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Update: Super Eagles Beat Tunisia, Grab AFCON Bronze

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia to clinch bronze in the ongoing Total Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] 2019 in Egypt.

After 90 minutes of play, the Nigerian Eagles won with a lone goal scored in the second minute of play by Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo’s goal, his fifth of the tournament, handed the Super Eagles the bronze medal in a battle of the eagles at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Wednesday night.

This was the eighth time the Super Eagles were playing a third and fourth AFCON play-off and they kept their record of winning the bronze medal match.

Though with a maiden AFCON medal around his neck, it wasn’t a near perfect evening for Ighalo.

Almost reduced to tears, the Chinese based striker limped off the pitch and had to be consoled by his teammates after pulling his hamstring as he raced off a counter and tried to make a pass.

But, he hopes to cling on to the golden boot and hopes that neither of Sadio Mane or Adam Ounas scores a goal in Friday evening’s final as they both trail him by two goals.

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Ighalo had netted his fifth goal of the tournament to drift away in the race for the golden boot, two clear ofhis closest challengers Adam Ounas and Sadio Mane.

The Shanghai Shenhua forward stretched his foot to nudge the ball home from a yard out after Tunisia keeper Moez Ben Cherifia and his defender Yassine Meriah both clashed as they threw themselves on the ground to try and cut out Collins Jamilu’s cross from the left.

But that was just about it as much as the Nigerian attack was concerned as the Tunisians took control of the game both in terms of possession and chances created.

In the eighth minute, defender Kenneth Omeruo had to make a brilliant intervention to cut out Taha Khenissi’s shot from the right after he had been sent through by a delightful ball from skipper Wahbi Khazri.

Ferjani Sassi came inches close after 14 minutes, his low effort from the edge of the box after skillfully evading a tackle from Peter Etebo went just wide. Nigeria were playing too deep in their own half and had let the midfield partnership of Sassi and Joris Skhiri take charge of the tempo.

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In the second half, Tunisia started from the same place they left in the first half and came close to a goal just two minutes in when Khazri sent substitute Firas Chaouat through, but the striker hit the side netting facing Francis Uzoho one on one.

On the other end, Chukwueze came close to doubling Nigeria’s advantage when he picked up the ball at the edge of the box but his curling effort was smothered behind for a corner by Ben Chirifia.

With the game advancing and the demanding nature of the tournament taking a toll on the players, the pace of the game drastically dropped with chances few and far in between.

Substitute Samuel Kalu provided some late flashes of brilliance late in the game barely a minute after his introduction with two brilliant freekicks, both of which were saved by Ben Cherifia.

See details of the match:

The second half ends.

90′ + 6 Peter ETEBO (Nigeria) misses the target.

90′ + 6 Peter ETEBO(Nigeria) takes the free-kick.

90′ + 5 Drager MOHAMED (Tunisia) fouls.

90′ + 4 Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) is flagged for offside.

90′ + 3 That was a good chance for Samuel KALU (Nigeria)!

90′ + 3 Moez BEN CHERIFIA(Tunisia) makes a save.

90′ + 3 Samuel KALU(Nigeria) takes the free-kick.

90′ + 2 Rami BEDOUI (Tunisia) is shown a yellow card.

90′ + 2 Rami BEDOUI (Tunisia) fouls.

90′ + 2 Alex IWOBI (Nigeria) has a shot blocked.

90′ + 2 Alex IWOBI (Nigeria) misses the target.

90′ + 1 Moses SIMON (Nigeria) takes the corner.

90′ + 1 Moez BEN CHERIFIA(Tunisia) makes a save.

90′ + 1 That was a good chance for Samuel KALU (Nigeria)!

90′ + 1 Samuel KALU(Nigeria) takes the free-kick.

90′ Samuel CHUKWUEZE(in) – Samuel KALU(out) (Nigeria)

90′ Rami BEDOUI (Tunisia) fouls.

89′ Ellyes SKHIRI (Tunisia) fouls.

89′ Sliti NAIM (Tunisia) takes the corner.

85′ Moses SIMON (Nigeria) fouls.

83′ Rami BEDOUI (Tunisia) fouls.

82′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) takes the corner.

82′ Firas CHAOUAT (Tunisia) misses the target.

82′ Firas CHAOUAT (Tunisia) has a shot blocked.

81′ Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) misses the target.

79′ Drager MOHAMED (Tunisia) misses the target.

78′ Ghaylen CHAALELI (Tunisia) misses the target.

75′ Ahmed MUSA(in) – Moses SIMON(out) (Nigeria)

72′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) is flagged for offside.

72′ Jamilu COLLINS (Nigeria) fouls.

67′ Nassim HNID(in) – Rami BEDOUI(out) (Tunisia)

65′ Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) is flagged for offside.

64′ Ahmed MUSA (Nigeria) takes the corner.

63′ Moez BEN CHERIFIA(Tunisia) makes a save.

63′ That was a good chance for Samuel CHUKWUEZE (Nigeria)!

62′ Sliti NAIM (Tunisia) fouls.

61′ Peter ETEBO (Nigeria) fouls.

61′ Ghaylen CHAALELI (Tunisia) is shown a yellow card.

61′ Ghaylen CHAALELI (Tunisia) fouls.

59′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) takes the corner.

58′ Anice BADRI(in) – Sliti NAIM(out) (Tunisia)

57′ Francis UZOHO(Nigeria) makes a save.

56′ Wilfred NDIDI (Nigeria) fouls.

55′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) has a shot blocked.

55′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) misses the target.

54′ Wahbi KHAZRI(Tunisia) takes the free-kick.

53′ Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) fouls.

51′ Yassine MERIAH (Tunisia) fouls.

48′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) fouls.

48′ That was a good chance for Firas CHAOUAT (Tunisia)!

48′ Firas CHAOUAT (Tunisia) misses the target.

47′ Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) fouls.

45′ Odion IGHALO(in) – Victor OSIMHEN(out) (Nigeria)

The second half begins.

The referee blows for half-time.

45′ Firas CHAOUAT (Tunisia) fouls.

44′ Taha KHENISSI(in) – Firas CHAOUAT(out) (Tunisia)

43′ Ferjani SASSI (Tunisia) fouls.

40′ Ahmed MUSA (Nigeria) fouls.

39′ Ferjani SASSI (Tunisia) fouls.

38′ Peter ETEBO (Nigeria) fouls.

38′ Samuel CHUKWUEZE (Nigeria) misses the target.

38′ Samuel CHUKWUEZE (Nigeria) has a shot blocked.

37′ Peter ETEBO (Nigeria) fouls.

36′ Peter ETEBO(Nigeria) takes the free-kick.

35′ Drager MOHAMED (Tunisia) fouls.

35′ Anice BADRI (Tunisia) fouls.

32′ Samuel CHUKWUEZE (Nigeria) fouls.

31′ Peter ETEBO(Nigeria) takes the free-kick.

30′ Ghaylen CHAALELI (Tunisia) fouls.

29′ Samuel CHUKWUEZE (Nigeria) takes the corner.

28′ Ahmed MUSA (Nigeria) takes the corner.

27′ Wilfred NDIDI (Nigeria) misses the target.

24′ Anice BADRI (Tunisia) fouls.

23′ Anice BADRI (Tunisia) takes the corner.

22′ Odion IGHALO (Nigeria) fouls.

20′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) takes the corner.

20′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) has a shot blocked.

20′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) misses the target.

20′ Wahbi KHAZRI(Tunisia) takes the free-kick.

18′ Wilfred NDIDI (Nigeria) is shown a yellow card.

18′ Wilfred NDIDI (Nigeria) fouls.

17′ Oussama HADADI (Tunisia) is flagged for offside.

15′ That was a good chance for Ferjani SASSI (Tunisia)!

15′ Ferjani SASSI (Tunisia) misses the target.

12′ Samuel CHUKWUEZE(Nigeria) takes the free-kick.

11′ Oussama HADADI (Tunisia) fouls.

10′ Drager MOHAMED (Tunisia) fouls.

9′ Jamilu COLLINS (Nigeria) fouls.

9′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) takes the corner.

8′ Taha KHENISSI (Tunisia) misses the target.

8′ Taha KHENISSI (Tunisia) has a shot blocked.

8′ Odion IGHALO (Nigeria) is flagged for offside.

6′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) has a shot blocked.

6′ Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia) misses the target.

6′ Wahbi KHAZRI(Tunisia) takes the free-kick.

5′ Temitayo AINA (Nigeria) fouls.

4′ Anice BADRI(Tunisia) takes the free-kick.

4′ Kenneth OMERUO (Nigeria) fouls.

3′ Odion IGHALO (Nigeria) scores!

2′ Alex IWOBI (Nigeria) has a shot blocked.

2′ Alex IWOBI (Nigeria) misses the target.

Alex IWOBI (Nigeria) misses the target.

The first half begins.

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