Argentina's World Cup future depends on Iceland failing to beat Nigeria

Nigeria's Francis Uzoho during the match against Russia at Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia

Nigeria's Francis Uzoho during the match against Russia at Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia

A brace from Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria the lifeline to qualify for Round of 16 of the ongoing Russian Federation 2018 FiFA World Cup.

Iceland are now the masters of their own fate after claiming a draw with Argentina in their opener and will take a massive step forward to the knockout stages if they beat Nigeria.

"I was a bit nervous going into this match, but I must commend coach Gernot Rohr for accepting criticisms and changing tactics for this game", the former Bolton Wanderers icon told Supersport.

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Two stunning second-half goals from Ahmed Musa sunk Iceland, who faded badly after half-time and missed an 82nd minute penalty, which could have given them a lifeline, when Gylfi Sigurddsson blazed over the bar. Not because the two teams that played tonight are part of their group, but more so as the Nigerian win breathed life into Argentina struggling stay for survival under Russian condition after their back-to-back debacle in the tournament.

The Croats continued their winning streak yesterday when they beat Lionel Messi led Argentina team 3-0 to dominate the group. If they win and Nigeria loses to Argentina, Iceland advances.

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A win on the final day for both Iceland and Argentina would put both sides on 4 points (Croatia would still top the group on 6 points and Nigeria would finish bottom on 3 points).

Nigeria's players huddle together prior to their 2018 World Cup Group D match against Croatia on June 16, 2018.

Iceland went through ahead of Croatia in UEFA qualifying to reach Russian Federation while the Eastern Europeans needed a playoff to secure their place.

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