Ahmed Musa controlled Victor Moses perfect lob and hit it into the Iceland net in the 49th minutes, just 5 minutes into the second half. It was a goal! Nigerians all over the world rose up in jubilation. First half was tight and the Icelander proved to be tough and determined. But Nigeria came back, mind made up, to win this one. It was a win or out of the World Cup.
Nigeria have always come back in the second half in all the friendly matches before the World Cup to dominate the game and play well.
Ahmed Musa’s terrific goal boost the Eagles confidence. From an Iceland long-throw at the far end of the pitch, Nigeria cleared and galloped upfield on the break. Victor Moses sprinted up the inside right, before curling a cross towards the near post. Up in support, Musa controlled the ball with a wonderful first touch and slammed it past Halldorsson on the half volley. Halldorson has nothing to do about that one.
The Icelanders came out and tried to control the midfield, but Mikel, Etebo and Ndidi were just too much for them. As the first goal entered they came out to try level up and the defensive side couldn’t keep up the defense. In the 76th minutes, Musa again took and controlled a long ball from the back without breaking stride and galloped towards goal, beating Kari Arnason in the process. Having drawn Halldorsson from his goal and seen the Icelandic keeper commit himself, he shimmied a couple of steps right and then blasted the ball past two covering defenders from about 10 yards out. He did all that at full speed, it was simply fantastic.
Iceland couldn’t come up and put up a fight as they did in the first half. They were in disarray. Nigeria kept troubling and tormenting them, dominating the game, until the end.