Nigeria national football team reinvigorated the hope of Nigerians across the globe after thrashing Iceland with a 2-0 victory in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Volgograd, Russia on Friday. Ahmed Musa scored both goals.
Nigeria looked sluggish in its opening loss to Croatia on Saturday, 16th June, and started slowly in this game too. Iceland was performing better in the first half, getting six shots to Nigeria’s zero. But Nigeria stuck with its patient and tactical passing game, and it paid off in a far superior second half.
In the 49th minute, Victor Moses raced down the sideline and sent a cross into the box for Ahmed Musa. He controlled it nicely with his first touch, then used his second to slam it home.
Musa nearly got a second when his shot hit the top bar. Then a moment later, in the 75th minute, he latched onto a long ball, beat a defender and then the keeper, and peacefully sent the ball into an unguarded net.
With eight minutes to go, Iceland seemed to have earned a chance to close the gap. When Alfred Finnbogason of Iceland was brought down with a whack on the calf from behind, there was initially no call. But a video review determined that it was a penalty.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was elected to take it, and he aimed for the top corner. But it sailed comfortably over the bar, ending Iceland’s hopes.
Croatia is now safely through to the next round from Group D. But the second spot is up for grabs.
Some of the happiest viewers of Friday’s game had to be the Argentine team. Had Iceland won, it would have been in a terrible spot to advance. Now it has a chance.
Argentina must beat Nigeria on Tuesday to be in position to advance. And even then, Iceland could sneak into the final spot on goal difference with a win over Croatia.
Nig 🇳🇬 Iceland 🇮🇸
Possession: 62%. 38%
Shots: 16. 9
Shots on target: 4. 3
Fouls: 9. 10
Yellow card: 1. 0
Red card: 0. 0
Offside: 1. 0
Corner: 6. 5