Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Nigeria vs Iceland latest score and goal updates from Russian Federation

Nigeria vs Iceland latest score and goal updates from Russian Federation

Ahmed Musa scored twice on his return to the starting line-up as Nigeria kept their World Cup knockout hopes alive and dealt Iceland's chances a blow with a 2-0 win in Volgograd.

Following a first half that would be easily forgotten, Nigeria came out all guns blazing and were convincing winners on the day. The second goal came in the 75th minute, when after a break down the wing, Musa cut inside and waltzed around the goalkeeper before firing the ball into the net.

Leicester City's forgotten man Ahmed Musa was the difference this afternoon - having started on the bench against Croatia - his brace at the Volgograd Arena today has gone a long way to alleviating Nigerian frustration, as the Super Eagles claim a first World Cup victory in Russian Federation.

But should Iceland fail to beat group leaders Croatia in their final match, a draw or better for Nigeria will be enough for them to progress.

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Iceland were then handed a way back into the game from the penalty spot, after the New Zealander Matthew Conger consulted VAR to confirm the substitute Tyronne Ebuehi had brought down Alfred Finnbogason.

Iceland had its chances in the first half, dominating play but failing to convert its free kicks and long passes into a goal. But Iceland's most technically gifted player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, sailed his shot comfortably over the crossbar, knocking the air out of Iceland's chances and out of the NY fan pub, where Iceland supporters buried their heads in their hands. "It gave us more space and the speed proved decisive for us", Rohr said.

Musa has also scored Nigeria's last four goals in the competition.

"At least we can heave a sigh of relief after the Croatia game".

Nevertheless, he has charged the team to work on setpieces - through which they have conceded a number of goals recently, while also urging them to be more tactically disciplined.

However, Nigerian head coach Gernot Rohr will be hoping that the former Leicester attacker will be able to build on his stunning performance in the next game against Argentina.

Nigeria looked sluggish in its opening loss to Croatia, and started slowly in this game too.

Others said that Musa had actually served Messi's World Cup cause more than his Argentinian teammates. Nigeria just need to be very disciplined against them.

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