Nigeria vs Iceland : Musa brace restores hope for Eagles

Iceland's supporters celebrate in ReykjaviK Iceland at the end of their match against Argentina in the Russia 2018 World Cup

Nigeria vs Iceland, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates

Messi complained that "Iceland didn't want to play" but the Nordic minnows, playing in their first-ever World Cup, were unimpressed by the criticism.

The Super Eagles are now second in Group D and their concluding group match against two-time champions Argentina will be billed as a winner-takes-all tie.

Nigeria sweep aside Iceland to set up showdown with Argentina after Ahmed Musa strikes twice against Iceland.

The outcome of Nigeria vs Iceland could have a huge impact on who progresses to the knockout stages following Croatia's shock 3-0 win over Argentina last night.

World Cup debutant Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when it takes on Nigeria after holding two-time champion Argentina to a draw at the weekend.

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Nigeria went on to find a little more creative spark, but struggled to break down Iceland's solid defensive structure, which saw them keep their shape and sit deep.

"I think it worked out well".

"What changed the game was the goal they scored in the second half". It was hard to watch that game and not sort of compare Nigeria's kind of, I don't know what the word is, just vigor that they had, for lack of a better word, with the comatose Argentines and just how plodding and predictable they were. "We have doctors. and we're trying to prepare as good as we can, if it's going to help with vitamins or stuff like that, but it's going to be the same for both teams". And another win-at last-for an African team so we could potentially have two African teams, Senegal and Nigeria, now on the threshold of moving on if another result goes their way. Having drawn Hannes Thór Halldórsson from his goal and seen the Icelandic keeper commit himself, Musa shimmied a couple of steps right and then blasted the ball past two covering defenders.

Iceland's coach said Thursday that the injury means he will make changes to his line-up but boldly predicted his side, who held Argentina to a 1-1 draw, would beat the Super Eagles in Volgograd.

Iceland had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick way over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. Nigeria's victory also gave underachieving Argentina, home of the legendary Lionel Messi, a puncher's chance of saving its own World Cup campaign.

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