Musa leads Nigeria past Iceland
Posted: 22 June 2018 Time: 06:25 pm
Nigeria secured their first victory at the 2018 World Cup thanks to a second-half double from Ahmed Musa in a 2-0 victory over Iceland.
Following Argentina’s loss at the hands of Croatia, the chance to stage a comeback for Nigeria following their opening day defeat was there for the taking.
The Super Eagles, though, didn’t bring much optimism after Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick was palmed over the bar by Francis Uzoho, who denied the Everton star moments later once again.
Iceland threatened in the latter stages of the first half with a free-kick flashing across goal from Sigurdsson followed by a looping header by Jon Bodvarsson that sailed wide.
Musa, who returned to the line-up, controlled a cross with an outstretched leg before finishing emphatically to hand Nigeria the lead in the 48th minute.
Moments later, Wilfred Ndidi drove in a long-range piledriver which Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson managed to tip over the bar.
On 71 minutes, Leon Balogun rose highest to meet a corner kick but failed to get the header on target, with Nigeria pushing for a second goal.
Musa then threatened again with a curling shot that found the top of the crossbar, with Victor Moses unable to follow up.
Musa made amends moments later as he outpaced Kari Arnason and rounded Halldorsson to profit with an easy tap-in to double the Super Eagles' lead with 15 minutes to play.
Iceland were handed a way back after receiving a penalty following a foul on Alfred Finnbogason after a review from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
However, Iceland's talisman Sigurdsson stood up and failed to hit the target, blowing their chances of a comeback.
In the end, 2-0 was how the score remained as Nigeria moved up second spot in Group D, while Iceland sit in third.