FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights Nigeria vs Iceland:Ahmed Musa scored a brace to give Nigeria their first win at this year’s World Cup, and Argentina a hope. Musa scored two goals in the second half to help Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 and move into the second place after already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will next face Argentina in their final group match on Tuesday. If Nigeria win, they will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland. (FIFA World Cup 2018 News | Points Table | Fixtures)
FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Nigeria vs Iceland: Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0
FIFA World Cup 2018 Nigeria vs Iceland: World Cup debutants Iceland expect to face Nigeria on Friday without one of their most experienced players, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who is very unlikely to recover from injury in time. "He is getting better every day. He is good hands. I am not going to hide that it is very unlikely that he will play," Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson told reporters on Thursday ahead of the Group D game.
Gudmundsson, who plays for Burnley in England's Premier League, has 65 caps for Iceland and is a key part of the team's fast, counter-attacking style. But he was substituted with an injury midway through the second half of Iceland's impressive 1-1 draw with twice world champions Argentina on Saturday. That surprise result kept Iceland in the frame to make the knock-out stages, having similarly shocked at Euro 2016.
Hallgrimsson said the absence of Gudmundsson -- replaced on Saturday by Rurik Gislason who plays for SV Sandhausen in Germany's second division -- would not upset the balance of his team.
"We are not afraid. It will not change the plans that we have decided before this game," he said. Iceland playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who recovered from injury in time for the World Cup and played against Argentina, is 100 percent fit, he said.
Hallgrimsson said the heat of Volgograd -- where temperatures are typically a lot higher than most other World Cup venues -- might represent an advantage for Iceland's opponents on Friday.