By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles’ 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D opponent Iceland lost 3-2 at home to Norway in one of the international friendlies played on Saturday night, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The game was part of Iceland’s preparations for their World Cup debut at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Norway took the lead in the 15th minute through Bjoern Maars Johnsen, but Iceland equalised on 30 minutes thanks to Alfred Finnbogason.
Iceland took the lead in the 70th minute as their star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton who had been nursing an injury made it 2-1.
With 10 minutes left in the game, Bournemouth’s Joshua King scored to draw for Norway level.
And in the 85th minute, Alexander Soerloth scored the winner to give Norway the win.
Iceland will face Nigeria on June 22 in their second game in Group D at the World Cup.
In another friendly played on Saturday, world champions Germany lost 2-1 away to Austria.
Long term injury absentee Manuel Neuer made a return to Germany’s team after being sidelined for months.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil put Germany 1-0 up on 11 minutes but Martin Hinteregger equalised for Austria on 53 minutes.
And in the 69th minute, Alessandro Schoepf scored to give Austria their first win against Germany since 1986 when they won a 4-1 in a friendly.
Also, in a high profile friendly involving two World Cup bound teams, Belgium and Portugal, without Cristiano Ronaldo, played a 0-0 draw.
The talking point of the game was Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany who had to go off 10 minutes into the second half in what looked like a suspected injury. And Belgium will hope it’s not serious enough to knock him out of their World Cup squad.