Musa scores twice to give Nige­ria 2-

Sunday News - - LEAGUE - PAN PY­LAS

AHMED Musa gave Nige­ria their first win at this year’s World Cup and gave Ar­gentina a gift.

Musa scored two sec­ond-half goals to help the Nige­ri­ans beat Ice­land 2-0 yes­ter­day and move into sec­ond place in the group be­hind al­ready-qual­i­fied Croa­tia.

Nige­ria will face Ar­gentina in their fi­nal group match on Wed­nes­day in St Peters­burg.

If Nige­ria win, they will ad­vance to the round of 16. If Ar­gentina claim all three points, they can still ad­vance de­pend­ing on the re­sult of the other match be­tween Croa­tia and Ice­land.

Musa, Nige­ria’s all-time lead­ing World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Ar­gentina be­fore.

His two pre­vi­ous goals came at the 2014 tour­na­ment in Brazil in a group match against the two-time cham­pi­ons.

‘‘It’s pos­si­ble I’m go­ing to score another two goals,’’ the 25-year-old Musa said.

Musa gave Nige­ria the lead in the 49th minute af­ter Vic­tor Moses sprinted deep into the Ice­land half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly con­trolled the ball be­fore slam­ming it past Ice­land goal­keeper Hannes Hall­dors­son on the half-vol­ley.

Nige­ria nearly dou­bled their lead on sev­eral oc­ca­sions but Musa made it hap­pen in the 75th minute. He picked up the ball on the left side of the Ice­land penalty area, mazed his way past Hall­dors­son and picked his spot in the Ice­land goal.

‘‘I think the con­trol made it more per­fect for me,’’ said Musa, who hinted he wants to leave Premier League club Le­ices­ter

Ahmed Musa

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