Nigeria vs Iceland latest score and goal updates from Russian Federation

Kristopher Nichols
June 27, 2018

Having drawn 1-1 with Argentina in their opener, Iceland got a rude awakening from their World Cup fairytale as Ahmed Musa scored twice for Nigeria and Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty in the African team's 2-0 win.

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

"We know the scenario when we play Croatia - it's going to be really tough games", Hallgrimsson said.

He used three central defenders flanked by wing backs, including Moses who usually plays in attack for Nigeria, and persuaded John Obi Mikel to play deeper in midfield. The Super Eagles' 3-5-2 dulled Iceland's attacking threat and allowed them to counter at pace, and Iceland had no answer. The Super Eagles were short of ideas in attack and looked vulnerable to set-pieces and crosses into the box at the other end, and many expected Iceland to emerge victorious in both teams' second games in Russian Federation.

What time does the FIFA World Cup 2018 Iceland v/s Nigeria football match begin? He picked up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.

German coach Gernot Rohr turned to Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho up front for Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi, while Kenneth Omeruo replaced Abdullahi Shehu on the right of a three-man defence.

They started slowly, becoming the first team in Russian Federation not to have a shot in the first 45 minutes.

Musa was on the bench for Nigeria's limp defeat to Croatia in their opening game in Russian Federation, and the announcement of the Leicester City striker's name in the starting team on Friday drew thunderous cheers from Super Eagles fans before the game.

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Nigeria lost their firstmatch 2-0 to Croatia and Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson expects the Super Eagles to come out firing.

Fast forward four years, and Nigeria have again triumphed over a European team.

"They did this for the country, for the team".

Iceland's best weapons were set play.

Nigeria were extremely disappointing in their opening match, a 2-0 defeat by Croatia.

He brilliantly fired the Super Eagles into a 49th-minute lead and the hit the crossbar before adding a second with another excellent goal in the 75th minute. He's also the only Nigerian player to score in two World Cups. If Nigeria wins, they will advance to the round of 16.

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.

However, that never transpired, and Iceland withered, as Nigeria profited from the midfielder's less advanced role in the side.

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