‘This is Nigeria’ - Super Eagles’ victory over Iceland sends Twitter into frenzy

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2018

Mark RALSTON / AFP Nigeria's forward Ahmed Musa (L) and teammates celebrate their victory at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22, 2018.

Gernot Rohr's side failed to create any chances in the first half, but they upped the tempo in the second period and broke the deadlock just four minutes in through Musa, who also struck the frame of the goal before scoring another fine goal on 75 minutes to register the Nigerians' first victory in Russian Federation.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the thrilling encounter.

15 minutes into the game: Rurik Gislason fouls an Iceland opponent fouls with an untimed slide tackle and that has been more-or-less the story of the first 15 mins of play. Nigeria have started with a 3-5-2 formation while Iceland have continued with their traditional 4-4-2 setup.

Iceland were pressuring Nigeria towards the 65th minute as they went in search for an equaliser, but they lacked quality in the final third.

However, as he launched the ball into the Nigerian mixer, the West African defence cleared the danger, and all of a sudden the Super Eagles found themselves marauding forward with the Icelandic defence stretched and in a very beleaguered position.

Victory over Iceland now means all six of Nigeria's victories in World Cup history have come at the expense of European opposition.

Iceland also conceded the opening goal against Argentina last time out, but they equalised within four minutes and therefore did not have to significantly alter their game plan.

"It's possible", Musa said, "I'm going to score another two goals".

"We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question".

As Iceland, they showed their defensive qualities in the 1-1 draw with Argentina, successfully silencing Leo Messi. Nigeria will join Croatia in the last 16 if they beat Argentina, and would also do so with a draw unless Iceland beat Croatia, in which case once more it will come down to goal difference and other tie-breakers.

Heimir Hallgrímsson's side produced a tactically organised performance to stifle Argentina in their 1-1 opening day draw and will look to build on the positive result.

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