FIFA World Cup 2018: Ahmed Musa’s brace in Nigeria victory

AP
Published Jun 23, 2018, 1:34 am IST
Updated Jun 23, 2018, 1:53 am IST
Nigeria will face Argentina in their final group match on Tuesday in St Petersburg.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring the second goal against Iceland in their Group ‘D’ match at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. (Photo:AP)
 Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring the second goal against Iceland in their Group ‘D’ match at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. (Photo:AP)

Volgograd: Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two of second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia.

Nigeria will face Argentina in their final group match on Tuesday in St Petersburg. If Nigeria win, they will advance to the Round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, they can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.

 

Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

He doubled the lead in the 75th. Picking up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, Musa mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.

Iceland had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick way over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

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