Ahmed Musa scored a brace as Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in their Group D match at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. After a dull first half, the match opened up in the second half especially when Musa slotted home in the 49th minute.
NDTV Sports reports that a fantastic counter-attack after an Iceland corner saw Nigeria take the lead. Victor Moses put in a brilliant cross that was finished perfectly by Musa. The Nigerian frontman added his second in the 75th minute after a fine individual effort, running circles around the Iceland defence. Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a golden chance to put Nigeria under pressure, putting his spot-kick over the bar in the 83rd minute. His miss summed up the frustrating night for Iceland.
After a strong first ten minutes, Nigeria and Iceland went into the halftime locked at 0-0. Iceland stormed the Nigeria half for the opening ten minutes and made Nigeria do the hardwork. After that, the match hardly saw any chances for either teams as both took a defensive approach going into the halftime.
Both the teams tried to boss their respective midfield region. Nigeria enjoyed more possession but there were hardly any attacking threat from the African nation.
Iceland kept defending in numbers and kept passing the ball around. (Highlights: Nigeria vs Iceland)
Full time: Nigeria 2 – 0 Iceland.