Nigeria national team have caused Iceland’s first defeat at the world Cup and joined in the fight for the playoffs.
A defining moment of the match came in the 49th minute Victor Moses in the counterattack flanking transmission in the penalty area found Ahmed Musa and midfielder “Lester” after a perfect handling of the ball with a powerful shot into the near corner opened the scoring in the match.
Along with a goal scored Nigeria had the opportunity for counterattacks than the Eagles again took advantage in the 75th minute, Musa on the wing escaped from the defender, beat the goalkeeper and sent the ball into the unprotected corner.
On 82 minutes, Iceland had a chance for salvation, but Sigurdsson penalty sent the ball over the crossbar.
The victory of Nigeria in the match with Iceland allowed prematurely Croatia to win the group D. In the last round for second place in the play-offs will argue Iceland, Argentina and Nigeria, and only Africans do not have to win to get into the 1/8 finals.
Nigeria – Iceland 2:0
Goals: Musa, 49, 75
Nigeria: USKO – Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Amaroo – Moses, Ndidi, Eteba (Iwobi, 90), Mikel, Idowu (Ebuehi, 46) Musa, Iheanacho (Igalo, 85).
Iceland: Halldorsson – Severson, Arnason, R. Sigurdsson (Ignash, 65), Magnusson – Gislason, Gunnarsson (A. Skulason, 87), Sigurdsson, Bjarnason – Finnbogason (Sigurdarson, 71), Bodvarsson.
Warning: Idowu, 44.
Standings: Croatia 6, Nigeria – 3, Iceland – 1, Argentina – 1.
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