Iceland will adopt a defensive approach against Nigeria when they face the Super Eagles in their Group D World Cup match on Friday. This disclosure was made by the team coach of the Iceland national team, Heimir Hallgrimsson during his pre-match press conference.
Iceland got a valuable point in the World Cup group stage after holding 2014 World Cup runner-up, Argentina to a 1-1 draw. Iceland is playing at the World Cup for the first time in its history. Most of the squad members are only amateur footballers with Gyfil Sigurdsson being the most popular figure. They are hoping to make history by qualifying for the round of 16 from a group of death.
”It is a must-win game for Nigeria, that makes it a little bit technical, so we will park the bus. They have to win, at least we know that. A draw will be okay for us; at least we have a chance in the last game,” Hallgrimsson said.
The Europeans would face Nigeria on Friday, 22nd of July at the Volgograd Arena, in Volvograd. The other teams in group D include Croatia and Argentina. Croatia lead the group D table after defeating the super eagles of Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday and they could secure a spot in the round of 16 with a win against the south Americans on Friday.
If Iceland defeats Nigeria in their next game, it would mark the end of the World Cup journey for the Super Eagles and would increase the chances of Iceland proceeding to the next round. Iceland are the least populated country among the World Cup participants with a population of about 300,000
Speaking about their chances on progression to the knockout stages, the Iceland coach said ”This group is going to be decided in the last minute, in the last game, it is going to be down to some margins: set piece, extra-time goal.