After a scary first half, the Super Eagle of Nigeria produced a master act to defeat Iceland 2-0 and shoot themselves into contention for a ticket to the second round of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ahmed Musa netted in the 49th minute and returned to round the Icelandic defense for a second goal in the 75th minute.
Musa would have made it a hat trick at about the 85th minute but his strike went to the bar.
Iceland had a chance to pull one back when the VAR crew ordered a penalty in their favour but Gylfi Sigurdsson shot over the bar to the relief of the Nigerian fans.
With the result, Nigeria has elevated its standing to second in the Group with a win and three behind leaders Croatia who have already qualified to the second round with maximum three points following a win over Nigeria in the opener in Kaliningrad and a 3-0 mauling of Argentina in their second game to net six points.
Argentina and Iceland trail with one point each following their opening game draw.
Nigeria moves next to St Petersburg to encounter Argentina in the final match of the group qualifiers. The game is seen as the real decider for who picks the second ticket in group D.
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