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VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Heimir Hallgrimsson, Manager of Iceland gives his team instructions during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

After watching his side go down by two second-half goals from Ahmed Musa, head coach of Iceland, Heimir Hallgrimsoon has said his team lost to a better team despite playing to instructions, AOIFootball.com reports.

Iceland, who are appearing in their first ever world cup, shocked the world when they forced 2014 finalists, Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their opening game but fell short against a spirited and determined Nigerian side.

Speaking after the game, Heimer posited that his team will quickly look beyond the loss and try to finish the group on a high when they take on already qualified Croatia in their final game next Tuesday.

“My players performed in line with instructions all the same; the fact that the result was not good does not mean they did not do well. I praise them because they played against a very good Nigerian side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost to Nigeria in spite of the way we planned for the game. We did our best to prepare them, especially against the three-man defence line. We even prepared in case they played a four-man defensive formation but they outpaced us in the second half,” Heimer concluded.

Next for Iceland is a game against group leaders Croatia, who have already qualified for the knockout stages after beating Argentina 3-0 on Thursday.

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