By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Tijani Babangida has admitted that the surprise 1-1 draw between Croatia and Argentina in Group D 2018 World Cup on Saturday will put the Super Eagles under pressure ahead of their game against Croatia.
Despite going a goal down through Sergio Aguero on 19 minutes, Alfred Finnbogasson equalised for Iceland just four minutes later.
Argentina had the chance to go 2-1 up but Lionel Messi was denied from the penalty spot by Hannes Halldorsson.
Reacting to the surprise stalemate, Babangida singled out Iceland for their performance against the two-time World Cup winners.
“It was a very strong game and I was surprised about Iceland,” Babangida told completesportsnigeria.com
” A lot of people are talking about Iceland and I remember what they did at the 2016 European Championship and how they beat England.
“They are a very strong side, in their defensive aspect they were very strong and also when they come out they are very strong. They are not a push over side.
“We will have to wait and see the outcome of the game against Croatia to know how our boys will fare against Argentina and Iceland. But the good thing is that they have seen this game and know that anything is possible.
“The outcome between Iceland and Argentina now puts us under pressure against Croatia. It means we just have to win because if we fail to win, it will become difficult getting to the second round.”
Nigeria take on Croatia later on Saturday night at 8pm Nigerian time.