Russia 2018: Musa Shines As Super Eagles Crush Iceland
Nigerians are in a happy mood.
The Super Eagles on Friday defeated Iceland 2 - 0 to keep hope of progressing to the next stage of the World Cup alive.
It is the second win by an African team in the World Cup.
Ahmed Musa scored the two goals in the second half of the game, after a first half that was pushing Nigerians to the brink.
The Nigerian side had no shot on goal in the first half of the game, but returned in the second half to defeat Iceland.
Musa scored the opening goal four minutes into the second half. It was a goal that could make top ten in the 2018 FIFA World holding in Russia.
The Super Eagles maintained dominance in the second half, raising ball possession to 58% against 42%.
At the 74th minute, Musa came close to scoring a second goal for the Super Eagles, but was deprived by the crossbar.
Nigeria maintained the pressure on Iceland and at the 75th minute, Musa again dribbled past a defender and then the goalkeeper before berrying the ball in the net, giving Nigeria a second goal.
It was a comfortable lead and an assurance of the maximum three points in the game.
The young Super Eagles gained a lot of confidence in their attacking efforts after the two goals.
Few minutes after the second goal, however, Iceland mounted a little pressure and earned a penalty at the 82nd minute after Tyronne Ebuehi tripped Alfred Finnbogason within the box.
Iceland got a good chance to reduce the goal margin, but Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot went wide, above the crossbar.
Six minutes was added, but Nigeria maintained their lead, pocketing three points from the game.
After the game, Ahmed Musa was named man of the Match.
As it stands, Croatia leads Group D with six points while Nigeria follows with three points.
Argentina and Iceland are on one point apiece.
While Iceland have two goals deficit, Argentina have minus three, needing a lot of catch up to do in their next game against the Super Eagles with no goal deficit.