The Nigerian Super Eagles have given the African football fans a weekend gift after Ahmed Musa kicked the ball crashing into the Iceland net.
The Super Eagles shot ahead! From a trademark Iceland long throw and Nigeria broke out swiftly.
Victor Moses sprinted down the right wing and crossed towards Ahmed Musa. The Nigerian No7 controlled beautifully, before slamming home to give his side the lead.
Musa becomes the first man to score for the Super Eagles at two different World Cups.
His goal Friday was the first for Nigeria since his second against La Albiceleste, with his country going 272 World Cup minutes of playing time between them.
Musa did not start the first game – He repays the trust of coach Gernot Rohr by scoring the first goal for Nigeria at this World Cup.
Musa’s goal gave the Super Eagles more confidence. They were speeding up their attacking efforts and certainly don’t hesitate to look for the direct way to the goal.
Musa Again shook into the Iceland net in the 75th minute
Iceland’s most dangerous weapon turned against the team in that goal. A long throw-in from Aron Gunnarsson meant that they were vulnerable and had few men at the back when Nigeria won the ball. A perfect counter-attack.
One of the qualities of this Icelandic team is that there is no huge star in the team.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is perhaps the biggest name, but his sprint back to halt Victor Moses from starting a dangerous counter-attack sums up of the attitude of Sigurdsson and the Icelandic team nicely: “If the best player runs the most, why shouldn’t I run my lungs out?”
Nigeria have won five games at the World Cup, and all have come against European sides. They are on the verge of making that six out of six.
The Icelandic team lost the battle in the second half. Their energy levels were lower than those of the Nigerians and they lost too many individual battles everywhere on the pitch. One-on-one situations were indeed the moments where the Nigerian players were at their best.
This will no doubt give the Super Eagles a huge boost ahead of the huge final Group D clash against Argentina on Tuesday. Nigeria have it in their own hands now to advance to the Round of 16.