Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Uzoho Makes History In Super Eagles Win Versus Iceland

Uzoho Makes History In Super Eagles Win Versus Iceland

After a goalless first half, Ahmed Musa scored a fine goal on a breakaway from an Iceland set piece, half-volleying home after controlling Victor Moses's cross in the 49th minute.

Emmanuel Babayaro has praised Nigeria following their 2-0 victory over Iceland in Friday's World Cup tie.

Musa then rattled the crossbar with a long-range strike but moments later, the out-of-favour Leicester City man netted a sublime second as he outpaced Karl Arnason and rounded Halldorsson before firing into an empty net.

Iceland can qualify if it beats Croatia in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday in a match that takes place at the same time as the game between Nigeria and Argentina.

With his double, Musa is now the highest-scoring Nigerian at the World Cup finals with four goals.

The defeat for Iceland, appearing in their first World Cup tournament, does not kill off their dreams just yet, while struggling Argentina could also pull off a miraculous escape and make it to the knockout rounds.

The win for Nigeria means the team can move on if it beats Argentina, but it could also draw and advance as long as Iceland doesn't beat Croatia.

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The Croatians ended Iceland's 2014 World Cup dream by beating them in a two-legged playoff, and the relationship between the sides on the field has often been tempestuous.

Chukwu said that the Super Eagles showed "who we are and what we are really made of as Nigerians - a hard fighting people".

Iceland had the opportunity to bounce back, with a penalty awarded following video review, but Gylfi Sigurdsson ballooned his 83rd-minute spot kick over the bar.

The first was a counter-attack where Musa kept his cool admirably, while the second was a sparkling solo effort from the left side of midfield that secured the three points for Nigeria.

Weather forecasters are predicting heat of 32 degrees Celsius at kick-off on Friday, 10 degrees hotter than when Iceland pulled off its draw with Argentina.

Musa's pace was a constant problem for the Iceland defence, and he says it was part of the pre-match conversation.

"So I think next game anything can happen - possibly I'm going to score another two goals", he laughed. No incursion into the final third at either ends for the last few minutes.

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