The final whistle blows in Volgograd and sparks jubilant celebrations among the Nigerian squad and fans. They have (belatedly) arrived at this World Cup with a win over Iceland.
Ahmed Musa scored both of their goals in a second-half performance vastly-improved from a first period in which they didn’t even muster a shot on goal.
Iceland might have set up a fascinating finale but Gylfi Sigurdsson blasted a penalty over the bar and their chance passed them by.
The result certainly makes the situation in Group D very interesting. Nigeria move to second with three points, leaving Iceland and Argentina on one apiece.
It’s a three-way tussle for the second spot behind Croatia now on Tuesday night. Iceland will play Croatia, while Nigeria meet Argentina. It promises to be thrilling.
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: Ahmed Musa fires Super Eagles up to second in Group D and helps Argentina out
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Nigeria moved up to second in Group D and helped Argentina out by beating Iceland 2-0 on Friday.
Leicester striker Ahmed Musa scored both goals as Super Eagles had to avoid defeat in Volgograd to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
The result has set up an exciting end to the group as Nigeria are on three points with Iceland and Argentina both on one.
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Nigeria: Uzoho, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Moses, Etebo (Iwobi 91), Mikel, Ndidi, Idowu (Ebuehi 45), Musa, Iheanacho (Ighalo 85).
Subs not used: Ezenwa, Echiejile, Ighalo, Abdullahi, Simy, Obi, Onazi, Ogu, Awaziem, Akpeyi.
Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson (Ingason 65), Magnusson, Gislason, Gunnarsson (AF Skulason 87), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Bodvarsson (Sigurdarson 71), Finnbogason.
Subs not used: Schram, Fridjonsson, Albert Gudmundsson, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Eyjolfsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Runarsson.
Referee: Matthew Conger (Australia).