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Ahmed Musa scored the two goals as Nigeria cleared aside World Cup debutants Iceland to leave Group D intriguingly balanced with one round of games to go.
The Super Eagles would have gone out with crush however, came great in Volgograd.
Musa indicated sublime procedure to flame Nigeria ahead on the half-volley before the Leicester player adjusted manager Hannes Thor Halldorsson to make it 2-0.
Iceland missed a late punishment – granted after a video collaborator official survey – when Gylfi Sigurdsson let go over.
After a dull first a large portion of, the match opened up in the second half particularly when Musa opened home at the 49th moment. An awesome counter-assault after an Iceland corner saw Nigeria lead the pack.
Victor Moses put in a splendid cross that was done impeccably by Musa. The Nigerian frontman included his second in the 75th moment after a fine individual exertion, running circles around the Iceland safeguard. Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a brilliant opportunity to put Nigeria under strain, putting his spot-kick over the bar in the 83rd moment. His miss summed up the disappointing night for Iceland.
Following a solid initial ten minutes, Nigeria and Iceland went into the halftime bolted at 0-0. Iceland raged the Nigeria half for the opening ten minutes and influenced Nigeria to do the hard work. From that point forward, the match barely observed any odds in either groups as both adopted a guarded strategy going into the halftime. Both the groups endeavored to supervisor their individual midfield locale. Nigeria delighted in more ownership yet there were not really any assaulting danger from the African country. Iceland continued safeguarding in numbers and continued passing the ball around.
The outcome gives a slight lift to ambushed assemble rivals Argentina. Triumph over Nigeria in their last amusement would see La Albiceleste securely into the keep going 16 – as long as Iceland doesn’t beat gather pioneers Croatia. In that occasion, objective distinction would choose who advanced.
Triumph in that game in Nigeria, then again, would now ensure their advance. Having begun the day base of the gathering, they end up second – three focuses behind Croatia, who have officially fit the bill for the knockout stage.
Iceland dissolves in Volgograd warm
Iceland went into the diversion having officially restrained Lionel Messi – fighting against eminent loss to draw 1-1 with two-time champs Argentina in Moscow – and triumph over Nigeria would have abandoned them on the very edge of the knockout stage.
Rather the littlest country ever to meet all requirements for the competition are not responsible for their predetermination in the wake of shrinking in the Volgograd warm.
It had begun well for Iceland, Sigurdsson compelling two recoveries from 19-year-old attendant Francis Uzoho inside the opening five minutes; the same number of shots in focus as they oversaw in an hour and a half against Argentina.
However, they blurred and were particularly second best after the interim.
Iceland, where talented an opportunity to score in the end arranges after Tyronne Ebuehi’s 80th-minute foul on Alfred Finnbogason.
In any case, Sigurdsson’s punishment, granted after a VAR audit, summed up his nation’s day, flying high and wide.
Man of the match – Ahmed Musa (Nigeria)
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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr
“What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit. I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn.
“I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina.”
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson
“It’s a strange fact that we are still in the race. We didn’t think we would go through this World Cup without a loss and losses are always difficult to swallow. But we can still go through.
“We’ve played Croatia four times in four years and we’ve often said we’re like a married couple trying to get divorced but we always meet up again.”