Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time

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Super Eagles of Nigeria, on Saturday, defeated Sudan 3-1 at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon, in an AFCON 2021 match.

Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time
Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time

The Super Eagles will advance to the Round of 16 as a result of their victory.

According to the Confederation of African Football, the Super Eagles won their first two matches at an Africa Cup of Nations in successive tournaments for the first time.

For the three-time African Champions, Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi, and man of the match Simon Moses scored, before Walieldin Safour reduced the gap with a second-half penalty.

Nigeria came into the match fresh off a convincing 1-0 victory against Egypt, while Sudan held Guinea Bissau to a goalless draw.

At the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Augustine Eguavoen’s team got off to a flying start. To break the deadlock, Samuel Chukwueze expertly delivered Simon Moses’ inch-perfect pass beyond the goalie.

On the stroke of halftime, young striker Taiwo Awoniyi extended the Super Eagles’ lead with an instinctive header.

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Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time
Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time

With a game to spare, Nigeria sealed the victory shortly after the resumption thanks to Moses Simon’s individual goal, ensuring their spot in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

Sudan was awarded a penalty after a video assistant referee review on 67 minutes. Mustafa Mohammed was fouled in the area, according to Ola Aina.

To make it 3-1, Safour converted the resulting spot kick past Maduka Okoye.

Both teams continued to create chances but were unable to score, with Nigeria taking first place in the group and qualifying for the knockout stage.

Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time
Super Eagles of Nigeria Beat Sudan 3-1 To Set a New Record and Go To The AFCON Last 16 For The First Time

Egypt takes on Guinea Bissau in the second encounter of Group D, as both teams strive to resurrect their hopes of moving.

Alex Iwobi came in for Samuel Chukwueze, who had scored Nigeria’s first goal, at the start of the second half.

Nigeria and Sudan played at the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time, however it was their first meeting in 46 years.

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Sudan won the first match 4-0 in the group stage of the 1963 tournament, while Nigeria won the second match 1-0 in 1976.

Nigeria has won ten of its previous twelve Africa Cup of Nations games (L2), keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Sudan had only won one of its last 14 Africa Cup of Nations games (D6 L7), dating back to the 1972 edition, with a 0-0 stalemate in their opener against Guinea-Bissau.

Nigeria won their first match at the Africa Cup of Nations (1-0 versus Egypt) for the second tournament in a row, after failing to win their first match in four of their previous five visits (W1 D1 L3).

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  • Bello Akanni Sheriffdeen 11 months ago

    Nigeria are playing very well in this year’s Africans Cup of Nations and long may it continues.I pray we come home with the trophy and I’m very much surprise that our consecutive winning in the group stage set a record.It’s really surprising,but I wish us all the best and kudos to the players,coach and technical staffs,even with the announcement of the so called permanent coach which NFF made a mistake to announce before the end of Nigeria’s participation in the tournament,the interim coach is still doing his best to make us proud.Kudos to us all.

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