World Cup 2018: Nigeria’s Ekong wins Iceland’s respect after sweet gesture

first_imgNigeria’s William Troost-Ekong consoled Gylfi Sigurdsson after he missed a penalty on the 83rd minute of the match between Iceland and Nigeria at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.Finnbogason was brought down inside the box by Ebuehi in the 81st minute of the match and the referre refused to award a penalty to the World Cup first timers. However, after requests, the referee asked for a review. He rushed to check the replays and after seeing them, he awarded Iceland a penalty.Sigurdsson, a seasoned campaigner was up against Nigeria’s young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. With Iceland down by two goals, it was the perfect opportunity for the tiny nation to score and then make a late charge to equalise towards the end of the game. But, the veteran failed to keep his nerves and blasted the ball over the crossbar.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEImmediately, the Iceland No.10 shook his head and was walking towards the half-way line with a disappointed look on his face. That is when Ekong came running in and patted his shoulder and consoled the Icelander before going on with the game.A massive win for #NGA means it is all to play for! #NGAISL pic.twitter.com/xSVSMGQOREFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018In the end, Ahmed Musa’s brace turned out to be enough as Iceland went onto lose the match 2-0 and have lost the chance to go second in Group D behind Croatia.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe World Cup first timers found it difficult throughout the match to make things happen. However, thanks to their resolute and compact defence, their opponents also couldn’t create too many clear cut opportunities over the match.advertisementChances proved few and far between in an uninspiring clash in hot conditions as Iceland and Nigeria went into halftime goalless in their Group D clash.Sigurdsson had a free-kick tipped over the top and a shot saved in the opening five minutes and on the stroke of half-time delivered a free-kick that offered a chance to Alfred Finnbogason to break the deadlock.World Cup 2018: No sex ban for Iceland but there is a conditionIn the second half, the teams continued to look for the opening goal but failed to break the deadlock before a lightning counter-attack led by Musa and Victor Moses led to the opening goal.Musa headed the corner away and then passed it to Moses, who ran the entire length pitch of the pitch before plucking the ball out of the air with his first touch and blasting it home. The second goal came in the 75th minute, when after a break down the wing, Musa cut inside and waltzed around the goalkeeper before firing the ball into the net. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been one of Iceland’s most consistent performers in the last couple of years (AP Photo)Sigurdsson’s missed penalty broke the hearts of the Iceland fans and also took away Iceland’s chance to stage a comeback. The African nation then saw out the rest of the match to get away with the victory.All three other teams in the group remain in the hunt to go through with Croatia, but Argentina and Iceland know they have to win to have any chance of progressing.last_img read more

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