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What's it like to experience the Viking Clap?

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World Cup diaries: The Viking clap experience, big crowds at small games

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the adjustments Gernot Rohr made to help Nigeria overcome Iceland and blow Group D wide open.

The Thunderclap

At the first double-drumbeat the stadium suddenly goes hush; the "Hoo!" follows a split second later. Still a hush. It's like the first footstep of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Everyone is on edge. Then the next, about ten seconds later. Then another, a second faster; and so on until by the tenth it's rapid-fire. I counted 30 before it broke down into the general noise of a football crowd.

Iceland's fans - called Tolfan, for twelve, or "twelfth man" - debuted the Thunderclap at...

 By Reuters

Nigeria's reluctant tactical change paid dividends in Iceland win - Rohr

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the adjustments Gernot Rohr made to help Nigeria overcome Iceland and blow Group D wide open.
Don Hutchison and Leroy Rosenior commends Nigeria on a great performance which saw them win 2-0 against Iceland.
Nigeria roared to life in the second half after a dull opening 45 minutes, benefitting from two lovely goals from Ahmed Musa to see off Iceland.

Nigeria's top players needed persuasion to change positions in a tactical shake-up but coach Gernot Rohr's plans paid dividends as they beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to get back in contention to progress to the World Cup's last 16.

Skipper John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses had to be cajoled into new roles as Rohr heeded the criticism that followed his side's opening Group D defeat by Croatia.

Obi Mikel was used as an attacking midfielder throughout Nigeria's qualifying campaign but a lacklustre showing...