VOLGOGRAD (RUSSIA): Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa’s brace has secured a stupendous 2-0 win for his country’s team in a World Cup group stage match against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.
The win helps Nigeria to take the second place in Group D, with three points. Nigeria looked listless in its opening loss to Croatia and started gradually in this game as well. After a dry first half, Ahmed Musa won the points for Nigeria making the second half interesting.
According to TASS, Musa scored his opening goal on the 49th minute that was followed by another one on the 75th minute. At the end of the second half, the referee awarded a penalty shot to Nigeria’s net and did not change his decision even after the use of the VAR (Visual Assistant Referee) system. Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsoon fired his penalty over the crossbar.
Luck deserted Iceland as they missed a late penalty which was awarded to them after a video assistant referee review. Gylfi Sigurdsson was asked to take the penalty goal, but he put his spot-kick over the bar in the 83rd minute, dousing Iceland's hopes.
The Icelandic team had finished its debut match vs Argentina in a 1-1 draw. With one point to their credit, Iceland are third in the group, ahead of Argentina, also having one point. The group’s leader is Croatia that have earned six points.
The result did Argentina a big favour in the process as it gave a slight lift to the beleaguered group rivals. Nigeria will play its next group stage game against Argentina in St. Petersburg on June 26. Iceland will face Croatia in Rostov-on-Don on the same day, the TASS report said.
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