Nigeria modified into the first crew to qualify for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Countries as they beat Guinea 1-0.
Three-time winners Nigeria scored the fully aim within the 73rd minute when Moses Simon’s staunch-soar corner used to be headed in on the advance post by Kenneth Omeruo.
They now earn six capabilities from their two video games after a 1-0 preserve shut over Burundi in their first match on Saturday.
The tip two nations in every of the six groups arrive, alongside with the four easiest third-placed nations.
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Nigeria dropped captain John Mikel Obi, who conducted for Middlesbrough in 2018-19, however their facet did embody Brighton defender Leon Balogun, Stoke midfielder Peter Etebo, Leicester midfielder Wilfried Ndidi and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi.
The Gunners man had regarded as one of doubtlessly the most uncomplicated possibilities when it used to be goalless with a curled effort from actual exterior the penalty direct, however Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone produced a spectacular one-handed put to push it over the bar.
Guinea’s facet integrated Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, who used to be making his first delivery up for membership or nation since 1 Can also merely, when he picked up a groin hurt within the Reds’ 3-0 loss to Barcelona within the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Nevertheless, Keita received some solid challenges and fully lasted 71 minutes before he used to be substituted.
He used to be replaced actual before a Nigeria corner and Guinea, who now earn one point from their two suits, went within the encourage of straight on yarn of Omeruo’s header.
The replacement two nations in Neighborhood B, Madagascar and Burundi, play on Thursday (15:30 BST), before Burundi eliminate on Guinea and Madagascar face Nigeria within the final spherical of group video games on Sunday.
BBC World Carrier’s John Bennett
They are saying it is a signal of a appropriate crew while you happen to preserve shut without playing at your easiest. That is twice now that Nigeria earn got the job done despite no longer hitting the heights.
There could be plenty more to arrive encourage from the Dazzling Eagles and some precise quality on the bench.
Guinea huffed and puffed however it undoubtedly’s tricky for them at this tournament with their superstar man Naby Keita half-match. He used to be running on empty this present day at instances however confirmed glimpses of what he can earn in direction of the discontinue of the first half.
Now the next anxiety for Nigeria is within the shattersorting the bonus row.The gamers are staring at for to uncover the money on Friday. Then it could well perhaps perhaps perhaps be all resolved they normally can fully focal point on the soccer.