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

Lynette Rowe
June 22, 2018

An Iceland win would have spelled near-doom for two-time World Cup winners Argentina and Lionel Messi, but Musa's heroics have blown things wide open for the group finale on Tuesday.

Mr. Adesina further quoted the President as saying, "I am confident that if our players believe in themselves, they can qualify out of their hard group and even go very far in the tournament", adding that "with determination, nothing is impossible".

Nigeria play Iceland on Friday.

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The win vindicated the decision of Rohr to overhaul his attack after a limp 2-0 defeat to Croatia in Nigeria's opener, bringing in Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho at the expense of strikers Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

Iceland got a lifeline in the 82nd minute with a VAR-awarded penalty but dead-ball specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson blazed over the bar.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria started the campaign against Iceland slowly, becoming the first team in the 2018 World Cup not to have a shot in the first 45 minutes of action. Victor Moses lofted a pass towards Ahmed Musa in the 49th minute, and he controlled the ball and smashed in the half volley.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he is not under pressure ahead of the match. This means that they they have just one point from two matches and have one more match to play. He moved to English Premier League team Leicester City two years ago after a prolific spell in the Russian capital, but failed to settle and spent much of last season on loan back at CSKA.

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