The Super Eagles of Nigeria kept their World Cup hopes alive after defeating Group D rivals Iceland courtesy of a superb brace from Ahmed Musa.
After a lethargic first half performance in which the Eagles failed to get a shot on target, they came alive in the second half and opened scoring in the 49th minute after a counter attacking move spearheaded by Victor Moses was finished off by Musa.
All of a sudden, the game opened up and Nigeria began to dominate possession with Wilfred Ndidi and Musa coming close before the Leicester forward doubled the lead in the 75th minute after rounding the goalkeeper.
Iceland were awarded a penalty kick in the 81st minute courtesy of VAR after Finnbogason was fouled inside the box by Ebuechi, but Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson fired his spot kick over the bar.
Nigeria was able to hold on for the win which takes them to second in Group D with three points.
The result also blows the group wide open. Croatia have confirmed qualification, but each of the other three nations can still make it to the knockout stages.
Nigeria’s final group match will take place against Argentina on June 26 by 7:00pm.
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