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 Ahmed Musa scored a brilliant second-half double to fire Nigeria to a 2-0 victory over Iceland and throw the second qualification spot in Group D wide open with one game remaining.

The Leicester City forward banished memories of a dreadful first half to put the Nigerians ahead four minutes after the interval when he expertly controlled a rapid Victor Moses break and rifled into the top corner past Hannes Halldorsson.

The Iceland goalkeeper was left flat on his backside for Musa’s excellent second 15 minutes later, when the Nigerian jinked around one defender, dummied past Halldorsson and then drove out of reach of two Iceland players standing on the line.

Iceland had a prime opportunity to pull a goal back with 10 minutes remaining when VAR correctly overturned the referee’s initial decision and ruled William Troost-Ekong had fouled Bjorn Sigurdarson inside the box. Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson confidently stepped up to take the penalty, but blazed his effort over the crossbar.

The victory moves Nigeria up to second in the Group D table on three points behind Croatia (six points), with Iceland and Argentina on one point apiece.

 

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