Ahmed Musa scored twice on his return to the starting line-up as Nigeria kept their World Cup knockout hopes alive and dealt Iceland’s chances a blow with a 2-0 win in Volgograd.
The Leicester forward, on loan at CSKA Moscow last season, struck a volleyed opener four minutes after the restart and further repaid boss Gernot Rohr’s faith with a fine second 15 minutes from time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson looked set to give Iceland a late lifeline when Alfred Finnbogason earned a VAR-awarded penalty, but the Everton playmaker ballooned his 83rd-minute effort over the bar.
Nigeria: Uzoho (7), Omeruo (7), Troost-Ekong (6), Balogun (7), Moses (7), Etebo (7),Mikel (6), Ndidi (6), Idowu (6), Musa (8), Iheanacho (6)
Subs: Ebuehi (6), Ighalo (n/a) Iwobi (n/a)
Iceland: Halldorsson (6), Saevarsson (6), Arnason (6), R Sigurdsson (7), Magnusson (6), Gislason (7), Gunnarsson (7), G Sigurdsson (6), Bjarnason (7), Bodvarsson (6), Finnbogason (6)
Subs: Ingason (6), Sigurdarson (6), Skulason (n/a)
Man of the match: Ahmed Musa
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