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‘Our Boys’ concentrate on duel with wounded Eagles

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Players (Back row, From L) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, Nigeria’s defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria’s midfielder Onyinye Ndidi, Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria’s forward Victor Moses and Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel (Front row, From L) Nigeria’s defender Brian Idowu, Nigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi, Nigeria’s forward Odion Jude Ighalo, Nigeria’s defender Abdullahi Shehu and Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo pose for the team photo prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Iceland has shifted attention to their second Group D match against Super Eagles, after securing a hard-earned draw with Argentina in the opening game of the World Cup in Russia.

The resilient Our Boys showed their iron will once again, coming back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with an Argentina side led by Lionel Messi and teeming with household names.

“Now we need to focus on Nigeria. We can’t dwell on that game now, if we don’t focus on Nigeria and don’t get a result there, then that point is no use for anyone,” the combative midfielder told reporters at a training session on Sunday.

The Icelandic team left Moscow immediately after the game and returned to their base on the Black Sea coast in the picturesque holiday town of Gelendzhik, where they are training at the modest local soccer stadium.

Wearing a bracelet on his right wrist with the words “Life Is Now” spelled out in beads in Icelandic, Gunnarsson said 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.


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