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Nigeria vs Iceland: Live updates


Nigeria’s players: (From back left) goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Leon Balogun, defender William Troost-Ekong, midfielder Onyinye Ndidi, midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Kelechi Iheanacho, forward Ahmed Musa, defender Brian Idowu, forward Victor Moses and midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo pose before the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON

The Super Eagles are second in Group D with three points behind Croatia with six points. Gernot Rohr’s men have one final hurdle against Argentina to confirm their qualification into the second round. Ahmed Musa clearly the man of the match with his brace. Rohr’s reshuffle of the side did pay off as the side got the victory.

Full time: Nigeria 2-0 Iceland. Ahmed Musa brace ensured the Super Eagles get their first victory at Russia 2018 World Cup

90+6 min: Another chance for the Super Eagles as Iwobi’s left footed shot is blocked.

90+5  min: Mikel seems to have hurt his hand and his treated outside the pitch. The Super Eagles captain returns to the pitch and still clutches onto his wrist.

90+3 min: The Super Eagles still attacking as the clock runs down. Iwobi in a promising move takes a too heavy touch for Iceland to win the ball back.

89 min: Substitution. Alex Iwobi to get into the action as he replaces Oghenekaro Etebo. Six minutes of extra time will be added on.

Nigeria substitution: Odion Ighalo replaces Kelechi Iheanacho

82 min: MISS! Sigurdsson misses from the spot. The Everton midfielder skies the penalty with Uzoho diving the wrong way

80 min: Penalty incident as Ebuehi brings down Finnbogasson. The referee is alerted by VAR before he performs an onfield review of the incident on his screen. PENALTY to Iceland

Seconds after hitting the crossbar, Musa scores his second goal of the game. The Leicester City forward raced past Arnason into the box,brilliantly rounded Halldorsson before he took his time to place the shot past two defenders on the goal line.


74 min: WOODWORK! Musa curls a strike from outside the area onto the crossbar

72 min: CHANCE!!! Leon Balogun rises highest to plant a header onto Iheanacho’s corner but the header flashes across Halldorson’s goal.

With that goal, Ahmed Musa is now Nigeria’s highest goalscorer at the World Cup

67 min: Gislason drives in from the left half space to shoot but his shot his too high.

65 min: Moses fires a fierce strike from the inside left channel, the ball flashes just over the cross bar.

62 min: Ndidi concedes a free kick after racing back to tackle Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson crosses into the area but Uzoho gathers the ball from the air.

57 min: Ndidi lets fly from way out, the ball troubles Halldorson who parried over the bar for a corner kick.

Hand ball claims by Iceland after the ball appeared to touch Ebuehi’s hand in the box but a penalty is not awarded.

Nigeria’s forward Ahmed Musa (L) vies with Iceland’s midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

47 min: Counter attacking brilliance. The move started from deep, Moses received the ball in space, moving the ball with pace before he whipped a cross into the box for Musa. Musa brought the ball under his control with a high foot before he hit a half-volley past Halldorson. The stands are rocking!

47 min: Goooooallllll!!!! Ahmed Musa scores

46 min: Etebo with a shot but not with enough pace to beat Halldorsson. Nigeria quick off the blocks in the second half. Tyronne Ebuehi replaced Brian Idowu in a half time substitution by Nigeria

Half time: Nigeria 0-0 Iceland. The Super Eagles huddle together for a prayer before they head for the dressing room.

45 min: Another set piece, another chance. Bodvarsson heads across the face of goal from Sigurdsson’s delivery from a corner kick.

44 min: Iceland go close again from a set piece. Sigurdsson’s delicious delivery misses every one but Finnbogason was inches away from connecting to the cross.

41 min: Musa pressures Heimir Hallgrimsson for a loose ball but the referee whistles for a free kick against Ahmed Musa. Still even at Volvograd. The attacking duo of the Super Eagles have not worked in tandem with the midfield hitting crosses into the attack. Iceland on the other hand have been threatening from set pieces.

35 min: Balogun with an all important touch to keep Bjarnason and Bodvarsson at the back post from getting onto Saevarsson’s cross. The following corner doesn’t trouble the Nigerian defence.

33 min: Appeals for a penalty as Saevarson goes down under the challenge of Etebo. The referee gives it no attention. Anyway, the tackle was made just outside the box.

30 min: Iheanacho is fouled R. Sigurdsson in the middle third. Mikel takes the free kick trying to feed Etebo in the box but their is too much weight on the set-piece as it goes out for a goal kick.

25 min: Nigeria 0-0 Iceland

20 min: Uzoho gets a hand on a dangerous corner but the ball falls for Bjarnason who fires into the midriff of Victor Moses. Uzoho is getting really busy with these corner kicks using his height to his advantage.

Nigeria enjoying the larger share of the possession with 59% to Iceland’s 41%

17 min: Ndidi’s long throw is disappointing but the ball gets back to him his cross into the box is well defended by Iceland. Super Eagles asserting themselves in this fixture looking very positive with the ball

13 min: The famous Viking clap ringing round the stadium. Gunnarsson’s long throw into the box was cut out by Super Eagles defenders.

10 min: The Super Eagles trie to build up play with Ndidi’s diagonal to the left side of attack but the pass was too high for Brian Idowu.

5 min: CHANCE! Iceland work the ball forward through the Super Eagles midfield for Sigurdsson to shoot. The Everton midfielder shoots from outside the area but Uzoho easily gathers the shot.

2 min: Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick is parried by Francis Uzoho over the post for a corner kick. The ensuing corner kick is well saved by Uzoho.

Kick-off: The Super Eagles gets the game underway

The teams are out from the tunnel for the game. Electric atmosphere at Volgograd Stadium and the national anthems are sung.



Gernot Rohr has rung the changes both in personnel and tactics opting for a 3-5-2 while surprisingly, Alex Iwobi will be starting from the bench while Abdullahi Shehu will also not start. Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho will pair his club mate Ahmed Musa up front for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria play against Iceland at Volgograd Stadium in a make-or-mar tie. The Super Eagles will have their qualification fate in their hands if they come off with a win against at Volgograd. A loss will signal the end of the road for the Gernot Rohr’s men.

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