epa06831184 Ragnar Sigurdsson (L) of Iceland and Ahmed Musa of Nigeria in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D preliminary round soccer match between Nigeria and Iceland in Volgograd, Russia, 22 June 2018.

by
Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 22, 2018. 19:12


Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2018 World Cup Group D match between Nigeria and Iceland from the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd.

LINEUPS:

Nigeria: Uzoho, Omeruo, Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Moses, Mikel, Ndidi, Etebo, Musa, Iheanacho.

Iceland: Halldorsson, Magnusson, R.Sigurdsson, Arnason, Saevarsson, Bjarnason, Gunnarsson, G.Sigurdsson, Gislason, Bodvarsson, Finnbogason.

Commentary (press F5 to refresh)

All times CAT

1′ – The game is underway.

5′ – Iceland’s Our Boys have started well with Sigurdsson forcing Nigeria goalkeeper Uzoho into good saves from range.

10′ – The Super Eagles of Nigeria are slowly growing in confidence as they look to take control of the game.

15′ – Nigeria winger Musa whips the ball into the Iceland box and Sigurdsson heads the ball away from danger.

20′ – Iceland playmaker Sigurdsson’s corner-kick is headed away by Nigeria defender Balogun.

25′ – It remains goalless as we approach the half-hour mark. It has been an evenly contested encounter thus far.

30′ – It remains goalless here in Volgograd as we reach the half-hour mark.

35′ – Magnusson whips a dangerous curling cross into the Nigeria box and Balogun heads the ball away.  The two teams are struggling to create clear-cut chances.

40′ – Nigeria’s Ndidi tries to play a through pass for Iheanacho, but Iceland goalkeeper Halldorsson comes out and snatches the ball away.

45′ – CLOSE! Sigurdsson’s free-kick goes inches wide of the target as Nigeria survives a scare.

HALF-TIME: Nigeria 0-0 Iceland.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Nigeria sub: Ebuehi IN, Idowu OUT.

50′ – GOAL! Nigeria 1-0 Iceland. Musa fires home from Moses’ cross to hand the Super Eagles the lead.

55′ – Play is stopped as Iceland defender R.Sigurdsson is down injured.

60′ – Ndidi’s thunderous long-range shot is tipped over the crossbar by Iceland keeper Halldorsson. It is still 1-0 to Nigeria as we reach the hour-mark.

65′ – Iceland sub: Ingason IN, R.Sigurdsson OUT.

70′ – Gislason finds some space outside the Nigeria box and pulls the trigger, but his effort goes wide of the target.

71′ – Iceland sub: B.Sigurdsson IN, Bodvarsson OUT.

75′ – GOAL! Nigeria 2-0 Iceland. Musa rounds the keeper before hitting the back of the net to double the Super Eagles’ lead.

80′ – PENALTY for Iceland. Ebuehi fouled Finnbogason inside the box.

81′ – MISS! G.Sigurdsson steps up and fires over the crossbar from the spot-kick. 

85′ – Nigeria sub: Ighalo IN, Iheanacho OUT.

87′ – Iceland sub: Skulason IN, Gunnarsson OUT.

90′ – Nigeria sub: Iwobi IN, Etebo OUT.

89′ – Uzoho produces a great low save to deny Finnbogason, who was looking to pull one back for Our Boys.

90′ – The fourth official has added six minutes.

95′ – Play is stopped as Nigeria captain Mikel is down injured.

FULL-TIME: Nigeria 2-0 Iceland.

That is all from the Volgograd Stadium where we saw Nigeria secure Africa’s second win in Russia.

 

 


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