FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0

FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights Nigeria Vs Iceland: Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 to give Argentina hopes of qualifying to the next round.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 22, 2018 11:15:12 pm
FIFA World Cup 2018: Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0. (Source: AP)

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)

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22 Jun

Volgograd Arena

Nigeria

2
  • 49’ Ahmed Musa
  • 75’ Ahmed Musa
0

Iceland

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    FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Nigeria vs Iceland: Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0

    22:48 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Serbia vs Switzerland Live

    Last match of the day is a Group E match between Serbia and Switzerland. You can follow live score and updates here.

    22:30 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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.

    22:25 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Injury

    John Obi Mikel seems to have injured his hand and it looks bad. He was trying to tackle Hordur Magnusson.

    22:20 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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.

    22:18 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Substitution

    Substitution for Iceland as Aron Gunnarsson comes off to be replaced by Ari Skulason while Sigurdsson takes the captain’s armband.

    22:14 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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.

    22:05 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    GOAL

    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.

    21:55 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Substitution

    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.

    21:54 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Iceland free-kick

    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.

    21:51 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Iceland corner

    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

    21:46 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    'Bloody' scenes

    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

    21:40 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    GOAL

    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! 

    21:35 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Second half

    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.

    21:21 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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. 

    21:18 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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. 

    21:10 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Nigeria chance

    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

    21:07 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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. 

    21:00 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Iceland free-kick

    Iceland launch a free-kick from half-way but Nigeria stand firm to clear it. Nigeria on counter-attack.

    20:54 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Iceland corner

    Bjarnason shoots goalwards but it goes for a corner after Victor Moses interception. But nothing materialises of the corner as Nigeria clear.

    20:45 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    First injury

    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.

    20:44 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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.

    20:39 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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. 

    20:36 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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. 

    20:31 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    MATCH UNDERWAY

    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.

    20:26 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    National anthems

    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. 

    19:59 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    Line-ups

    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.

    19:56 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
    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. 

    FIFA World Cup 2018 Nigeria vs Iceland: World Cup debutants Iceland expect to face Nigeria on Friday without one of their most experienced players, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who is very unlikely to recover from injury in time. "He is getting better every day. He is good hands. I am not going to hide that it is very unlikely that he will play," Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson told reporters on Thursday ahead of the Group D game.

    Gudmundsson, who plays for Burnley in England's Premier League, has 65 caps for Iceland and is a key part of the team's fast, counter-attacking style. But he was substituted with an injury midway through the second half of Iceland's impressive 1-1 draw with twice world champions Argentina on Saturday. That surprise result kept Iceland in the frame to make the knock-out stages, having similarly shocked at Euro 2016.

    Hallgrimsson said the absence of Gudmundsson -- replaced on Saturday by Rurik Gislason who plays for SV Sandhausen in Germany's second division -- would not upset the balance of his team.

    "We are not afraid. It will not change the plans that we have decided before this game," he said. Iceland playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who recovered from injury in time for the World Cup and played against Argentina, is 100 percent fit, he said.

    Hallgrimsson said the heat of Volgograd -- where temperatures are typically a lot higher than most other World Cup venues -- might represent an advantage for Iceland's opponents on Friday.