When Nigeria's Ahmed Musa took out the Icelandic defence to score a brilliant solo goal in the 75th minute, there were a small group of Argentinian fans at the Volgograd Arena, with their faces painted in Nigerian colors, breathing a deep sigh.
Argentina needed Nigeria to win against Iceland to stay in the competition as it will give it another shot at entering the next round when it faces the Super Eagles on June 26.
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When Musa scored his first goal in the 49th minute, he became the first Nigerian to score in two World Cup finals tournament. Coincidentally, his first two strikes in the World Cup came against Argentina in 2014, his opponent in the do-or-die match next Tuesday.
Musa, who is now a hero for Argentinian fans for the time being, might prove to be their undoing as he almost did four years ago. He cancelled out Lionel Messi's third minute strike with a goal which was similar to his second goal against Iceland. He stood toe-to-toe with Messi again as he equalised in the 47th minute to cancel the Argentine captain's second goal.
But luck was not with current Leicester City forward's side as Marcos Rojo scored the winner to deny Nigeria a famous victory. But with Croatia already qualifying for the knock-out phase, Musa has another chance to draw even against Argentina.