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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Musa delivers on the double

Nigeria 2 Iceland 0

Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Ahmed Musa scored twice as Nigeria bounced back from their opening defeat to beat Group D rivals Iceland 2-0.

Leicester forward Musa opened the scoring early in the second half and fired home another brilliant goal in the 75th minute to put Nigeria in control.

Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson missed an 83rd-minute penalty as Nigeria's victory ensured they, Iceland and Argentina can all still qualify for the knockout stage.

Iceland made the better start. Sigurdsson's early free-kick was well saved by Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who then gathered another effort from the Everton midfielder.

Iceland finished the first half on top, with Alfred Finnbogason firing wide following a fine cross from Sigurdsson. The Super Eagles' made a flying start to the second half. Victor Moses collected a headed clearance and burst down the right and his cross was brilliantly controlled by Musa, who lashed home a 49th-minute lead.

Musa made and finished his second goal as his side took control of the game. He raced into the penalty area and drew Hannes Halldorsson before finishing to the net.

Iceland were handed a lifeline in the 80th minute when ref Matthew Conger consulted with VAR before awarding a penalty, but Sigurdsson sent his spot kick over the crossbar.

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