Iceland must turn defense into attack to keep World Cup dream alive

Croatia coach Dalic ignoring Argentina's complaints

Croatia coach Dalic ignoring Argentina's complaints

Lionel Messi's team were pushed to the brink of an early exit after a stunning 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday, but victory in their final Group D game against Nigeria could now send them through to the last 16.

Halldorsson had to quickly be alert to prevent the Super Eagles from doubling their lead, tipping over midfielder Wilfred Ndidi's dipping 35-yard thunderbolt.

Having scored one of the goals of the tournament, Musa then hit the bar before scoring his second after Iceland's defence had gone walkabout.

The Super Eagles, meanwhile, know that a draw against Argentina will probably be sufficient, unless Iceland beat Croatia and better Nigeria's goal difference. Always a menacing figure down the flanks, Moses completed four dribbles, made three clearances, three blocks and completed 57 passes on a game that was completely dominated by the West-African giants.

- All six of Nigeria's World Cup wins have come against European opposition, and they have kept a clean sheet in five of those victories.

Iheanacho fired wide for Nigeria in the closing stages and Finnbogason's angled drive was saved by Uzoho at the other end, but time ran out for Iceland.

Nigeria tried going toe to toe with Croatia in their opening game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, but ended up being overmatched.

Fantastic, fantastic, it was a good match, we are very grateful to have won it, it is very good for Nigeria, we are all happy!

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Iceland face Croatia on Tuesday while Argentina play Nigeria at the same time.

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

However, the impact of German coach Gernot Rohr should not be under-estimated.

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

Against Iceland, manager Rohr restored order by playing Mikel in that typical deeper role we have become accustomed to seeing over the years, and he looked much more at home for it, as he controlled the midfield and provided assured stability in front of the rearguard. A win for Nigeria would be enough to advance, and a draw could also be enough depending on the result of the Croatia-Iceland game.

Iceland were pressuring Nigeria towards the 65th minute as they went in search for an equaliser, but they lacked quality in the final third.

Arguably the most active Nigerian attacker on the field, Victor Moses was a quintessential figure for his side in the attacking department. If Nigeria beats Argentina, the Super Eagles advance - and knock Argentina, finalists at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, out of the tournament.

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