Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon: Ighalo’s brace send Eagles into Q/finals

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Odion Ighalo scored a brace to down Cameroon
Odion Ighalo scored a brace to down Cameroon

Nigeria defeated Cameroon 3-2 in a thrilling Round of 16 fixture at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

A brace from Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi’s strike were enough for the Super Eagles to see off the reigning African champions at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.

The encounter, as expected, started as a physical contest but Nigeria had the better chances in the opening minutes.

The breakthrough came in the 19th through Odion Ighalo’s effort which was deflected to the back of Andre Onana’s net.

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After breaking the deadlock, Nigeria lost control of the game and Clarence Seedorf’s men started applying the pressure for an equaliser.

In the 24th minute, Clinton Njie benefitted by a defensive slip and then passed to Pierre Kunde, but the Mainz 05 midfielder blasted his effort wide off the post.

Three minutes later, Pierre Kunde was punished for a late and reckless tackle on Oghenekaro Etebo.

Cameroon’s push for an equaliser finally paid off in the 41st minute, with Stephane Bahoken slotting Bassogog’s cross past Daniel Akpeyi.

The situation turned soar for Nigeria as Njie fired the Indomitable Lions into the lead a minute before the half-time break.

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