Buhari speaks on Nigeria's defeat of Iceland in Russian Federation

Ruben Holloway
June 22, 2018

If Iceland win their match agianst Croatia, Argentina will go through only if they have a better goal difference than Iceland.

Balogun, signed recently by the Seagulls from Mainz, helped Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in Group D.

Ahmed Musa has set two World Cup records by firing Nigeria to their first win in Group D against Iceland on Friday.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel speaks to the media upon the team's arrival at Mineralnye Vody International Airport on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

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But Rohr said: "For me it's not a question to lose this game.

Iceland play Nigeria on Friday.

Iceland had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick way over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute.

With Croatia heading the group on six points Nigeria knew a second defeat would mean elimination and Iceland started brightest after coach Heimir Hallgrimsson changed to a 4-4-2 from the 4-5-1 he had used in the 1-1 draw with Argentina.

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Nigeria, with captain John Obi Mikel sitting deeper in midfield than against Croatia, slowly worked their way into the game with Victor Moses a constant threat on the right flank.

He said, "We have a plan to apply for Iceland in the hope of achieving goals early and making them feel bad", Moses said.

"The President expresses particular delight at the confidence, discipline, team-work and indomitable spirit displayed by the young Nigerian players", Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in a statement.

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