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Musa Brace Sees Nigeria Climb Above Argentina

2018 World Cup 

Result: Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Date: 22 June 2018

Venue: Volgograd Arena

Ahmed Musa bagged a second-half brace to inspire Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Iceland in their second Group D clash at the 2018 World Cup.

The Super Eagles were on the front foot early on but they could not create clear-cut chances, while Gylfi Sigurdsson forced Francis Uzoho into two saves in the opening five minutes.

The Icelandic nation were giving as much as they got after a quarter of an hour, but they struggled with the final ball in the final third.

Gernot Rohr’s charges were still under siege after 35 minutes, struggling to combine their play going forward.

However, that proved to be the trend for the remainder of the half as the sides went into the break goalless.

Four minutes into the second half, Musa broke the deadlock for the Super Eagles with a beautiful strike in the box following a cross from Victor Moses, 1-0.

Iceland were pressuring Nigeria towards the 65th minute as they went in search for an equaliser, but they lacked quality in the final third.

Musa doubled the lead for the Super Eagles and completed his brace in the 75th minute with a fine individual effort that ended with him slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Iceland were awarded a penalty via the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) with eight minutes remaining but Sigurdsson missed from the spot, firing over the bar as the clash ended 2-0 to the Nigerians.

The victory leaves the Super Eagles in second spot, while Iceland and Argentina sit in third and fourth respectively.

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