Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nigeria will peak at 2022 World Cup, says boss Gernot Rohr

Nigeria will peak at 2022 World Cup, says boss Gernot Rohr

Nigeria, with captain John Obi Mikel sitting deeper in midfield than against Croatia, slowly worked their way into the game with Victor Moses a constant threat on the right flank.

He completed his brace few minutes later, after controlling a long pass and striding into the area to finish confidently.

Nigeria are aiming to keep their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign alive when they take on tournament debutants Iceland in their Group D fixture at the Volgograd Arena. Unfortunately for Iceland, Gylfi Sigurdsson blasted the spot-kick over the bar.

Earlier, Ahmed Musa has scored in the 49th minute to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead against Iceland at the World Cup. They did this for the country, for the team. Mark RALSTON / AFP Ahmed Musa (L) celebrates with teammate Leon Balogun after scoring the second goal.

Nigeria are the youngest squad in Russian Federation and Rohr said the experience would see them return much stronger for the next World Cup in Qatar.

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Nigeria sweep aside Iceland to set up showdown with Argentina after Ahmed Musa strikes twice against Iceland.

But Nigeria were slow to get out of the blocks and became the first team not to have a shot in the first half of a World Cup game since South Korea against Algeria in Brazil four years ago.

Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their opening game and could take a giant leap to the knockout stages with victory against the Super Eagles in Group D. Hello and welcome to the live coverage od Group D match between Nigeria and Iceland. Mark RALSTON / AFP Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson (R) grabs the ball past Nigeria's forward Odion Jude Ighalo.

Some picked up on the fact that Musa had notched a double against an Icelandic defence that Messi had failed to breach in Argentina's group game - when he missed a penalty - and Cristiano Ronaldo hadn't managed in Portugal and Iceland's Euro 2016 encounter. Nigeria, with three points thanks to the win over Iceland, faces Argentina, which has a point due to its draw with Iceland last week, on Tuesday.

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