[VIDEO] Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: Magical Musa Shines In Crucial Win For The Super Eagles | Goals

The day belonged to Ahmed Musa and rightly so as he scored two brilliant goals against Iceland to give Nigeria hope of qualification to the round of 16 at the FIFA world cup.

Nigeria went into the match knowing that a lose would make them the third African country to exit the group at the ongoing tournament.

A second half resurge by the Super Eagles not only gave Nigeria hope but is also good news for Argentina.

Lionel Messi’s team face the reality of an early exit after a stunning 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday, but victory in their final Group D game against Nigeria could now send them through to the last 16.

Musa was one of the three changes made to the starting line-up by Gernot Rohr after Nigeria lost their opening game against Croatia and the forward repaid his coach’s faith in him as he set the Volgograd Arena on fire.

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The game started slowly with both teams being cautious. Gylfi Sigurdsson tested Nigerian goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho with an early free-kick which was comfortably parried away.

Sigurdsson could have done better minutes later as he fired a sixth-minute chance straight at the teenage goalkeeper, who dealt with a string of corners as both sides struggled for fluency in midfield.

But Iceland almost took the lead in the last minute of the first half, Alfred Finnbogason unable to get a decisive touch on Sigurdsson’s dangerous free-kick delivered from the right wing.

Nigeria came into the second half looking like a different team as the coach made a substitution at half-time,bringing in Tyronne Ebuehi for Bryan Idowu and the impact was almost felt immediately.

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Oghenekaro Etebo got into a good position and tested Iceland’s goalkeeper, Thor Halldorsson just 14 seconds after the restart, with the goalkeeper easily saving.

That seemed like a warning of things to come though.

Iceland had a throw-in deep in the Nigerian half and was headed away by a Nigerian defender before Iheanacho started a counter by playing Victor Moses in.

Musa darted into the box and controlled a cross from Victor Moses before thumping an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net, with Musa becoming the Super Eagles’ top scorer in the history of the tournament courtesy of his third World Cup goal.

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Musa almost grabbed a second minutes later with the crossbar denying him but he was not be stopped on the third attempt.

Musa profited off a clearance by Kenneth Omeruo, bursting clear in the left channel before cutting inside and slipping a calm finish past a stranded Iceland defence.

There was late drama as Nigeria conceded a penalty but Sigurdsson could not convert.

Nigeria face Argentina in the next game while Iceland face Croatia who have already booked their place in the knock-out stage.

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