Nigeria struggled to create clear-cut chances in the first half. After Ahmed Musa’s two goals the young Super Eagles gained a lot of confidence in their attacking efforts though. 



The Icelandic team lost the battle in the second half. Their energy levels were lower than those of the Nigerians and they lost too many individual battles everywhere on the pitch. One-on-one situations were indeed the moments where the Nigerian players were at their best.

Nigeria have won five games at the World Cup, and all have come against European sides. Their victory over Iceland made it six out of six.

The disappointed but optimistic Icelandic coach addressed didn't daunt in hope for his boys. 

Heimir Hallgrimsson
"It’s a strange fact that we are still in the race. We didn’t think we would go through this World Cup without a loss and losses are always difficult to swallow. But we only need to beat Croatia, which is possibly easier to say than do [laughs].

"We’ve played Croatia four times in four years and we’ve often said we’re like a married couple trying to get divorced but we always meet up again. They’ve had two really, really good performances in the World Cup. The last one was a shining example of how good Croatia is but that also gives us confidence because we were ahead of them in our [qualifying] group and have already beaten them once in Iceland."

Super Eagles coach who felt much fulfilled in today's victory accorded the Boys some well deserved accolades in the speech after the match.

Gernot Rohr
"What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit. I thought before this World we were here to learn. I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina."

Ahead of the Super Eagles clash with Argentina on Tuesday, which in all ways determine their pull through the next round, Musa, the Man of the match is affirmatively speaking that he's been there before and scoring against Argentina wouldn't be a problem.

Man of the Match: Ahmed Musa
Been there, done that
"I think scoring against Argentina isn’t that difficult for me. We know the importance of the game: It’s do or die, we have to win."



While tongue was firmly in cheek for Ahmed Musa, he's done it before against Argentina four years ago, so why not again?

The Nigerian No7 becomes the second African player to score two World Cup braces, after Roger Milla in 1990.

Nigeria victory will no doubt give them a huge boost ahead of the huge final Group D clash against Argentina on Tuesday.

Nigeria have it in their own hands now to advance to the Round of 16. That’s all they could have asked for.