Nigeria's reluctant tactical change paid dividends in Iceland win - Rohr

Heather Diaz
June 23, 2018

"The fact that such a small country could amass a World Cup caliber team is just huge", Christjan Thompson added.

Here's what can happen for Argentina and the others.

"I know they also have their plans but we will try as if we can run more than they, especially in the middle and in the offensive". But with a plus-five differential right now, it's very unlikely. For Nigeria to go through, a win or draw against Argentina would be enough if Iceland lose to Croatia.

No matter what happens, the runner up in Group D will meet the victor of Group C, which is likely to be France, in the Round of 16.

Obi Mikel was used as an attacking midfielder throughout Nigeria's qualifying campaign but a lacklustre showing in Kaliningrad on Saturday meant he was asked to drop into a more defensive role against Iceland.

The Super Eagles gave their quest of qualifying for the next round a huge boost following the impressive win against Iceland.

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But the Super Eagles were a completely different side in the second half and Oghenekaro Etebo could have put them ahead in the opening seconds, but his tame shot proved no problem for Hannes Thor Halldorsson in the Icelandish goal. If the teams wind up tied in differential, Iceland will need to have more goals scored in the tourney than Nigeria, and they're now one behind.

Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in its opening match, with Lionel Messi missing a penalty.

The Icelandic nation were giving as much as they got after a quarter of an hour, but they struggled with the final ball in the final third.

Here are Argentina's qualification chances after Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland.

Still lots to play for.

The Super Eagles are now second in Group D and their concluding group match against two-time champions Argentina will be billed as a winner-takes-all tie.

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