World Cup match report Nigeria v Iceland 22 June 2018

Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason

Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason

Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia.

The Iceland coach said his side got their tactics right, stopping Nigeria from managing a shot on target in the first half, only to concede two goals after the interval.

He hit the bar shortly before making it 2-0 in the 75th minute when he used his pace to beat Iceland defender Kari Arnason and rounded goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson before slamming the ball into the net.

If Nigeria beats Argentina, the Super Eagles advance - and knock Argentina, finalists at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, out of the tournament.

Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson shot an 82nd minute penalty over the top of the bar, denying his team a chance to try to force a late comeback.

The Super Eagles need a result from the game against Iceland to boost their chances of qualifying of to the round o 16, while a defeat will see them nearly certainly see them eliminated.

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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. "It gave us more space and the speed proved decisive for us", Rohr said.

Nigeria will have the support of an entire continent behind them when they come up against Iceland, a country that managed a point against Messi's Argentina. Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup as he had both goals. "It will not change the plans that we have decided before this game", he said.

Iceland, on the other hand, are in the midst of a golden age for the national team, and they have relished the role of underdogs for years and do a great job of countering from a solid organisation.

The 2018 World Cup came a little too soon for the Super Eagles, but they will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

In the first half, Nigeria were sluggish and Moses really struggled to stamp his authority on the match, though Nigeria heavily neglected using the width of the pitch, which in turn nullified Moses influence on the pitch.

The African players should be more acclimatised to the hot conditions than their northern opponents who hail from just outside the Arctic Circle.

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