Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa punishes wasteful Iceland to give Argentina hope

Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason

Despite there formidable World Cup record against European opposition, their was in fact only one previous meeting between these two sides - a friendly in 1981 - and Iceland won 3-0. The group's leader are Croatia that have earned six points.

He didn't let the occasion get to him and kept his side in the game early on, which is definitely a huge contribution given the way things were progressing in the first-half for the Super Eagles. It eventually ended 2-0 after a Modric penalty put the game out of Nigeria's reach, and they will be hoping for a vastly improved showing against Iceland. "It gave us more space and the speed proved decisive for us", Rohr said.

"I am confident that if our players believe in themselves, they can qualify out of their hard group and even go very far in the tournament", because "with determination, nothing is impossible".

Following what's gone at this World Cup, it's unlikely many will consider a Nigeria victory over Argentina a massive surprise.

They faced off with the South American giants and group favourites Argentina in a David vs Goliath clash. That's their only hope at this point, because their first go at being frontrunners in a big game was disastrous.

Iceland's still alive, but needs a win and either Argentina to draw with Nigeria, or for Argentina to beat Nigeria, but by not too many 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. Unfortunately for Iceland, Gylfi Sigurdsson blasted the spot-kick over the bar.

"We know the scenario when we play Croatia - it's going to be really tough games", Hallgrimsson said.




His good form will come as a sigh of relief for Nigerian fans and coaches alike, especially after a awful performance in the opener against Croatia.

He recovered from injury just in time for the World Cup but has looked off the pace in Russian Federation, despite his coach saying that was 100 percent fit.

Iceland face Croatia on Tuesday while Argentina play Nigeria at the same time.

After recording eight shots against Argentina in the first half of their first match, Iceland failed to register a single attempt on goal in the second 45 minutes.

Below, The Sportsman examines four talking points from the thrilling game at the Volgograd Arena.

The last side to avoid defeat in their opening two matches were Senegal in 2002. Ironically, they were widely expected to win against Nigeria but looked some way short of their best.

Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's Fifa World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift.

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