Iceland coach, Heimer Hallgrimsson, says his players were heavy and slow in their 2-0 loss to Nigeria on Friday.
Hallgrimsson while addressing the media at the post-match press conference in Volgograd also declared that Musa took advantage on the lethargic disposition of his team to punish them.
He also admitted that the Nigerian side were a far better side than his.
“Maybe they were heavy and slow today. I don’t know. Everyone was trying to do their best,” Hallgrimsson said.
“And Ahmed Musa punished us for that.
“Like I said earlier, it was a pretty difficult game. We were prepared for this game but the goal they scored changed the game. We pressed forward and their transition was very good and quick too.
“First, the tactics and strategy were not wrong but we were a little bit unlike ourselves. I thought we were sometimes dangerous and even had a penalty.
“They were very good at set-pieces. You can always score set-pieces but let’s just say Nigeria were better against us today.
“We expected three central defenders, their transition was very good and always ahead of us. We didn’t think we will go through this World Cup without a loss. It’s not easy to swallow.
“I had to hail my players, they gave everything they had in the end but it was not our day in so many ways. We are still in the race.”
Iceland will meet Croatia in the last Group D game.