Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

The paper wrote about Nigeria: "A disgusting performance from a group of players who didn't seem to grasp quite how important their opening game at the World Cup was".

If Iceland win their match agianst Croatia, Argentina will go through only if they have a better goal difference than Iceland.

The victory moves Nigeria to second place, and the Eagles will earn a spot in the last-16 if, in their final match, they are able to equal Iceland's result against Croatia.

With Croatia heading the group on six points Nigeria knew a second defeat would mean elimination and Iceland started brightest after coach Heimir Hallgrimsson changed to a 4-4-2 from the 4-5-1 he had used in the 1-1 draw with Argentina.

Nigeria have faced Argentina four times in their previous five World Cup appearances, losing on all four occasions, but the form of the South American outfit have raised hopes that the Super Eagles can end that run. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.


Although the first half ended goalless, Iceland were the more purposeful side, with the Nigerians going into the break without a single shot on target.

Skipper John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses had to be cajoled into new roles as Rohr heeded the criticism that followed his side's opening Group D defeat by Croatia. "I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn", said the German.

In a potential blow for Iceland, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson - who is central to the team's quick, counter-attacking style - is a doubt after tearing a muscle in the Argentina game.

"We've played Croatia four times in four years".

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