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.
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.