World Cup 2018: Super Eagles beat Iceland 2-0
NEWS DIGEST – Super Eagles resurged with two Ahmed Musa goals in the second half to beat Iceland 2-0 and move from bottom to second place in Group D at Russia 2018.
CSKA forward Ahmed Musa was heavily involved in the proceedings, as he bagged a brace to hand Super Eagles a crucial win over Iceland and place them firmly in a decent position to progress from the group stage.
Nigerian shot-stopper Francis Uzoho was called into action in the 2nd minute as he had to be at full stretch to parry Sigurdsson’s freekick to safety.
The first half was nothing more than a game of chess as both teams were overly cautious, showing little ambition in a bid to avoid being punished.
Nigeria dominated possession in the first half while the Icelanders had more shots on target.
Gernot Rohr’s men kick-started the second half on the first foot, immediately making their impact felt as Etebo marauded into the box and unleashed Nigeria’s first shot of the game. There was however insufficient venom in the strike to trouble Iceland glovesman, Halldorsson.
Nigeria broke the deadlock in the 49th minute after unleashing a counter-attack. Victor Moses brilliantly fed Ahmed Musa in the box, who delightfully controlled the ball before smashing an unstoppable shot past Halldorsson to give Nigeria the lead and throw the fans into raptures.
Nigeria continued to pepper the Iceland rearguard as Ndidi uncorked a stinging shot to force Halldorsson into an emphatic save.
More pressure was heaped on the Icelanders
and Leon Balogun came close to adding a second, flicking a header just inches over the cross bar from Iheanacho’s corner kick in the 70th minute.
In the 74th minute, Ahmed Musa struck the cross bar with a well taken shot. Moses got on the rebound but was only able to guide his strike over the bar.
Musa was heavily involved a minute later, doubling the Super Eagles lead with enviable delicacy. He was teed up by Kenneth Omeruo and calmly galloped into the box, dismantling the Iceland defence before slotting home with aplomb.
The goal was Musa’s fourth in two World Cup tournaments after also registering a brace against Argentina in the group stage four years ago.
The goal drew an instant reaction from Iceland with Tyronne Ebuehi tripping Alfred Finnbogason in the 80th minute. The referee waved play-on but after consulting the VAR, decided to award a penalty to Iceland. Gylfi Sigurdsson missed the spot kick, sending his effort way over the bar.
Nigeria held their nerves till the last minute to record an emphatic and seismic win over Iceland.
The result is a big boost for the Africans as it leaves their fate well in their hands ahead of the final group game against Argentina at St. Petersburg next Tuesday.
Iceland on the otherhand have a mountain to climb as they must defeat Croatia in their final group game and hope the result of the tie between Nigeria and Argentina swings in their favour.
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