Goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson saved a penalty taken by Lionel Messi that would have put Argentina up 2-1 at the break, and have an arguably better chance than the South Americans of making the last 16 phase of the competition.
Nigeria have a youthful side that includes the likes of Alex Iwobi, though their 2-0 loss against Croatia puts them in danger of not making it out of their group for the third time in their last four World Cup appearances.
Here is everything you need to know about the Group D fixture between the sides on Friday.
Game Nigeria vs Iceland
Date Friday, June 22
Time 4pm BST / 11am ET
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Squads & Team News
Position Nigeria players
Goalkeepers Uzoho, Ezenwa, Akpeyi
Defenders Troost-Ekong, Shehu, Ebuehi, Echiejile, Idowu, Awaziem, Balogun, Omeruo
Midfielders Mikel, Onazi, Ndidi, Etebo, Ogu, Obi
Forwards Musa, Iheanacho, Moses, Ighalo, Iwobi, Nwankwo
Oghenekaro Etebo could be replaced for vice-captain Ogenyi Onanzi after he conceded the own goal against Croatia, and as goals will be needed fast and quick, striker Ahmed Musa could be included in the XI – but would find it hard to displace the experienced likes of Victor Moses or Alex Iwobi.
Potential Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Ndidi, Etebo, Moses, Mikel, Iwobi, Ighalo.
Position Iceland players
Goalkeepers Halldorsson, Runarsson, Schram
Defenders Arnason, Skulason, Saevarsson, Ingason, Magnusson, Eyjolfsson, Sigurdsson
Midfielders Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Traustason, Hallfredsson, Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gislason, Fridjonsson, Gunnarsson
Forwards Finnbogason, Sigurdarson, Bodvarsson, Gudmundsson
Iceland will expect to be without the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury in the opening fixture against Argentina and his chances of making a full recovery ahead of Friday's fixture are slim.
Midfielder Rurik Gislason came on or Gudmundsson and is the likeliest to replace him in the XI, which would be the only significant change.
Potential Iceland XI: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Johann Gislason, Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason, Finnbogason.
Betting & Match Odds
Nigeria have odds of being 9/5 favourites to win, and dabblebet have odds of a 21/10 draw. Iceland are deemed a 7/4 bet to win .
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