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#WC2018: All change up front as Nigeria look for goals against Iceland

Friday, June 22, 2018

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VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AFP) — Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr shook up his forward line on Friday for the clash against Iceland in Volgograd, bringing in Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho among three changes for a match in which defeat would see them eliminated.

They replace Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi who were toothless up front in the 2-0 opening defeat by Croatia, while Kenneth Omeruo takes the place of Abdullahi Shehu in defence.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson switches his formation to a 4-4-2, from the 4-5-1 he used in the 1-1 draw with Argentina, with two changes to the starting line-up.

Big striker Jon Bodvarsson comes in for Emil Hallfredsson and joins Alfred Finnbogason, who scored the equaliser against Argentina, in a two-pronged strike force.

The other change is enforced with Rurik Gislason replacing Johann Berg Gudmundsson who injured his calf in the first match.

Nigeria

Francis Uzoho, Bryan Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel (capt), Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kenneth Omeruo Coach: Gernot Rohr (GER)

Iceland

Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Kari Arnason, Aron Gunnarsson (capt), Hordur Magnusson, Rurik Gislason, Jon Bodvarsson

Coach: Heimir Hallgrimsson (ISL)

Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)

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