Ahmed Musa scores twice to give Nigeria win over Iceland

World Cup 2018 Nigeria vs Iceland Live Football Score Nigeria Thwart Iceland Attacking Threat

Iceland (vs. Croatia) in Rostov and Argentina (vs. Nigeria) at St Petersburg will both be looking for a win in their final group stage match while hoping the other doesn't win.

The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat but came good in Volgograd.

Nigeria's next opponent is Argentina and Musa has played well against them before.

Nigeria's win gives Group D of the World Cup, already one of the tournament's most intriguing combinations, extra drama going into the last game of the opening round.

This was Iceland's first ever defeat in a group stage match at a major global tournament, having previously drawn three and won one of four games.

Excitingly Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland could still join undefeated Croatia in the next round, though the situation remains complicated. The Chelsea star made a plethora of risky runs from the right-hand side, which not only caused trouble for the Icelandic defence but also destabilised their rigid defensive formation.

There has only been one meeting between Nigeria and Iceland, with Iceland winning 3-0 in a 1981 friendly.

The teams met in the qualifying campaign for Russian Federation, with each winning at home as Iceland topped the group, but Croatia's 3-0 hammering of Argentina marked them out as one of the teams to watch in Russian Federation.

Pressure is building on the shoulders of Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr and he hit back at a reporter when asked if a loss might see his job on the line.

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Iceland went close again in the 44th minute from a free-kick.

Musa, Nigeria's all-time leading World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Argentina before.

Musa has scored at two different World Cup finals.

The victory put Nigeria in second place in Group D, with three points from two matches.

But for territory and possession there was only one team in it, though the Super Eagles lacked the dynamism to trouble Iceland in the first half.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson named midfielder Rurik Gislason to replace experienced winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who picked up an injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Argentina.

From there, Nigeria were brilliant, as they attacked with pace, precision and penetration; they looked a genuine threat going forward, while in midfield there was a lot more balance and cohesion.

All six of Nigeria's wins at the World Cup have come against European opposition, and they have kept a clean sheet in five of those six victories.

Arguably the most active Nigerian attacker on the field, Victor Moses was a quintessential figure for his side in the attacking department. His two previous World Cup goals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil were in a group match against Argentina.

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