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We know Nigeria will target win against Iceland – Gunnarsson

After holding tight against two-time champion, Argentina in the first Group D game at the 2018 World Cup, Iceland top players have cautioned other teammates to end the momentary celebration of playing a 1-1 draw with Argentina and now face the tough task of stopping the Super Eagles of Nigeria from achieving their planned must-win game on June 22.
Iceland top star, Gunnarsson, said: “Now we need to focus on Nigeria. We can’t continue to dwell on the draw against Argentina. Doing anything contrary will cost us dearly as we may not get the result against the three times African champion.
Wearing a bracelet on his right wrist with the words “Life Is Now” spelled out in beads in Icelandic, Gunnarsson said on Sunday that he didn’t get to sleep until around four o’clock in the morning after his country’s superb World Cup debut.
“I was still hyper after the game, the adrenalin was still going high, but that’s just part of it. I think when you play a game like this and it’s high-tempo, it’s hard to shut everything down,” Gunnarsson explained.
“This is a must-win game for Nigeria, and that makes it a little bit psychologically different, they have to win,” Hallgrimsson added that he expects the group to be tense.
“This group is going to be decided in the last minutes, in the last game. It’s going to be down to some margins, a set piece, extra time goal. This is how this group is going to be played,” he said.
The 29-year-old said Iceland respected their more illustrious opponents but weren’t in awe of the likes of Messi.
Speaking on the team’s caging of world football superstar, Lionel Messi, Gunnarsson stated that: “If you stand by and idolise Messi, he’s going to go past you and he’s going to score, he’s going to take advantage of that. It’s just important to respect the guy and play your normal football,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Croatia midfielder, Luka Modric, has said that all of the pressure will be on Argentina when the two teams meet in their second Group D clash at the 2018 World Cup.
Croatia opened their tournament with a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday night, but Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland, with Lionel Messi missing a penalty for the South Americans.
Argentina and Croatia will lock horns in a key match on Thursday, and Modric is eyeing the victory which would take his nation into the knockout round of the competition.
“We’ll play a good game against Argentina. I hope we will take some points but it’s going to be tough. They have to play for a win because of [Saturday’s] score, which was unexpected for them, but it’s an important game for us and we will try to play our best,” Modric told reporters.
The two nations have locked horns on four previous occasions, and it is Argentina that lead the head-to-head two wins to Croatia’s one.

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