Nigeria vs Iceland: Ahmed Musa's brace keeps Super Eagles' hopes alive

Nigeria vs. Iceland: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018

Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

After two disappointing results, Argentina's window to escape the group stage of the World Cup looked to be closing, but Nigeria threw Lionel Messi and company a lifeline with its 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday.

So with that being said, here are the winners and losers from the match.

Musa, on loan from Leicester City to CSKA Moscow, had come into the team up front following Nigeria's languid display in losing 2-0 to Croatia.

"It will again be an away game for us, they will have 20,000 fans here so let's have a little advantage with the temperature", the German coach told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Thursday. We want to improve, we want to learn.

Our second game of the day features Africa reps Nigeria and tournament rookies Iceland.

The victory leaves the Super Eagles in second spot, while Iceland and Argentina sit in third and fourth respectively. Nigeria scored an own goal and conceded a penalty after a defender tackled Mario Mandzukic inside of the box.

Obi Mikel was used as an attacking midfielder throughout Nigeria's qualifying campaign but a lacklustre showing in Kaliningrad on Saturday meant he was asked to drop into a more defensive role against Iceland.

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Musa was lively in the first half, making some risky runs in behind the Iceland wing-backs and looking to stretch the opposition defence.

Their attempts to play through the middle only began working towards the end, at which point they nearly over-elaborated, on occasion trying to score the ideal team goal when they could have opted against a final pass.

However, they really turned on the charm today, despite producing a similarly lethargic first-half display. Key playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson remained in the starting XI, having recovered from injury just in time for the World Cup, while striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson replaced Emil Hallfredsson. Nigeria lost its opening match 2-0 to Croatia.

Iceland had its chances in the first half, dominating play but failing to convert its free kicks and long passes into a goal.

Francis Uzoho is the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in World Cup history, older only than Li Chan-Myong (19y 198d) who famously shut-out Italy in 1966.

The game against Nigeria should bring out a more attacking side from Iceland.

Both teams struggled to find any penetration in the first half, with Iceland only coming alive in the final couple of minutes.

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