Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

Marcus Newton
June 22, 2018

But Nigeria were slow to get out of the blocks and became the first team not to have a shot in the first half of a World Cup game since South Korea against Algeria in Brazil four years ago.

The Leicester City striker struck twice in the second half to keep the Super Eagles in with a chance of reaching the last-16.

Both Nigeria's clash with Argentina and Iceland's match with Croatia take place simultaneously at 7:00pm BST (2:00pm ET) on Tuesday June 26.

Musa, recalled to the starting team by coach Gernot Rohr, made it 2-0 in the 75th minute when he found space on the left, beat Iceland defender Kári Árnason, and rounded goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson before slamming the ball into the net.

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Iceland gutted out a draw against heavily favored Argentina in Round 1 of Group D play. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Skipper Mikel Obi has also been withdrawn to defensive midfield from the No 10 position that has caused him so much flak this week, while Victor Moses will play at right wing back, the role he plays at his Premier League club Chelsea. It was not easy to convince them but in the end they did it well. A loss to the debutants, on the other hand, will see them join Egypt and Morocco in shaming the continent by exiting the World Cup before their third match. "However, we've moved past that disappointment and we're looking forward to the next game", Ndidi told FIFA's official website.

But they missed the pace of winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who was injured in the Argentina game.

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