Pre-World Cup friendly: Iceland held 2-2 by Ghana

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Nigeria’s World Cup Group D foes Iceland were forced to a 2-2 by the Black Stars of  Ghana in their pre-World Cup friendly in Reykjavik on Thursday night.

The match was obviously an attempt by Iceland to have a feel of West African opposition, in preparation for their World Cup cracker against Nigeria in Russia

And things seemed to go according to plan as centre-back Kari Arnason scored for the hosts in the sixth minute, with Alfred Finnbogason doubling the home team’s advantage five minutes before the break despite the best efforts of the Black Stars to stem the Scandinavians.

Ghana rallied back in the second half and reduced the deficit in the 66th minute through Kasim Nuhu.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey got the equalizer three minutes from time.

No difference

Speaking after the game, Iceland’s assistant coach Helgi Kolviðsson said playing Ghana had given his team an inkling of what to expect when they confront Nigeria.

”We received a lot of positive answers in these two friendly games against Norway and Ghana, Ghana has a very strong team and they are not at all different to Nigeria, and it was good for boys to play this game tonight.
”The goal of these two friendlies was that people were healthy when they arrrive in Russia and it succeeded.”
Iceland open their World Cup campaign against Argentina at Otkritie Arena in Moscow on June 16 before they face the Super Eagles six days later in Volgograd.