19 Jul Tunisia v Nigeria Match Report, 17/07/2019, Africa Cup of Nations
The 30-year old scored his fifth goal from the continental championship to assist Nigeria claim victory within the Carthage Eagles
Nigeria clinched the bronze medal by beating Tunisia 1-0 from the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) third/fourth-place game at Al-Salam Stadium on Wednesday.
Francis Uzoho was chosen in goal before Daniel Akpeyi, so, making his first appearance in the contest, while Ola Aina substituting Chidozie Awaziem who had been suspended for the match after amassing two yellow cards. Odion Ighalo kept his place along with Samuel Chukwueze along with Ahmed Musa.
Tunisia coach Alain Giresse substituted injured goalkeeper Mouez Hassen with Moez Ben Cherifia and Youssef Msakni who suffered a muscle strain in their semi-final defeat to Senegal with Anice Badri. Nassim Hnid, Ferjani Sassi and Ghaylene Chaalali were handed starting jobs.
The Super Eagles got off to a flying start in warm sunny weather Ighalo opening the scoring with just 3 minutes into the experience after pouncing on a loose ball in the region. The striker made house the ball with his left foot to get his fifth goal in the contest.
The Carthage Eagles had an opportunity to respond to Nigeria’s goal almost instantly after Ola Aina fouled Wahbi Khazri however, the Saint-Etienne forward’s attempt was blocked.
Nigeria almost got the next target if Ighalo squared the ball to the area but Yassine Meriah was hand to clean it to security.
Tunisia went close to scoring the equaliser if Sassi shrugged off Wilfred Ndidi before launch a long-lived shot but the campaign went a inch of this goal.
Carthage Eagles continued to push to get a opportunity to level the match but were frustrated with the Super Eagles’ water-tight defence.
Ndidi had an chance to raise Nigeria’s lead after peacefully collecting the ball from midfield but he blazed his effort wide of the goal.
Tunisia created their initial shift from the 44th moment with Firas Chaouat substituting Taha Yassine Khenissi and minutes prior to the half-time fracture, Ighalo was forced off after suffering an accident.
Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen substituted the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua ahead in the 46th moment following the restart of the match.
The Carthage Eagles obtained close to equalising if Khazri played with Chaouat during on target however the CS Sfaxien man somehow managed to miss this goal.
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Giresse introduced Naim Sliti to get Badri before substituting Hnid with Rami Bedoui since the North Africans continued to push for an equaliser.
Chukwueze had a opportunity to score the next goal for the Super Eagles however, the forwards’s curling long-range campaign was brightly finger-tipped by goalkeeper Cherifia to get a corner-kick.
Tunisia appeared brighter towards the final stages of the match however the Super Eagles failed to maintain on with their own lead and claim the victory.