Russian Federation 2018: Nigeria release Super Eagles list against Iceland



World Cup debutant Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when it takes on Nigeria after holding two-time champion Argentina to a draw at the weekend.

Ahmed Musa netted a couple of absolute belters, as Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in Volgograd.

Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson has not recovered from the calf injury he picked up against Argentina and is set to miss Friday's crucial Group D clash with Nigeria.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the thrilling encounter. But Iceland's most technically gifted player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, sailed his shot comfortably over the crossbar, knocking the air out of Iceland's chances and out of the NY fan pub, where Iceland supporters buried their heads in their hands. With a final score of 2-0, the match now leaves Nigeria with a chance to go through to the elimination rounds if they beat Lionel Messi and Argentina in their next match.

In its way stand not only Nigeria, which is desperate for a win after losing its opening game to Croatia, but also the challenge of searing temperatures in the southern Russian city.

Heimir Hallgrímsson's side produced a tactically organised performance to stifle Argentina in their 1-1 opening day draw and will look to build on the positive result.

Nigeria, who had won just one of their last 13 matches at the World Cup, showed far more attacking intent after the break, and Musa's opener was the start of the Super Eagles' best spell.

"We are (ranked) about 50 in the world, Iceland are top 20, I think, Croatia top 12 and Argentina top eight". Against England in their World Cup warm-up friendly, they looked lost for most of the game, and they never really got going against Croatia, either.

That came moments after he hit the crossbar with another shot and less than half an hour after he put Nigeria in front with his first strike.

Earlier, Ahmed Musa has scored in the 49th minute to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead against Iceland at the World Cup. Join me for all of the Live Updates and video highlights from the big game!

Iceland couldn't produce their usual magic in a rare game they were favourites.

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