Iceland already have a point in the bag while Nigeria is pointless with a two-goal deficit. History reminds us that these usurpers from Iceland started the same way at Euro 2016 – with a hard-fought 1-1 result against Portugal, who went on to win the tournament.
History for Nigeria’s Super Eagles is that they have never qualified from a World Cup group after losing or drawing their first match. Can these Eagles then rewrite history? Argentina’s 3-0 capitulation on Thursday gives both countries a good chance of making it out of the group; so who will grab the bull by the horns?
There will be more Icelandic supporters in the Volgograd Arena, making the Viking clap resound; but weather reports indicate the temperature could between 32 and 35 degrees Celcius, a part that could help the Super Eagles.