury just in time for the World Cup, played 90 minutes against the South Americans, raising hopes he will remain fit for Nigeria.

In a potential blow for Iceland, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson - who is central to the team's quick, counter-attacking style - is a doubt after tearing a muscle in the Argentina game. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland. Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after his sensational first touch on a cross into the box set up an unstoppable half-volley. Picking up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, Musa mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.

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NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, told journalists yesterday that Rohr has met part of his mandate, which is to build a young virile team, adding that the federation will continue to support his efforts to make Nigeria one of the power houses of worldwide football.

The Leicester City striker struck twice in the second half to keep the Super Eagles in with a chance of reaching the last-16.

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The win for Nigeria means the team can move on if it beats Argentina, but it could also draw and advance as long as Iceland doesn't beat Croatia.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he is not under pressure ahead of the match.

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A fan dressed as a prophet rang a bell and chanted a prayer predicting, a win for Nigeria while bemused Iceland fans watched them. Iceland are one of the best around at setting up not to be beaten - but they'll need to go out and win this match.

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