Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Musa's brace gives Nigeria 2-0 victory vs Iceland

Musa's brace gives Nigeria 2-0 victory vs Iceland

Victory over Nigeria in their final game would see La Albiceleste safely into the last 16 - as long as Iceland do not beat group leaders Croatia.

Musa's sweetly struck half-volley fired Nigeria into the lead just after half-time before he added a second with 15 minutes to go to make the Group D game safe. But if Argentina claims all three points, they can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.

Iceland - must beat Croatia and hope Nigeria don't beat Argentina.

Nigeria almost doubled its lead on several occasions, but Musa made it happen in the 75th minute.

Another female fan said "I am so happy, so, so happy..."

"We have to focus on the last game because that's more important than today's win", Musa said.

Strákarnir okkar had two heroes in the match, striker Alfred Finnbogason who scored his sides equaliser and goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson who saved a Lionel Messi penalty.

"He's cool-headed and a very good worker in the training so I think he will be a good solution for Nigeria", coach Gernot Rohr said. His presence helped to shore up the defence against Iceland's two-man forward line.

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With Musa being joined by Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho in the Super Eagles' starting XI, it was also the first time that three City players have started for one team in the competition.

Arguably the most active Nigerian attacker on the field, Victor Moses was a quintessential figure for his side in the attacking department.

"If you change something you have to explain why", Rohr said, "and they have to do it with conviction and motivation".

Having ditched his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation after watching his Nigeria side produce a lacklustre performance against Croatia, Rohr opted for a change in system against Iceland, converting to a 3-5-2 formation to encourage more balance and attacking intensity. Nigeria will have to match their endeavour, and will need a big improvement after their debacle against Croatia.

Following a first half that would be easily forgotten, Nigeria came out all guns blazing and were convincing winners on the day.

The Nigerian team also had a stroke of luck as Iceland won a fair penalty-which was then sailed over the bar by their star player Siggurdson.

Coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said things had been going to plan with the scores 0-0 at halftime but the heat of Volgograd, with temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius (86°F) throughout the game, sapped his team. The Scandanvians, so impressive in beating England at Euro 2016 and taking a point off Argentina, can nearly subject Lionel Messi and elimination if they win today.

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