‘Musa’s done more than Messi’ - Nigeria goal hero hands Argentina lifeline

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2018

Iceland's coach Heimir Hallgrimsson gestures on the sideline during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22, 2018.

Argentina still has a chance to finish second in Group D at the World Cup despite a draw to Iceland and a bad loss to Croatia on Thursday. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16.

Group D is now set for a blockbuster finale on Tuesday when Iceland take on already-qualified Croatia in Rostov and Nigeria face Argentina in St. Petersburg.

Musa finally broke the deadlock in the 49th minute before sealing victory for Nigeria in the75th minute of the tension sapping tie. Having sprinted into space, the wing-back sent the ball into the box and Musa controlled superbly before firing past Halldorsson with aplomb.

Those goals, coupled with Gylfi Sigurdsson's late penalty miss for Iceland, leave Nigeria in the driver's seat for the Group D runner-up spot behind Croatia.

If Iceland beats Croatia, Group D's runner-up spot would be decided by tiebreakers.

The Croats continued their winning streak yesterday when they beat Lionel Messi led Argentina team 3-0 to dominate the group.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made some tactical changes, including bringing Musa into the starting lineup to inject some pace into the attack. If the teams wind up tied in differential, Iceland will need to have more goals scored in the tourney than Nigeria, and they're now one behind.

Spain and Portugal, who played out an enthralling 3-3 draw came in first and second while Mexico, which defeated reigning champions Germany were rated third.

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