Musa double downs Iceland to keep Nigeria’s World Cup dream alive
A second-half salvo from Ahmed Musa saw Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 at the Volgograd Arena and keep their World Cup dream alive.
The Super Eagles put in a disjointed showing in their opening match against Croatia, but posed far more threat against Iceland and took the lead when a scything counterattack was finished off by an emphatic Musa strike as he plucked the ball out of the air from Victor Moses’ cross and fired the ball past Hannes Halldórsson.
And the 25-year-old Musa, who was brought into the side to replace Alex Iwobi, added a second on 75 minutes to spark wild celebrations as he finished in an open net having rounded Halldórsson after beating Kári Árnason for pace.
Iceland had the chance to get back into the game when the involvement of VAR saw a penalty given with just nine minutes left on the clock. But the usually reliable Gylfi Sigurdsson sent his spot-kick sailing over the bar to leave Iceland needing a win over Croatia in their final group game to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
Meanwhile Nigeria go into their match with Argentina knowing that a win will see them through to the next round.