World Cup: Super Eagles Prepare For Epic Battle With Iceland

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The Super Eagles will play a make or mar 2018 FIFA World Cup game against Iceland today in Volgograd.

Their second group B match could well determine who progresses to the last-16 stage of the competition alongside Croatia, who beat Argentina 3-0 on Thursday night.

Coach Gernot Rohr’s team flew into Volgograd from their Essentuki base on Thursday morning before taking up residence at the Hampton-by-Hilton Volgograd Hotel.

After a 2-0 loss to high-flying Croatia on Saturday, the Eagles require an outright victory against Iceland, whose defensive play has been hailed in the competition.

But Rohr believes nothing is impossible.

He said, “We have watched the game against Croatia again to see our mistakes so that we can correct them. It will be a tough game. We have to be at our best and be more professional with our defending especially from set-pieces.

“We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game. I believe with hard work we can get a good result. In truth, there is no need to add to the pressure we have now. More pressure on the team will not necessarily translate to better results.

“We won’t lose this game.”

However, Rohr praised Iceland for their organisation and team spirit.

“They did a great match against Argentina and it will be difficult to beat them.

“They play as a team and they do not have big stars, like us.

“It will be interesting to see how this match goes,” he said.

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