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Gylfi misses penalty as Iceland slip to defeat

Second place in Group D wide open, lifeline for Argentina

Nigeria v Iceland: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Just days after an impressive performance holding Argentina to a draw, Iceland came crashing down to earth against a rejuvenated Nigeria in World Cup Group D action.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and his side had started the game the stronger side, and ended it on a high too, missing multiple chances from setpieces. The Everton attacking midfielder’s delivery from freekicks and corners had been especially sublime, but they would later regret missing those chances.

Nigeria on the other hand came alive in the second half, carried by Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa. The forward showed incredible control to bring down a cross with his toe before rifling home for the first goal just four minutes in.

And then with Iceland pushing forward for the equalizer with fifteen minutes to play, Musa rounded half the backline before easily slotting home to put the game to bed, it seemed like.

However, with just minutes to play, Finnbogasson was brought down in the box by Ebuehi and the referee pointed to the spot after a VAR review. Sigurdsson stepped up to the spot to take it, going for the top right corner, but had too much juice in the shot and put it over the bar.

Game over, and heartbreak for Iceland.

Group D is very interestingly poised now, with Croatia having sealed their passage through as group winners on six points, Nigeria in second with three, Iceland third ahead of Argentina on goal difference with both teams on a solitary point.