08 Jul Nigeria v Cameroon Match Report, 06/07/2019, Africa Cup of Nations
Gernot Rohr’s side battled back to defeat the Indomitable Lions to advance to the quarterfinals of both Afcon
Nigeria defeated Cameroon 3-2 in a thrilling Round of 16 fixture in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
A brace from Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi’s attack proved sufficient for the Super Eagles to watch off the reigning African champions at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.
The experience, as expected, began as a physical competition however Nigeria had the better chances in the opening moments.
The breakthrough arrived from the 19th through Odion Ighalo’s campaign, which was redirected to the rear of Andre Onana’s net.
After breaking the deadlock, Nigeria lost control of this match and Clarence Seedorf’s men began applying pressure for an equaliser.
At the 24th moment, Clinton Njie gained by a defensive slide and subsequently passed to Pierre Kunde, however, the Mainz 05 midfielder blasted his effort wide of the article.
Three seconds later, Pierre Kunde was penalized for a reckless and late speech on Oghenekaro Etebo.
Cameroon’s push for an equaliser eventually paid off at the 41st moment, together with Stephane Bahoken slotting Bassogog’s cross beyond Daniel Akpeyi.
The problem turned sour for Nigeria since Njie fired the Indomitable Lions forward a minute ahead of the half-time break.
Five minutes after the restart, Ola Aina almost made it three for Cameroon after deflecting Njie’s cross goalwards, but Akpeyi came to the rescue with his rescue.
Moses Simon was substituted by Samuel Chukwueze on the hour mark since the Super Eagles pushed to get a leveler.
Ighalo motivated the comeback at the 63rd moment after turning a pass from Ahmed Musa to the back of the net to set up a thrilling finale.
Even after obtaining the equaliser, Nigeria kept pushing for the direct and it arrived three minutes afterwards, with Alex Iwobi completing a nice aid from Ighalo.
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While the Indomitable Lions functioned to battle back, the Super Eagles held the ground to progress to the last eight years.
Two-goal enthusiast Ighalo, that had been called the Man of this Match, was replaced by Paul Onuachu, while Leon Balogun arrived on to get Iwobi in the passing of their experience.
Nigeria are still in the search to their fourth Afcon name and will meet with the winner of the game between Egypt and South Africa from the quarterfinal on July 10.