Musa's double downs Iceland as Nigeria come alive

Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson

Lionel Messi's team were pushed to the brink of an early exit after a stunning 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday, but victory in their final Group D game against Nigeria could now send them through to the last 16.

Rohr also used the break to substitute defender Bryan Idowu for the more attack-minded Tyronne Ebuehi, a change that nearly immediately gave the team more thrust up front. Musa began the Croatia loss among the substitutes, but he is now certain to start next week's crunch clash with Argentina.

The win for Nigeria means the team can move on if it beats Argentina, but it could also draw and advance as long as Iceland doesn't beat Croatia.

Below, The Sportsman examines four talking points from the thrilling game at the Volgograd Arena.

"I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn".

Despite defeat, Iceland still has a chance, albeit slim, of progressing but beating a Croatian team which has already confidently beaten Argentina and Nigeria will be an onerous task.

The teams met in the qualifying campaign for Russian Federation, with each winning at home as Iceland topped the group, but Croatia's 3-0 hammering of Argentina marked them out as one of the teams to watch in Russian Federation. Ironically, they were widely expected to win against Nigeria but looked some way short of their best. That's their only hope at this point, because their first go at being frontrunners in a big game was disastrous.

Nigeria must avoid defeat Argentina in their last group match on Tuesday to qualify from the group.

"I am confident that if our players believe in themselves, they can qualify out of their hard group and even go very far in the tournament", because "with determination, nothing is impossible".

Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr: "What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit".

That goal ensured he became his country's all-time top scorer in World Cup games with four.

Nigeria's next opponent is Argentina and Musa has played well against them before.

Iceland were gifted a chance to score in the closing stages after Tyronne Ebuehi's 80th-minute foul on Alfred Finnbogason.

"That's a unusual fact that we still are in the race, and that's fun", he said.

They tried sticking to their usual gameplan, ceding possession - they only had 39 per cent of the ball on Friday - but Nigeria's set-up flummoxed them.

All six of Nigeria's wins at the World Cup have come against European opposition, and they have kept a clean sheet in five of those six victories.

Victor Moses has been directly involved in 36% of Nigeria's 14 shots at this World Cup so far (3 shots, 2 chances created), more than any other player for the Super Eagles.

And the Leicester City striker is also the first Nigerian to score at two different World Cup tournaments as he netted twice against Argentina in the group stage in 2014.

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