Ahmed Musa scored twice on his return to the starting line-up much to the continent’s joy as Nigeria kept their World Cup knockout hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd.
By SportBrief Reporter
Nigeria saw off a stubborn Iceland to keep their hopes of making it to the last 16 alive as they recorded a 2-0 win over their opponents courtesy of an Ahmed Musa double.
The Leicester forward, on loan at CSKA Moscow last season, struck a volleyed opener four minutes after the restart and further repaid boss Gernot Rohr’s faith with a fine second 15 minutes from time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson looked set to give Iceland a late lifeline when Alfred Finnbogason earned a VAR-awarded penalty but the Everton playmaker ballooned his 83rd-minute effort over the bar.
The result boosted beleaguered Argentina’s hopes as well as the Super Eagles’ but victory for Nigeria against Lionel Messi and co on Tuesday would see Rohr’s side through alongside Croatia.
The result also renewed Africa’s faith in Nigeria, with doubts having started to emerge over the Super Eagle’s ability to go far in the tournament after they had suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia in their opening fixture.