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Jon Dadi Watch: Day 15

Can Iceland reach the knockouts?

Nigeria v Iceland: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

It was a momentous occasion for Jon Dadi Bodvarsson on Friday as he made his World Cup debut but sadly his Iceland team couldn’t push on from their solid point versus Argentina, and lost 2-0 to Nigeria.

As mentioned in the last Jon Dadi Watch, his best bet to start was if the minnows used their increased confidence to go 4-4-2 versus the Super Eagles and that’s exactly what happened, however the Reading striker failed to get off a shot before being substituted on 71 minutes.

Still, he won five aerial battles and completed 68 percent of his passes, touching the ball 30 times, which is the same number as strike partner Alfred Finnbogason in his 90 minutes. Similarly, replacement Bjorn Sigurdarson certainly lacked an impact and coach Heimir Hallgrímsson has a decision to make about who leads the line next time out.

Permutations

The Group D sitrep is that Croatia are through and almost certainly as group winners, on six points, with Nigeria on three ahead of Iceland and Argentina, both with one point.

Tuesday evening (19:00 UK time) sees the final games take place on BBC4 with Iceland heading to Rostov-on-Don to face Zlatko Dalic’s side, who are set to make changes and rest some of their star men ahead of the last-16.

That presents a glimmer of hope and Iceland know a draw or defeat will knock them out regardless, with a victory sending them into the knockouts if Nigeria draw with Argentina and Iceland win by two or more goals. Furthermore, a win over Croatia will do the trick if Argentina also claim victory by the same or a smaller margin as Bodvarsson’s team.