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Nigeria will peak at 2022 World Cup, says boss Gernot Rohr

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Cassandra Castillo | 23 June, 2018, 06:32

Ahmed Musa struck twice to become the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups Friday as the Super Eagles secured a crucial 2-0 win over Iceland, who missed a penalty.

Below, The Sportsman examines four talking points from the thrilling game at the Volgograd Arena. Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring Nigeria's opener during the game.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has brought in speedy Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho to play up front instead of Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

However, Iceland failed to build on their start and with Nigeria content to keep hold of the ball without showing much intent to force the issue in the final third, the remainder of the first half featured very little goalmouth action. The six-time Iceland player of the year played a key role in the draw with Argentina and will be a threat from set-pieces from his side. The entire team seemed to grow in confidence as time went on, and Rohr will be delighted with how his charges performed after the interval.

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

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The technical crew has released the Super Eagles line-up against Iceland in their must win encounter this evening.

In the first half, Nigeria were sluggish and Moses really struggled to stamp his authority on the match, though Nigeria heavily neglected using the width of the pitch, which in turn nullified Moses influence on the pitch.

Iceland got an excellent performance from keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson who made several impressive saves, including saving a Lionel Messi penalty.

GW: I do think it's gonna be a insane set of simultaneous games in Group D, just because you have Nigeria-Argentina and, right now, I think Nigeria should be favored heading into that game just from the way they played today and how poor the Argentines have been.

This result will have gone down well in the Argentina camp, with Jorge Sampaoli's side still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds. The formation change allowed Nigeria to pack the middle of the pitch, forcing Iceland to go wide and negating the influence of Sigurdsson. We talk about how good Nigeria looked Friday, Musa's goals and what Nigeria's win means for Argentina. This is how this group is going to be played, he said.

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