Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

Tyler Owen
June 23, 2018

Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. "Whenever I play against Argentina, when Messi is playing, I can remember four years ago when Messi was playing in Brazil, I scored two goals". The Nigerians, donning their flashy Nike kit which has proved popular with fans, were not able to register a single shot on goal in the first half of play. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley.

Emmanuel Babayaro has praised Nigeria following their 2-0 victory over Iceland in Friday's World Cup tie.

Ajayi said that the strength displayed had given hope that Nigeria would win Argentina in their final First Round match.

Iceland were pressuring Nigeria towards the 65th minute as they went in search for an equaliser, but they lacked quality in the final third.

GW: Just the technical skill required for the first touch that Musa had to then stop that ball with sort of a jab of his foot and then have the patience to wait for. The Everton player's profligacy summed up Iceland's day.

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And captain Aron Gunnarsson said it was the team's togetherness and spirit that enabled them to keep punching above their weight on the world stage, having famously knocked England out of Euro 2016. Despite there formidable World Cup record against European opposition, their was in fact only one previous meeting between these two sides - a friendly in 1981 - and Iceland won 3-0. "I'm part of a team - one that I'm very proud of", said Musa in a very humble interview with FIFA.com, "so I'd really like to thank them for all of their support".

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

Also reacting, student, Mr Paul Abang, predicted that the Super Eagles would beat Argentina if only they improved on their standard of play.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson changed to a 4-4-2, from the 4-5-1 he used against Argentina, bringing in Jon Bodvarsson up front to partner Finnbogason.

Argentina, meanwhile, have to beat Nigeria and also hope Iceland do not win against Croatia, as that could send the South Americans home early, again depending on goal difference.

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