Gylfi Sigurdsson is confident Iceland can still qualify for the round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia despite losing 2-0 to Nigeria.
Sigurdsson, who missed a penalty in Iceland’s loss to Nigeria in Volgograd last Friday, admits that the Vikings are in a tough position but can “do the almost impossible”.
Iceland must win against Croatia by and hope that Argentina do not beat Nigeria by a bigger margin.
“We know that they have one of the best national teams in the world right now, judging by their recent performances,” Sigurdsson told FIFA.com.
“I don’t think it will change anything that we’ve beaten them a year ago, or lost to them three years ago. It’s going to be a completely different match. But of course, it’s great that we’ve shown that we can beat them.
“They’re hard to break down and strong, both offensively and defensively. But we’ve got nothing to lose. It rests on us to get a good result, and then we’re hoping for a favourable result from the other match.”
“We were in a difficult situation at the time but, somehow, we always manage to fight back and do the almost-impossible. I hope that will be the case this time as well.
“It would be a fantastic achievement to qualify from this group,” Sigurdsson added.
“But simply being at the World Cup helps younger generations in Iceland.
“For them, being able to watch their own national team play at this tournament is amazing, and something I can’t really imagine because it was not like that when I was young. This experience can only be positive.”