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FIFA World Cup: Russia 2018

Nigeria vs Iceland: A Must Win for Super Eagles

Having lost to Croatia in their first match, the Super Eagles must win their next match against Iceland if they are to stay in the competition.

Two of Africa’s representatives, Egypt and Morocco have so far been eliminated from the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup; putting disappointment on the faces of many Africans.

With no African team scheduled to play in Today’s fixtures, the next ties for African teams will follow on Friday, June 22 when Nigeria face Iceland and Tunisia against Belgium.

The Super Eagles next match, second in the group stage, will be a center of attraction at the Volgograd Arena. After losing to Croatia in their first match, the Super Eagles will join Egypt and Morocco if they concede a defeat.

The lack of punches in front of goal in their first match led to the disappointing defeat against Croatia, and of course, head Coach Gernot Rohr cannot afford conceding another defeat tomorrow.

It will be a setback for the Super Eagles if they join their African counterparts to take an early exit from the competition.

As the team stands so far, they will be relying on their front three dovetails Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho to use their goal scoring prowess and deliver the needed result that can be accomplished through collective work from Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel and Wilfred Ndidi as complements to the Eagles’ attacking force.

Being captained by the experienced Mikel Obi, Nigeria will be bowing out at the group stage for the fourth time should they fail to sashay over the Nordic island nation.

The West African outfit are making a sixth appearance in the global football event since debuting in the 1994 finals, going past the first round on three occasions.

It’s been a cameo affair for minnows Iceland in Moscow, who, two years ago, stormed the football-mad world by reaching the quarters of the Euros 2016.

The Strákarnir Okkars delivered an outstanding performance in their opening group match, holding a gobsmacked Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

Friday’s must-watch encounter will be as crucial as any match in the World Cup and will decide the fate of group F

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