Ahmed Musa’s double downs Iceland as Nigeria come alive

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As the debate has raged over what Lionel Messi's poor performances in Russian Federation mean for his status as arguably the greatest ever to play the game, some suggested two-goal hero Musa - who now has four World Cup goals to his name in total after bagging two in Brazil four years ago - was a new candidate for the GOAT honors.

They will now face Argentina on Tuesday, hoping to book a place in the knockout rounds.

He hit the bar shortly before making it 2-0 in the 75th minute when he used his pace to beat Iceland defender Kari Arnason and rounded goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson before slamming the ball into the net.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Nigeria kicked off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on a losing note following their 2-0 defeat to Croatia on Saturday, June 16. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Nigeria, with captain John Obi Mikel sitting deeper in midfield than against Croatia, slowly worked their way into the game with Victor Moses a constant threat on the right flank.

British newspaper Daily Telegraph, in an appraisal of all the teams, rated Nigeria has only better than Saudi Arabia which lost the opening game of the competition 5-0 to host country Russian Federation and debutants Panama who lost 3-0 to Belgium. "It will not change the plans that we have decided before this game", he said.

Others said that Musa had actually served Messi's World Cup cause more than his Argentinian teammates.

But they missed the pace of winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who was injured in the Argentina game.

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