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Sport Tunisia stun Nigeria to enter quarter finals with shock 1-0 win

01:55  24 january  2022
01:55  24 january  2022 Source:   france24.com

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  Rangers' Joe Aribo catches eye for Nigeria with assist against Egypt as forgotten former Ibrox man makes appearance Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo played a key role for Nigeria as they began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 victory over Egypt. © Rangers' Joe Aribo (No 10) played the full match for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Egypt. Aribo set up Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho to score what turned out to be the winning goal on the half-hour mark in Garoua as Augustine Eguavoen’s men took a big step towards qualifying from Group D. © Nigeria kept Egypt's Mo Salah quiet.

Tunisia shocked Nigeria and Burkina Faso edged Gabon on Sunday to set up an Africa Cup of Nations last-eight showdown, while minnows Comoros prepared to use an outfield player as a goalkeeper when th… Youssef Msakni (C) celebrates after scoring to give Tunisia a shock Africa Cup of Nations last-16 victory over Nigeria in Garoua on Sunday Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO AFP.

Tunisia were ravaged by Covid cases before their final group game against Gambia, with seven players including captain Wahbi Khazri missing out. The upcoming team news will largely depend on how many can return for the North Africans. Reserve keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha is suspended after his red card during a fracas in their last game. Nigeria made eight changes in their final group game against Sudan and coach Augustine Eguavoen is set to revert back to the formula that gave them such a good start to the tournament. They have no fresh reported injury issues in their squad.

Tunisia shocked Nigeria and Burkina Faso edged Gabon on Sunday to set up an Africa Cup of Nations last-eight showdown, while minnows Comoros prepared to use an outfield player as a goalkeeper when they confront hosts Cameroon.

  Tunisia stun Nigeria to enter quarter finals with shock 1-0 win © Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO AFP

Veteran Youssef Msakni scored two minutes into the second half to give previously unimpressive Tunisia a 1-0 second-round triumph over 10-man Nigeria in Garoua.

Nigerian hopes of levelling were dealt a huge blow midway through the second half when Alex Iwobi, initially yellow-carded for a stamp on Msakni, was sent off after the referee looked at the VAR monitor.

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Nigeria and Tunisia will clash in the 2021 AFCON round of 16 tie on Sunday night. The Super Eagles head to the game after winning all their matches in the group stage, while Tunisia won one and lost two matches. “We topped our group with maximum points, but this is a totally different story, and the players and technical staff know this well,” Eguavoen was quoted by CAF Online as saying. “We are not done with what we had in the group. We will work together for the coming steps.” He added, “ Tunisia deserved to qualify [for quarter - final ], and we respect each other. “We both have the same target

Afcon 2021: Nigeria v Tunisia . Last updated on. 48 minutes ago48 minutes ago.From the section African. Post update. Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi ( Nigeria ) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samuel Chukwueze with a headed pass following a corner.

In the first last-16 match, Burkina Faso needed a penalty shootout to eliminate Gabon, who forced a 1-1 draw after extra time having played 56 minutes with 10 men following the red-carding of Sidney Obissa.

Substitute Ismahila Ouedraogo scored to give the Stallions a 7-6 shootout victory after Lloyd Palun had struck the woodwork for the gallant Gabonese in Limbe.

With all three goalkeepers unavailable due to positive Covid-19 tests and injury, giant-killers Comoros will place an outfield player between the posts when they tackle hosts Cameroon in Yaounde on Monday.

Whoever is chosen to don the gloves in Yaounde must face Vincent Aboubakar, the leading scorer so far in the flagship African tournament with five goals in three group matches.

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Regardless, a quarter - final place is the bone of contention when they lock horns in a showdown that promises to be thrilling at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua. Interestingly, the Super Eagles are unbeaten in all – winning three and getting draws on two occasions - excluding shoot-outs. Following their 1 - 0 defeat to the Gambia last time out, Mondher Kebaier’s men have now lost four of their last five at Afcon, as many defeats as in their previous 16 games at the Africa Cup of Nations (five wins and seven draws).

Nigeria established themselves as the hottest prospects to seize the trophy when they became the only team to win all three group stage matches. In their first match, they swatted aside Egypt – the team of the greatest African player of his generation, Mo Salah. A clinical, ruthlessly opportunistic goal by Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho put Nigeria ahead in the first half and they never looked back. Tunisia stun Nigeria to enter quarter finals with shock 1 - 0 win .

Debutants Comoros, representing an Indian Ocean nation of less than one million people, stunned four-time champions Ghana to reach the second round as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The first last-16 showdown on Monday pits the other debutants, Gambia, against Guinea, who will miss their suspended captain, Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, in Bafoussam.

In a surprise-riddled tournament, another one arrived just after half-time in Garoua when Qatar-based Msakni put the one-time Cup of Nations champions ahead.

Msakni, playing in his seventh Cup of Nations tournament, dribbled across the edge of the box before unleashing a curling shot that entered the net off the left arm of goalkeeper Maduka Okoye.

Superb save

Substitute Naim Sliti almost doubled the Tunisian lead with 15 minutes remaining when he fired a shot toward the corner of the net only to be thwarted by a superb two-hand save from Okoye.

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Nigeria Super Eagles go play di Carthage Eagles of Tunisia for dia Africa Cup of Nations, Afcon round of 16 match on Sunday, for di Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon by 8:00pm. Di Super Eagles top Group D afta dia 1 - 0 win over Egypt, 3-1 win over Sudan and 2- 0 win over Guinea Bissau team. Both eagles been don meet few times in di past. Dia first meeting for Afcon na for di 1978 edition for Ghana. Di match end for kasala afta 1-1 draw, Tunisia protest against bad officiating wey make dem award 2- 0 win to Nigeria and ban di Carthage from di next edition of di tournament for 1980.

Nigeria vs Tunisia Team News. Given the stakes the game carries, Nigeria 's coach, Austin Eguavoen, is expected to bring back his stars that were rested against Guinea-Bissau. Maduka Okoye, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina and Joe Aribo are expected to be part of the first team as the West Africans hope to pick up a win against the Carthage Eagles who did not entirely impress in the group stage. The German was criticised for his changes against Aston Villa last week but all three of his subs combined to earn a last-gasp 1 - 0 win over West Ham.

Nigeria had a chance to level as time ticked away, but Moses Simon sent a free-kick from just outside the box over the crossbar.

In added time, Nigeria had an even better chance to equalise when substitute Umar Sadiq got behind the defence and fired across goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said only to see his shot trickle wide of the far post.

Burkina Faso appeared to have the victory sewn up in normal time thanks to a first-half goal from captain Bertrand Traore, who had earlier missed a penalty.

Gabon were reduced to 10 men when Obissa was dismissed midway through the second half, but they forced extra time as Adama Guira helped the ball into his own net in the first minute of added time.

Qualification is a huge boost for Burkina Faso as the west African state deals with a jihadist insurgency.

On Sunday, gunfire was reported at army barracks around the country as soldiers staged mutinies to demand the sacking of leading members of the military, prompting fears of a coup.

"It was a crazy game and it was not easy to control our emotions," said Burkina Faso coach Kamou Malo.

"We had chances to kill the tie earlier but that's football. It could have gone either way, but we are delighted with the outcome."

Gabon have never won a Cup of Nations knockout tie, but the Panthers can be proud of the way they battled in adversity to force extra time and penalties after the dismissal of Obissa.

The Panthers go home after a tournament overshadowed by the early departures of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and influential midfielder Mario Lemina, both positive Covid cases.

"We tried to make up for losing them but you can't easily replace international-class players like that," said veteran coach Patrice Neveu.

(AFP)

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