The Super Eagles of Nigeria emerged victorious in a must-win-match that made the West African side triumph with a 2-0 victory over the Iceland’s national team that had earlier compelled Argentina to a forceful 1-1 draw.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa scored a brace, with a clinically finished second goal that saw the Iceland’s goal keeper crawling on the floor to get himself before the goal was registered.
After losing 2-0 to Croatia in their first game, Nigeria would have joined African rivals Egypt and Morocco in exiting the tournament early if they had lost here, but they made a decision that suggests they were ready to move the nation forward and that decision paid off.
Moses played an important role in Musa’s first goal with a pass that gave the Leicester on loan forward an accurate pass in the 18-yard -box that was well controlled in a manner that reminded Nigerians of the late Rashidi Yekini who would control same in the same manner.
Iceland had an opportunity to equalize through a penalty that appeared to be controversial until VARS confirmed it was authentic, but it was an opportunity that was wasted as the ball went over the bar.
The heat of the team was directed to the Argentine side who lost to Croatia following a 3-0 thrashing before Nigeria’s match against Iceland.
Nigeria were in a more organized mood against the Icelanders, pressing harder with a formation that gave room for the Leicester forward to make himself relevant and score two goals
Having gone down 2-0 to Croatia in their first game, Nigeria would have joined African rivals Egypt and Morocco in exiting the tournament early if they had lost here.
Nigeria’s victory over the Icelanders means they have to beat Argentina to keep their round of 16 qualification in tact irrespective of what happens in the other group matches.