Nigeria, which had fallen to Croatia (2-0) for its entry into the 2018 World Cup, faced a confident Iceland team after their draw against Argentina (1-1). In a match where the intensity of the duels took precedence over the show, Musa opened the scoring early in the second period before giving himself a double. Nigerians take second place in group D.
Thanks to a double by Ahmed Musa, Nigeria has succeeded against Iceland (2-0) the feat of reviving both Africa and Argentina at the World Cup on Friday in Volgograd, promising a last day of fire.
Behind Croatia, already qualified after having corrected the tape to Lionel Messi the day before (3-0), the games are open in Group D, from where will come the opponent of France in the 8th final.
Thanks to the two goals of the Muscovite (he plays CSKA) Musa (49, 75), The “Super Eagles” return to the race, and take care of the image of the African teams, after the premature eliminations of Egypt and Morocco.
Nigeria is second with 3 points (difference of goal: 0), a victory against Argentina in the last game ensures him the qualification in 8th, as in 1994, 1998 and 2014, where he had been eliminated by… France (2-0), as he could see.
A draw should be enough for the African giant, as Iceland (1 pt, diff: -2) should then beat Croatia by three goals. Albiceleste (1 pt, diff: -3) it can still get away with it by defeating Nigeria, provided that Iceland does not in turn defeat Croatia. The “Strakarnir okkar” (“Our boys” must also win and hope that Nigeria does not.
Sigurdsson misses a penalty, VAR
Iceland had started the match better, however, where the first half came to a standstill after two shots, signed by Gylfi Sigurdsson and easily stopped by Francis Uzoho (3, 6).
Unfortunately for him, the star of the volcanic island will miss completely a penalty that could have restarted his team (83), whistled after viewing the video for a fault of Tyrone Ebuehi on Sigurdsson.
It was too late, the Nigerians had overturned the game, they had not fired a single shot on goal in the first 45 minutes!
After the break, Ahmed Musa concluded a counter-lightning, led by Iheanacho and then Victor Moses, of a half-volley after a superb extension check.
The CSKA Moscow goalscorer accidentally hit the knee of Ragnar Sigurdsson, whom he had just mystified. The central defender, cut with a scalp, went back to the front with a red bandage very viking, but had to lower his flag a few minutes later, replaced by Sverrir Ingasson (65).
On the second goal, Musa did everything by himself: on a long pass by Kenneth Omeruo, he wiped out Kari Arnason with one shot, then the goalkeeper.
He revived the “Super Eagles”, but Argentina can hang on to one statistic: it beat Nigeria three times in three World Cup matches (1994, 2006 and 2014). In Brazil, she had won 3-2 in pools, with Messi doubles… and Musa.