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

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

Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia.

Gernot Rohr's side failed to create any chances in the first half, but they upped the tempo in the second period and broke the deadlock just four minutes in through Musa, who also struck the frame of the goal before scoring another fine goal on 75 minutes to register the Nigerians' first victory in Russian Federation.

"It will again be an away game for us, they will have 20,000 fans here so let's have a little advantage with the temperature", the German coach told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Thursday.

Iceland who mostly played second fiddle to the African side in the second half wasted their most prominent chance to pull one back, when Gylfi Sigurosson fired a penalty awarded to them above the bar.

I was really impressed by them against Argentina.

Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

Iceland will expect to be without the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury in the opening fixture against Argentina.


World Cup debutant Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when it takes on Nigeria after holding two-time champion Argentina to a draw at the weekend.

Nigeria, under pressure to beat Iceland after losing their World Cup opener 2-0 to Croatia, dropped strikers Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi to the bench along with defender Shehu Abdullahi.

Iceland has met Croatia several times in recent years, including in World Cup qualifying.

Excitingly Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland could still join undefeated Croatia in the next round, though the situation remains complicated.

Musa was brought into the starting line-up by coach Gernot Rohr in order to inject pace into Nigeria's attack.

Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina can qualify from Group D, but the latter two sides need to win to have any chance of making the knockout stage, with Iceland facing Croatia in their final group game. There is still everything to play for in Group D.

"We have John Obi Mikel who is still a very good player and we have Victor Moses and they are well known everywhere".

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