The Super Eagles had their work cut out for them and boy, did they deliver! Two fantastic goals against the so-called ‘giant killers’ of Iceland and Nigeria went from bottom of Group D to second. When it mattered most, the players gave it their all, pressed high, chased every ball and closed down the Vikings. Scoring a goal was an eventuality, not an accident.
Whereas Victor Moses was frustrating in the first match; against Iceland, he was rampaging on the right wing. It was he who provided the assist for the first goal- a peach of a cross that Ahmed Musa pulled down beautifully and fired off a volley into the net.
Musa showed why including him in the starting line-up was the right decision by Coach Gernot Rohr. Like they say, he was a problem. His other attempt was a long-range shot that hit the bar. Less than sixty seconds later, he dribbled past Iceland goalkeeper and a defender before slotting the ball in for the second goal.
The entire country went berserk with joy. One thought it couldn’t get crazier until Iceland were awarded a penalty. Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho- who had been efficient all through the game, smouldering every Iceland attack- now faced the biggest challenge of his young career. Sigurdsson stepped up to the spot and blazed it over the bar. What a delight!
With his two goals, Musa now has more goals than Messi who has yet to score at Russia 2018. Fans know for sure, who the real GOAT.
Ironically, this win gives Argentina and their embattled captain a lifeline- and Nigeria play them next. To get to the next round, the Super Eagles need to at least draw Argentina and hope Iceland lose to Croatia. Or we could win Argentina and not worry about what happens between Iceland and Croatia. Messi would be desperate to get his goals against Nigeria. Guess who’s not worried about him? Ahmed Musa.
“When Messi was playing in Brazil, I scored two goals. When I transferred to Leicester, I played against Barcelona, and I scored another two goals. Next game, anything can happen. Possibly, I’m going to score another two goals,” he said in the post-match press conference. He’s now Nigeria’s top scorer in the World Cup and another brace against Argentina will most certainly make him Nigeria’s president in 2019…
Other results from yesterday: Brazil and Switzerland both won Costa Rica and Serbia 2-0 and 2-1 respectively. Today, Belgium take on Tunisia, South Korea play Mexico while Germany face Sweden.