FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights Nigeria vs Iceland:Ahmed Musa scored a brace to give Nigeria their first win at this year’s World Cup, and Argentina a hope. Musa scored two goals in the second half to help Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 and move into the second place after already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will next face Argentina in their final group match on Tuesday. If Nigeria win, they will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland. (FIFA World Cup 2018 News | Points Table | Fixtures)
FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Nigeria vs Iceland: Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0
FULL-TIME! NIGERIA 2-0 ICELAND
Ahmed Musa scores a brace to give Nigeria three points as they beat Iceland 2-0. Both the goals came in the second half as Nigeria now stand second in the Group in which Croatia is assured of going to the next level. Argentina and Iceland are level at 1 point. It is do or die for all the three teams in the next match.
John Obi Mikel seems to have injured his hand and it looks bad. He was trying to tackle Hordur Magnusson.
Six minutes added time
Six minutes of added time has been added to the match but it looks like thiss is Iceland's first loss at their debut World Cup. The first one ended in a draw against Argentina. This has worked perfectly well for Argentina.
Substitution for Iceland as Aron Gunnarsson comes off to be replaced by Ari Skulason while Sigurdsson takes the captain’s armband.
ICELAND MISS PENALTY
Iceland awarded penalty after the referee consults VAR as Ebuehi brought down Finnbodvarsson inside the penalty area. Siggurdson already knew it would be a penalty as he placed the ball in front of the goal while the referee was checking VAR. He however missed the crucial penalty as he sends the ball wide.
GOAALL! There you go! Nigeria double their lead as Musa displays perfect control to send the ball inside the net in the 75th minute. Musa goes around the Icelandic keeper, waits for the perfect moment and then scores.
Sigurdsson is replaced by Sverrir Ingason as he succumbs to the injury on the way to the only goal of this match. The goal by Musa means that no match has gone goalless so far at World Cup 2018.
Iceland are awarded free-kick about 35 yards from the Nigeria goal. Sigurdsson sends the ball straight into the hands of Uzoho to lose their chance of levelling the game.
Iceland receive a corner which is taken by Sigurdsson but Moses manages to clear it. Nigeria on the counter-attack. They have taken confidence from their opening goal and are dominating play
Sigurdsson who attempted to block a shot by Musa is getting treated in the head. Nasty scenes as blood can be seen gushing out. He will however resume playing after changing into a clean shirt
GOAL! Nigeria breakthrough in the second half as No. 7 Ahmed Musa gives Nigeria the lead and Argentina the hope at the start of second half after displaying stunning skills and great control!
Second half of Nigeria vs Iceland underway. The result of this match will decide the fate of Argentina, who need Iceland to lose or draw this one.
HALF-TIME: Nigeria 0-0 Iceland
Both sides miss multiple chances to go into the half-time goalless at Volgograd. Iceland had a good start, as well as end to the first half while Nigeria found their groove somewhere in the middle and lost it again.
Iceland miss chance
That was so close! Iceland players will be furious with themselves for not utilising the opportunity with the first half coming to an end. Meanwhile, Idowu goes down in the referee's book for a foul against Bodvarsson. Sigurdsson takes the kick but Finnbogason misses the net by inches.
Nigeria are given a free-kick from a rather good position but Iheanacho does not reach his teammates as Iceland clear. The scoreline continues to read 0-0
Ten minutes left
Ten minutes of the first half left as Iceland dominate with no change in the scoreline. Who will take the lead? Nigeria are slowly getting into the groove as more green shirts can be seen with the ball.
Iceland launch a free-kick from half-way but Nigeria stand firm to clear it. Nigeria on counter-attack.
Bjarnason shoots goalwards but it goes for a corner after Victor Moses interception. But nothing materialises of the corner as Nigeria clear.
Aron Gunnarsson goes down with his hand on his ribs. He gets up after a while and carries on with the game as Iceland win another throw-in which is easily cleared by the Green Eagles.
Mexican wave, Viking Clap
Iceland dominate in the first 10 minutes at the end of which a Mexican wave is seen through the crowd at the Volgograd Arena. A thundering Viking Clap can be heard from the crowd, pushing Iceland to keep going. Nigeria, on the other hand, also look more passionate/desperate than they did against Croatia.
Busy start for Uzoho
It has been a very busy start for Nigerian keeper Uzoho as Gylfi Sigurdsson has another shot on goal. But Uzoho comfortably saves this one.
Iceland attack early
Nigeria get the ball rolling but Iceland have their first chance as they are awarded free kick. Aaron Gunnarsson takes it and attempts a long one but goes straight to the Nigerian keeper.
Here we go! The second match of the day is underway. If Iceland win, they will be a point away from qualification to the next round. If Nigeria win, they will take the second spot in the group and if its a draw, the fate of all the teams will be decided in their final group game.
The teams are on the field, national anthems are being sung. Match to begin in a few minutes. The stadium looks blue - a lot of Iceland supporters are here.
Here are the line-ups for Nigeria vs Iceland:
Nigeria: Uzoho, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Moses, Etebo, Mikel, Ndidi, Idowu, Musa, Iheanacho.
Subs: Ezenwa, Echiejile, Ighalo, Abdullahi, Simy, Obi, Onazi, Iwobi, Ogu, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Akpeyi.
Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gislason, Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Bodvarsson, Finnbogason.
Subs: Schram, Fridjonsson, Albert Gudmundsson, Ingason, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Sigurdarson, Eyjolfsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Runarsson.
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Nigeria vs Iceland Live
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second match of the day between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena. Nigeria lost their first match to Croatia 2-0 while Iceland held Argentina to a draw in their first fixtures at the Russia World Cup.