Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Musa’s brace lifts Nigeria to victory over Iceland at World Cup

Musa’s brace lifts Nigeria to victory over Iceland at World Cup

If Argentina wins and Croatia beats or draws with Iceland on Tuesday, Messi still has a chance to win his first World Cup, despite Argentina's dysfunction in the first two games of the group stage.

While a draw for Iceland would keep its knockout hopes alive, Nigeria, which is at bottom of Group D, is under huge pressure to get all three points with manager Gernot Rohr saying his team must win. The Super Eagles were short of ideas in attack and looked vulnerable to set-pieces and crosses into the box at the other end, and many expected Iceland to emerge victorious in both teams' second games in Russian Federation. We talk about how good Nigeria looked Friday, Musa's goals and what Nigeria's win means for Argentina. Mikel and Wilfred Ndidi helped to build the play in the centre, while Musa's speed and movement unsettled the Iceland defence.

Victor Moses crossed from the right, and Musa's brilliant first touch saw him kick the ball in the air in front of him. We have rotated the team a lot during qualification and we are not afraid, we will not change our plans of what we have chose to do before today's game.

Iceland were then handed a way back into the game from the penalty spot, after the New Zealander Matthew Conger consulted VAR to confirm the substitute Tyronne Ebuehi had brought down Alfred Finnbogason.

Iceland were pressuring Nigeria towards the 65th minute as they went in search for an equaliser, but they lacked quality in the final third.

On Friday morning, almost 200 fans of Iceland's World Cup soccer team - some natives of Reykjavik and other parts of the sparsely populated North Atlantic nation, others firmly seated on the Viking bandwagon - gathered in a cramped space in a midtown Manhattan pub.

He told a press conference ahead of the game at the Volgograd Arena on Friday: "We expect to win".

"I think the control made it more ideal for me", said Musa, who hinted he wants to leave Premier League club Leicester and play for CSKA Moscow. His two previous World Cup goals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil were in a group match against Argentina.

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