Sigurdsson’s Iceland had been looking under the gun in the second half as a rejuvenated Nigeria surged forward time and again, building up a 2-0 lead.
All day long, Gylfi Sigurdsson had shown off his right foot, delivering setpieces with unerring accuracy and zesty fizz into the box, but his teammates kept wasting the chances.
And now he stepped up to take the penalty looking to halve the deficit and give his countrymen some hope.
Alas, we all know what happened next as his shot fizzed up and over the bar with the goalie well-beaten, and the match was lost.
After the game, Sigurdsson spoke to Goal about his disappointment.
“It’s tough to take. It’s probably the toughest moment of my career.
“Hopefully, I can put it right and score in the next game.
Iceland’s fate lies in others’ hands at this point, sitting in third place as they are.