MATCH CENTRE

WED 17 JULY 2019, 21:00, AL SALAM STADIUM, CAIRO

1
VS
0

Super Eagles end AFCON in third place

by BackPageTXT

Wed July 17, 23:10

Nigeria ended their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with bronze medals after defeating Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place playoff in Cairo on Wednesday evening.

Odion Ighalo scored the only goal of the game early on, securing the Super Eagles their eighth third-place finish in Nations Cup history.

Nigeria got off to a great start, claiming the lead in just the third minute. Left-back Jamilu Collins provided a low cross which goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifa could only knock into the legs of defender Yassine Meriah – the loose ball fell kindly for Odion Ighalo, who poked it home from close range for his fifth goal of the tournament.

The Chinese-based striker is two goals clear of nearest chasers Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas and Sadio Mane (as well as Cedric Bakambu, who is no longer active in the tournament) and looks set to win the Golden Boot for top scorer.

Tunisia responded well to going behind and created some half-chances for the likes of Wahbi Khazri and Anice Badri, though Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho remained relatively untested throughout the first half, which ended 1-0 in favour of the West Africans.

Both teams suffered injury blows just before the break, with the Carthage Eagles seeing winger Yassine Khenissi replaced by Firas Chaouat, while Nigeria’s Ighalo pulled a hamstring on the stroke of half time and was replaced by Victor Osimhen at the start of the second stanza.

The Super Eagles nearly doubled their lead 18 minutes after the restart, with Samuel Chukwueze sending a curling effort on goal from long range, but Ben Cherifa redeemed himself somewhat with an excellent finger-tip save.

Tunisia came on strong in the final quarter of the match, but they were unable to create any clear chances with which to test Uzoho, leaving Nigeria to claim a 1-0 win and the consolation prize of third place at the AFCON.

The tournament will wrap up on Friday night with the final between Senegal and Algeria from the Cairo International Stadium.

Tunisia 0
Nigeria (1) 1 (Ighalo 3’)

Tunisia: Cherifa, Drager, Haddadi, Meriah, Hnid (Bedoui 67’), Skhiri, Sassi, Chaalali, Khenissi (Chaouat 44’), Badri (Sliti 58’), Khazri

Nigeria: Uzoho, Aina, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Collins, Ndidi, Etebo, Musa (Simon 75’), Iwobi, Chukwueze (Kalu 90’), Ighalo (Osimhen 46’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF AL SALAM STADIUM, CAIRO
NIGERIA GOALS TUNISIA GOALS
9. Odion Ighalo (3')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
NIGERIA STARTING LINEUP TUNISIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
3
Defender
14
Defender
22
Defender
67'
21
2
Defender
5
Defender
4
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
17
8
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
18'
4
Midfielder
61'
20
Forward/Striker
75'
7
Forward/Striker
58'
9
Forward/Striker
3'
46'
9
Forward/Striker
44'
11
Forward/Striker
90'
13
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Victor Osimhen
Forward/Striker
46'
21
Firas Chaouat
Forward/Striker
44'
8
Moses Simon
Forward/Striker
75'
15
Sliti Naim
Midfielder
58'
23
Samuel Kalu
Forward/Striker
90'
17
Rami Bedoui
Defender
67'
6
CARDS
Wilfred Ndidi
Midfielder
18'
4
Ghaylen Chaalali
Midfielder
61'
20
Rami Bedoui
Defender
90 + 2'
6
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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