Monday, 10 December, 2018

Ahmed Musa’s double downs Iceland as Nigeria come alive

Practice in Kabardinka yesterday. Coach Heimir Hallgrímsson and Jón Daði Böðvarsson Practice in Kabardinka yesterday. Coach Heimir Hallgrímsson and Jón Daði Böðvarsson
Frederick Owens | 22 June, 2018, 22:43

Ahmed Musa scored two goals in the match against Iceland leading Super Eagles to victory.

The statement was made available on Mikel's verified Twitter handle, quoting the captain as saying; "I am the captain of this team, if I have to sacrifice for this team to progress, I will".

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".

A draw would be enough to eliminate the Argentines but would leave Nigeria's fate hinging on the outcome of Iceland's game against Croatia.

Coming on the back of their impressive draw against Argentina in their opening match, Iceland underlined their intentions for the match early on, Alfred Finnbogason testing Francis Uzoho with a long-range free kick only two minutes into the game. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16.

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But Nigeria's second-half display in Volgograd was arguably as good as any in the World Cup and came after a fairly dour first half in which the Super Eagles did not register a shot on target.

Croatia top Group D with six points following their win over Argentina on Friday evening, while Nigeria sit in second with their win over Iceland. Kelechi Iheanacho fed Victor Moses, who sprinted forward before lobbing the ball to Musa.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he is not under pressure ahead of the match.

Recall that Okocha had blamed the 2-0 loss to Croatia in the first match to lack of having a creative midfielder, urging Rohr to play Iwobi in the midfield.

To get there, Iceland must get a result against the youngest team in the field, Nigeria, whose youth offers a great ceiling on the attack but an equally likely penchant for defensive lapses, not a recipe for success versus the solid defense and strategic counterattack of the tourney's second-most-veteran side.

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