Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa scored a spectacular double against Iceland in group D of the World Cup in Volgograd on 22 June 2018
Thanks to a double from Ahmed Musa, Nigeria have managed against Iceland (2-0) the feat of relaunching both Africa and Argentina at the World Cup Friday in Volgograd, promising a final fire day.
Behind Croatia, already qualified after having corrected the band to Lionel Messi the day before (3-0), the games are open in group D, from which will emerge the opponent of France in the round of 16.
Thanks to the two goals of Muscovite (he plays CSKA) Musa (49, 75), the “Super Eagles” return in the race, and look after the image of African teams, after the premature eliminations of Egypt and Morocco.
Nigeria is second with 3 points (goal difference: 0), a win against Argentina in the last match ensures the qualification in the 8th, as in 1994, 1998 and 2014, where he was eliminated by … France (2-0), which he could re-cross.
“What I like about my young team is their humility, their solidarity and their fighting spirit, I thought before the World Cup that we were here to learn,” said coach Gernot Rohr.
“I think this team will be ready for 2022 and this World Cup comes a bit early, but we have a good chance of winning against Argentina,” he said.
A draw should be enough for the African giant, because Iceland (1 pt, diff: -2) should then beat Croatia by three goals difference.
“I think scoring against Argentina is not that hard for me,” said the hero of the day, Musa. “We know the importance of the match – it’s life to death.”
– Sigurdsson misses a VAR penalty –
The Albiceleste (1 pt, diff: -3) can for its part still escape by beating Nigeria, provided that Iceland does not beat in turn Croatia. The “Strakarnir okkar” (“Our boys”) must also win and hope that Nigeria does not.
Iceland, however, had better started this match, where the first period was frozen after two shots shot, signed Gylfi Sigurdsson and easily stopped by Francis Uzoho (3, 6).
Unfortunately for him, the star of the volcanic island will completely miss a penalty that could have revived his team (83), whistled after consulting the video for a foul Tyronne Ebuehi on Sigurdsson.
It was too late, the Nigerians had reversed the match, they who had not shot once in the first 45 minutes!
After the break, Ahmed Musa concluded a counter-flash, led by Iheanacho and Victor Moses, half-volley after a superb control in extension.
CSKA Moscow striker accidentally rammed Ragnar Sigurdsson’s knee, which he had just mystified. The central defender, cut to the scalp, went back to the front with a very Viking red bandage, but had to drop the flag a few minutes later, replaced by Sverrir Ingasson (65).
On the second goal, Musa did it all alone: on a long pass from Kenneth Omeruo, he erased Kari Arnason with a blow of kidney, then the goalkeeper.
He has revived the “Super Eagles”, but Argentina can cling to a statistic: she beat Nigeria three times in three World Cup matches (1994, 2006 and 2014). In Brazil, she won 3-2 in hens, with double Messi … and Musa.