Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa punishes wasteful Iceland to give Argentina hope

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That match is next Tuesday in Saint Petersburg (20:00, CAT).

Needless to say, Nigerians were ecstatic at the stadium and across social media with their team's win.

Iceland also conceded the opening goal against Argentina last time out, but they equalised within four minutes and therefore did not have to significantly alter their game plan. "Possibly, I'm going to score another two goals".

Nigeria lost their opening match 2-0 to Croatia and Hallgrimsson said he expected the Africans to come out firing.

After Argentina's struggles through the first two games and Croatia's dominance, Group D suddenly looks wide open heading into the final day of play for all four teams on June 26.

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Musa made amends moments later as he outpaced Kari Arnason and rounded Halldorsson to profit with an easy tap-in to double the Super Eagles' lead with 15 minutes to play. He picked up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.

Hallgrimsson said the absence of Gudmundsson - replaced on Saturday by Rurik Gislason who plays for SV Sandhausen in Germany's second division - would not upset the balance of his team.

Musa and Moses combined well in the box and as a result, Nigeria took the deserved lead.

Iceland, roared on by thousands of fans from the tiny country, kept pushing and were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when referee Matt Conger used the Video Assisted Referee system to confirm that striker Alfreð Finnbogason had been fouled by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has brought in speedy Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho to play up front instead of Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

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Musa added a second in the 75th after singlehandedly breaking down Iceland's last line of defense.

He said he had been impressed with the Luka Modric-inspired side, who are already through from Group D thanks to a stunning 3-0 win over Argentina on Thursday.

But should Iceland fail to beat group leaders Croatia in their final match, a draw or better for Nigeria will be enough for them to progress.

"We have to work very hard, we know it's do or die, we have to go for a draw or win".

Others said that Musa had actually served Messi's World Cup cause more than his Argentinian teammates.

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