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

22 June, 2018, 23:13 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Musa is now the first Nigerian player to score a brace in two FIFA World Cup matches.

Nigeria will be looking to get a win in their second Group D game against Iceland, but Super Eagles will know that they will have a tough test against debutants Iceland who showed plenty of fighting spirit in their 1-1 draw with Argentina.

Iceland's final group stage match is against Croatia on Tuesday, June 26 at 20:00 SA time.

A draw would be enough to eliminate the Argentines but would leave Nigeria's fate resting on the outcome of Iceland's game against Croatia which kicks off at the same time.

Although the first half ended goalless, Iceland were the more purposeful side, with the Nigerians going into the break without a single shot on target.

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Hallgrimsson said the absence of the winger, who plays for Burnley in England's Premier League, would not upset the balance of his team.

"They did this for the country, for the team. It will not change the plans that we have decided before this game", he said. Now, representing a nation of just over 300,000 people, the World Cup darlings set their sights on the unthinkable - a spot in the Round of 16.

Iceland will expect to be without the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury in the opening fixture against Argentina and his chances of making a full recovery ahead of Friday's fixture are slim.

Iceland must now turn their sights on Croatia who ended the island's 2014 World Cup dream in a playoff, and the relationship between the sides on the field has often been tempestuous.

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