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Iceland plots massive defense against Nigeria, supports Ikeme

Dapo Sotuminu, Live in Russia
As a pensive Nigerian soccer-loving people from the across the world await the crucial game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Iceland in one of the group D games at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, on Friday June 22, the chief coach of the Nordic country, Heimir Hallgrimsson, has stated that his players will not be in a hurry to attack the Super Eagles of Nigeria, rather they will employ a massive defensive formation with the aim of preventing the three-times African champions from scoring goals against them in the second group D game.
The Iceland Coach who revealed that beating the African champions is not his priority, stressed that, the match against Nigeria is of course not a must-win for his team and as such he would put up a massive defensive formation.
Hallgrimsson stated that: ”In the other way round, the June 22 cracker is a must-win game for Nigeria, which makes it a little bit technical. Nigeria have to win, at least we know that,” Hallgrimsson said in Kaliningrad, Russia.
”A draw will be okay for us. At least we have a chance in the last group game. This group is going to be decided in the last minutes of the last games. For sure, it is going to be down to some margins: set piece and extra-time goal.”
Iceland captain, Aron Gunnarsson, stressed that, Iceland must return their focus to Nigeria or the impressive point they earned against Argentina will not be useful, if they lose to the Africans.
The Cardiff City midfielder was in action for 76 minutes against Lionel Messi and others on Saturday.
In a related development, showing the humanitarian aspect of the national team, the Iceland national team has shown support for ailing Nigeria goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2017
The Icelandic team’s support to Ikeme was confirmed by their striker, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, a former teammate of Ikeme at Wolverhampton Wanderers, on Twitter.
Bodvarsson posted a picture holding a shirt with Ikeme’s name and No.1 on it with his teammates surrounding him.
Ikeme, who would have been the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper in Russia, was diagnosed with acute leukemia during a pre-season routine medical check-up at his club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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