Nigeria revived its World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory over Iceland in Volgograd and gave a boost to Argentina. Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup as he had both goals.
This means Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina are all still in contention to advance from Group D. Croatia has a spot in the round of 16 therefore taking the lead after two wins.
The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat. Musa showed superb technique to fire Nigeria ahead on the half-volley before the Leicester player rounded keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to make it 2-0.
Nigeria looked sluggish in its opening loss to Croatia, and started slowly in this game too. Nigeria was the first team in Russia not to have a shot in the first 45 minutes.
Nigeria eludes defeat
A defeat today would have meant the country joining African teams: Egypt and Morocco in exiting the tournament early.
He showed exceptional quality to open the scoring, controlling a cross by Victor Moses before lashing home from 10-yards.
Tougher days are ahead as Nigeria have to win Argentina to ensure their stay in Russia but this performance, particularly in the second half, will give them a huge lift for Tuesday’s group finale.