Watch: Nigerian fans euphoric after stunning victory over Iceland

first_imgNigeria fans celebrated wildly after their team’s victory over Iceland on Friday in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Volgograd.The African nation beat Iceland 2-0 after Ahmed Musa scored a brace to give them three important points and help them go second in their group.Videos circulating on social media showed people jumping out of their cars and celebrating on the streets while some were seen banging and lifting tables back in Nigeria as the African nation registered their first victory in this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBut, one man stole the show from home. A twitter user named Rich Boi Hennessy can be seen doing a jig as his team scored.Issa goal, Issa goal Issa goal is a gooooaaaaalll #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/1g7QWgb7DcRich Boi Hennessy (@Camosocks) June 22, 2018….meanwhile in Naija….. pic.twitter.com/1Ph8eUZv5eMichelle Lacriarde (@MLacriarde) June 22, 2018Final Whistle….. Naija wins pic.twitter.com/U8ZFw2pFpFEfuntoye Olayemi (@yemotoye) June 22, 2018Street of Naija as NIGERIA scored the second goal!!AbujaTurn up weekend pic.twitter.com/nBe8HAuPl6A Y O M I D E (@Ol_Timi) June 22, 2018Luth medical hostel don scatter !!!!issa goal pic.twitter.com/NH3kxL5frhThelmz (@okonjithelma) June 22, 2018Nigeria, who lost their first match to Croatia in their opening Group D fixture, had to win the match to stay alive in the tournament. And, they did that with ease against a resolute Iceland defence at the Volgograd Arena.Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians move into second place in Group D behind Croatia, who have already qualified for the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementNigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.World Cup 2018: Nigeria’s Ekong wins Iceland’s respect after sweet gestureMusa, 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.On Friday, 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 its 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 and play for CSKA Moscow. Iceland fans cheered their players on but the 11 on field failed to replicate their performance against Argentina (Reuters Photo)Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete in the World Cup, was not as effective as it had been against Argentina when it earned a surprise 1-1 draw.Still, the European champion quarterfinalists had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.last_img

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