Match No.25 : Nigeria (2) – Iceland (0)

Stadium: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Match No.25 , Nigeria vs Iceland
                                                   Match No.25 , Nigeria vs Iceland

Match story:

Ahmed Musa brace help Nigeria to be still alive in Russian soil. In the first half no team managed to score a single goal. Nigerian can’t attempt a single goal shot in the first half.

After this winning performance by alarming Nigerian, Messi and co have to win their game against Nigeria to go through to the next round.

Just after the beginning of the second half Nigerian scored the goal. Ahmed Musa was not satisfied with a goal and in the 75th minute of the match he put another ball into the post and sealed the match.

Iceland the newcomer never managed to comeback after these goals. Sigurdsson spurned a glorious chance to make comeback. After this loss it is probably impossible for Iceland to go through.

Now three teams will compete for the spot in the next round on the final day.

Time Line:

3” Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

6” Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner

11” Oghenekaro Etebo (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40” Offside!! Nigeria. Kenneth Omeruo tries a through ball, but Ahmed Musa is caught offside.

44” Yellow Card!! Brian Idowu (Nigeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45” Attempt missed. Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left.

First Half: Nigeria (0) Iceland (0).

46” Substitution!!  Nigeria. Tyronne Ebuehi replaces Brian Idowu.

49” Goal!! Nigeria 1, Iceland 0. Ahmed Musa right footed shot with beautiful first touch from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Victor Moses with a cross following a fast break.

65” Substitution!! Iceland. Sverrir Ingi Ingason replaces Ragnar Sigurdsson because of an injury.

70” Missed!! William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

71” Substitution!! Iceland. Bjorn Sigurdarson replaces Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

74” Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

75Goal!! Nigeria 2, Iceland 0. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner

83” Penalty missed!! Bad penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) right footed shot is high and wide to the right. Gylfi Sigurdsson should be disappointed.

85” Substitution!! Nigeria. Odion Ighalo replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

87” Substitution!! Iceland. Ari Freyr Skúlason replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

90+1” Substitution!! Nigeria. Alex Iwobi replaces Oghenekaro Etebo.

90+7” FT Nigeria 2, Iceland 0.

Nigeria team celebrating their win
                        Nigeria team celebrating their win

Key players:

Nigeria:

Ahmed Musa (***):

Jersey no. 7 for Nigeria and he put everything in the match to keep still alive their hope. What a first touch and even better finishing put Nigerian nose ahead in the game. He scored second goal as well by beating GK and two defenders and set the match for his team. He is also the outstanding player of the match.

Iceland:

G Sigurdsson (*):

Iceland came close to minimise the deficit but their main player shoots the ball just over the bar and it was just disappointment for them.

Player ratings:

*** Exceeded expectation ** Met expectation * didn’t meet expectation

Nigeria Rating Role Iceland Rating Role
Uzoho ** GK Halldorsson * GK
Balogun * DF Magnusson * DF
Ekong * DF Sigurdsson * DF
Omeruo * DF Arnasib * DF
Idowu * DF Saevarsson * DF
Ndidi ** MF Bharbsasib * MF
Mikel© ** MF Sugurdssaon * MF
Etebo * MF Gunnarson© * MF
Moses ** FW Gislason * FW
Iheanacho * FW Finnbogason * FW
Musa(++) ** FW Bodvarsson * FW

 

Team performance:

Nigeria:

After not having single attempts on opposition in the first half, they came brilliantly in the next half.

Thanks to Musa as he scored brace for his team. They dominated the game in the next half. Nigerian hopes are still alive in the tournament.

Musa, the outstanding performer of the match
         Musa, the outstanding performer of the match

Iceland:

As a newcomer, draw with Argentina boosted their hope, but they could not repeat their performance against energised Nigerian side.

Viewer rating (**):

First half was too sluggish as no one scored anything especially Nigeria. But what a second half for the spectators. They saw some world class football from Musa.

Match Implication:

Though Croatia is already through to the top 16 Nigeria can still make the top by beating Argentina. It will be a huge task for Nigeria to setbacks Messi and co but in this kind of game you can’t anticipate.

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