Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa single-handedly secured all three points for the Super Eagles against Iceland to ensure they have something to fight for heading into their match against Argentina next week.
The forward, who’s been on loan with CSKA Moscow, scored a stunning opening goal before notching what could be the best solo effort at the entire World Cup this summer. Iceland talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson also wasted the chance to spark a comeback with a woeful penalty late in the match.
Here’s how the players fared at the Volgograd Arena.
1. Nigeria: Goalkeeper & Defenders
Francis Uzoho 7/10 – A confident performance from the 19-year-old goalkeeper.
Leon Balogun 8/10 – The leader in Nigeria’s defence, Brighton certainly have a good player on their hands.
William Troost-Ekong 6/10 – Solid at the back but overshadowed by Balogun.
Kenneth Omeruo 6/10 – Didn’t really put a foot wrong but not as good with his positional play compared to Nigeria’s other defenders.
2. Nigeria: Midfielders
Victor Moses 7/10 – Dangerous going forward, solid at the back, their marquee player.
Wilfred Ndidi 6/10 – Provided a great base for Nigeria’s creative players to work their magic.
John Obi Mikel 5/10 – Forced to play in behind the two strikers and looked completely lost in that position.
Oghenekaro Etebo 7/10 – Stoke City fans should be very excited, this kid’s got talent.
Brian Idowu 5/10 – Looks to be a little out of his depth at a World Cup.
3. Nigeria: Forwards
Ahmed Musa 8/10 – Full of running throughout the game, a thorn in the side of Iceland, and took both his goals brilliantly in the second half.
Kelechi Iheanacho 6/10 – A quiet afternoon for the youngster, who was overshadowed by his strike partner and Leicester City teammate.
4. Nigeria: Substitutes
Tyronne Ebuehi 6/10 – Fairly solid on his competitive debut for the Super Eagles.
Odion Ighalo 6/10 – Barley had enough time make an impact but the former Watford striker was very bright off the bench, taking the game to Iceland.
Alex Iwobi N/A
5. Iceland: Goalkeeper & Defenders
Hannes Halldórsson 6/10 – Had very little to do and could do nothing with Musa’s goals.
Birkir Már Sævarsson 6/10 – Got forward and back well, but needed to offer Iceland’s midfield more options on the overlap.
Kári Árnason 6/10 – Impressive enough.
Ragnar Sigurðsson 6/10 – Had his evening cut short after getting a knock to the head but solid when the 32-year-old was at full fitness.
Hörður Björgvin Magnússon 5/10 – Offered to many chances for Nigeria down his side of the pitch.
6. Iceland: Midfielders
Rúrik Gíslason 6/10 – A hit on social media but made very little impact against Nigeria.
Aron Gunnarsson 6/10 – Iceland’s hardman lived up to his reputation.
Gylfi Sigurðsson 7/10 – Everything good going forward came through the Everton midfielder. Maybe take him off penalty duties next season though.
Birkir Bjarnason 7/10 – Similar to Sigurðsson, was a danger going forward.
7. Iceland: Forwards
Jón Daði Böðvarsson 6/10 – Hardworking but there’s a reason he plays for Reading. Was hooked after 70 minutes too.
Alfreð Finnbogason 6/10 – Missed a sitter right at the end of the first half and looked sluggish on the ball.
8. Iceland: Substitutes
Sverrir Ingi Ingason 6/10 – Stepped off the bench to replace Ragnar Sigurðsson but Iceland looked weaker after his introduction.
Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson 6/10 – Barely noticed he was on the pitch, disappointing showing from the striker.
Ari Freyr Skúlason N/A
Source : 90MIN