Musa beats the goalie and pumps in the second goal
Ahmed Musa made it twice into the 18 yard box of Iceland in the 49th and 75th minutes and cracked in two goals for Nigeria. Another strike from him had hit the woodwork earlier, showing signs of things to come. And they did come in the second half when the Super Eagles shook off the first half lethargy and soared high, higher and higher, making Argentina look ordinary before the Icelanders that held them to a 1-1 draw in their opening group D match.
Good ball control by the Eagles; fluid passes from ace striker Victor Moses, fine head clearance from defender Leon Balogun, fine goal keeping by goalie, Uzoh and fine ball distribution by midfield maestro, Captain Mikel Obi created the deft footworks that set the Eagle on fire. An the in no time the Icelanders were forced to open their defence wider for deeper penetration by Nigeria.
The Eagles are already looking forward to a clash of the titans with Argentina on Tuesday as their win has not only given them three points and put them in the second position behind Croatia who have qualified with six points after beating Argentina 3-0 and Nigeria, 2-0, but has also put them in contention for the last 16.
What They Say:
Efan Ekoku: Former Bournemouth and Nigeria striker on BBC Radio 5 live
“With this putting them in a more advantageous position than Argentina, Nigeria will have the opportunity to play counter attacking football against them and a real occasion awaits the Super Eagles.
This was always a group, once I saw the draw, that I thought anything could happen. No doubt there will be one or two final twists in the final games. Nothing would surprise me in terms of the outcome of those matches.”
Danny Murphy: Former England midfielder on BBC One
“Nigeria’s first goal meant Iceland had to leave some spaces which helped Nigeria – the game became much more open then and Nigeria exploited it. Victor Moses was great in that second half – he deserves credit. But it’s a thoroughly deserved win.”
Didier Drogba: Phoenix Rising and former Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker on BBC One
“Ahmed Musa’s first is a beautiful goal – the difficulty makes it more beautiful. Wow.”