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Nigeria Revives Africa Hope as Musa’s Brace silence Iceland

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Nigeria Revives Africa Hope as Musa’s Brace silence Iceland

The Super Eagles of Nigeria has just changed the tune of the music at the ongoing World Cup Competition in Russia.

Nigeria who lost their first match to Croatia has defeated Iceland by two goals to nil. The two goals were scored by Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria is now second in the group D with three points while Croatia takes the lead by six points.

Below is the full analysis of the match:

90+7′ The referee blows the final whistle. Ball possession is Nigeria 57% – Iceland 43%.

90′ Super Eagles Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Iwobi in a tactical substitution.

Ball possession is Nigeria 59% – 41% Iceland.

82′ PENALTY – Nigeria’s Tyronne Ebuehi concedes a penalty for tripping Alfred Finnbogason.

Gylfi Sigurdsson from Iceland hits the crossbar and misses the spot kick.

75′ GOAAAAAL: A brilliant effort from Ahmed Musa to double Nigeria’s lead.

Kenneth Omeruo provided the assist for the goal.

 

66′ Nigeria create another good opportunity to extend their lead but Victor Moses sends the effort wide off target.

60′ Gylfi Sigurdsson from Iceland swings in the corner from the left to put Nigeria in a dangerous situation but Victor Moses relieves the pressure with a clearance.

57′ Danger as Onyinye Ndidi tries his luck from outside the box.

The shot is deflected and forces Hannes Thor Halldorsson into an uncomfortable save. It’s corner kick.

49′ G O O O A A A L – Ahmed Musa scores Nigeria’s first goal at the tournament.

Victor Moses provided the assist for the goal.

45+3′ The referee blows for half time.

45+1′ Birkir Saevarsson puts Nigeria in a dangerous situation with a cross.

William Troost-Ekong clears the danger but is forced to give away a corner.

A chance presents itself as Gylfi Sigurdsson swings in the corner from the left but Jon Dadi Boedvarsson’s header goes wide.

40′ Nigeria create a good opportunity to score as Onyinye Ndidi puts in a dangerous cross.

Hannes Thor Halldorsson rushes out to claim the ball. Ball possession is Nigeria 59% – 41% Iceland.

31′ Ragnar Sigurdsson from Iceland cuts off the run of Kelechi Iheanacho, prompting the referee to award a free-kick. Oghenekaro Etebo crosses the ball into the box from the free-kick but it ends with a goal-kick.

20′ A chance for Nigeria as Victor Moses passes the ball in the box but it’s intercepted by an Iceland player.

The Super Eagles are still in control of the game with 58% – 42% ball possession.

14′ Pressure for the Super Eagles as a player from Iceland takes a long throw from the left side of the pitch into the opponent’s box. Captain John Mikel relieves the pressure.

10′ Nigeria take control of the ball and try to create a good chance.
Ball possession in the first 10 minutes is Nigeria 59% – 41% Iceland.
2′ Nigerian defender Brian Idowu is penalised for pushing Kari Arnason.
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the free-kick and his strike forces a good save from Francis Uzoho.

The line-ups for both teams are highlighted below;

Nigeria

Francis Uzoho, Bryan Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel (capt), Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kenneth Omeruo

Coach: Gernot Rohr (GER)


Iceland 

Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Kari Arnason, Aron Gunnarsson (capt), Hordur Magnusson, Rurik Gislason, Jon Bodvarsson

Coach: Heimir Hallgrimsson (ISL)

Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)

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