Magnificent Musa gives Nigeria victory over Iceland

Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason

The game would end 2-0 to the Africans, who go second in the group with three points, three behind leaders Croatia, but two ahead of both Iceland and Argentina.

"In the second half it was a different team because they realised at half-time that we had to do much more". Musa kept a calm head, rounded the Halldorsson, then took his time before slamming the ball into the net at the Volgograd Arena.

His match-winning brace means he has scored Nigeria's last four World Cup goals, and is now highest goalscorer at World Cup tournaments for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria sprung the first surprise of the match in team selection, converting to a 3-5-2 formation after their opening game loss to Croatia and raising eyebrows by dropping Alex Iwobi to the bench. A long throw gone terribly wrong gave Nigeria the possession, Victor Moses made a daunting run on the right before curling it into Musa, who controlled it with a superb first touch before firing it past the Iceland keeper. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Ahmed Musa struck the opener just after the restart with a sensational finish in order to hand Nigeria the lead. The Everton player's profligacy summed up Iceland's day. "We've still got a shot", said Hlyur Gudjonsson, Icelandic Trade Commissioner to North America and the Consul General for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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"This group is going to be decided in the last minutes, in the last game". But he was substituted with an injury midway through the second half of Iceland's impressive 1-1 draw with twice world champions Argentina on Saturday. This is not a team who are built to chase games, and Iceland looked short of ideas when they were forced to push forward and take more risks. They started to whip crosses in and get the ball in good goalscoring positions, but the scoreboard remained untroubled going into the half time break.

Nigeria struggled in their opening game.

Also reacting, student, Mr Paul Abang, predicted that the Super Eagles would beat Argentina if only they improved on their standard of play.

June 19-24, 2018 - The FIFA World Cup takes place in Russian Federation, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions.

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