The Super Eagles went back to winning ways as an Ahmed Musa double earned them a well-deserved victory against Iceland in the second Group D match of the 2018 World Cup.
Nigeria started the match beautifully, holding possession and making great strides in the attack, but all came to nought as they failed to get a shot on goal in the first half. Iceland, on the other hand, had three clear chances to score but were denied by Nigeria’s 19-year-old goalkeeper.
The second half introduced a side to the Super Eagles that we had all been clamoring for as two individual brilliant moments from Ahmed Musa saw him find the back of the net twice and earn Nigeria a much-needed three points that sent them to second place in the group and within grasp of qualification for the round of 16.
Sigurdsson had a chance to grab one back for Iceland after the referee – with the help of the VR screen, – called a foul in the 18-yard box and ruled a penalty. However, Sirgudsson sent the ball wide to wild cheers and jubilations from the Nigerian faithful.
Nigeria are now second in group D and must avoid a defeat to Argentina, keep the goal difference at zero or above, and also hope Iceland gets nothing more than a draw against Croatia in the final group stage round of matches to book a place in the knockout stages.