Africa Cup of Nations - Round of 16
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Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria beat holders Cameroon 3-2

Nigeria are three-time winners of the Africa Cup of Nations - last winning it in 2013
Nigeria are three-time winners of the Africa Cup of Nations - with their most recent triumph in 2013

Holders Cameroon were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Nigeria in a five-goal last-16 thriller.

Goals from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie saw Cameroon lead 2-1 at half-time after Odion Ighalo had put Nigeria ahead in Alexandria, Egypt.

But two goals in three minutes swung the game back in Nigeria's favour and set up a quarter-final with South Africa, shock winners over Egypt.

Ighalo equalised before the forward set up Alex Iwobi to hit the winner.

Nigeria had been on the receiving end of an upset in their previous game, a 2-0 defeat by Madagascar in their final group match.

Yet they produced their best performance of the tournament to end Cameroon's hopes of retaining the title they won in Gabon in 2017.

Ighalo's deflected shot gave Nigeria the lead before Bahoken side-footed the equaliser after Christian Bassogog's cross.

In an enthralling tie, Cameroon took the lead through Njie's composed finish.

Man-of-the-match Ighalo made it 2-2 with a volley after Ahmed Musa's chest down before Ighalo turned provider for Arsenal's Iwobi to slot in a dramatic decisive goal.

Analysis

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Alexandria

For once, this was a big-name match-up that lived up to the billing, especially in terms of the goals scored and the ebb and flow of the match.

This was the best either side has played so far at the tournament and it still felt as if there was a lack of real quality from both teams. That was reflected in the first goals scored - Nigeria's was a deflected effort and Cameroon's quickfire strikes were both a result of defensive errors.

The second period was better and Nigeria looked hungrier. They also played better and their two goals both involved a lot more skill than luck.

Ighalo looked like he did in his best days at Watford, Iwobi showed the quality that Arsenal fans are crying out for and Leicester City fans may well be asking if this was the same Ahmed Musa that played for them.

For Cameroon, Andre Onana pulled off a few saves to show why he is currently the most-highly rated African keeper around, as he continued to show his form of the past season with Ajax.

Pierre Kunde did his best with his set-pieces but the quality was not there to make the most of them.

Line-ups

Nigeria

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Akpeyi
  • 20AwaziemBooked at 70mins
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 22Omeruo
  • 2Aina
  • 8Etebo
  • 4Ndidi
  • 15SimonSubstituted forChukwuezeat 60'minutes
  • 18IwobiSubstituted forBalogunat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Musa
  • 9IghaloSubstituted forOnuachuat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ezenwa
  • 3Collins
  • 6Balogun
  • 11Onyekuru
  • 12Shehu
  • 13Chukwueze
  • 14Onuachu
  • 17Kalu
  • 19Ogu
  • 21Osimhen
  • 23Uzoho

Cameroon

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Onana
  • 2Fai
  • 4Banana
  • 5Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  • 6Oyongo
  • 15KundeBooked at 28minsSubstituted forZouaat 87'minutes
  • 14MandjeckBooked at 51minsSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 62'minutes
  • 11Bassogog
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 7N'JieSubstituted forToko Ekambiat 70'minutes
  • 9Bahoken

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 8Zambo Anguissa
  • 10Djoum
  • 12Dawa
  • 16Ondoa
  • 17Toko Ekambi
  • 19Zoua
  • 20Boumal
  • 21Kaptoum
  • 22Kana-Biyik
  • 23Kameni
Referee:
Joshua Bondo
Attendance:
10,000

Match Stats

Home TeamNigeriaAway TeamCameroon
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nigeria 3, Cameroon 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nigeria 3, Cameroon 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Ola Aina.

  5. Post update

    Yaya Banana (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul Onuachu (Nigeria).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jacques Zoua (Cameroon) header from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yaya Banana.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Leon Balogun replaces Alex Iwobi.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stéphane Bahoken (Cameroon) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Bassogog with a cross.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Cameroon. Jacques Zoua replaces Pierre Kunde.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Pierre Kunde (Cameroon).

  12. Post update

    Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paul Onuachu (Nigeria).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Paul Onuachu replaces Odion Ighalo.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samuel Chukwueze with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Yaya Banana.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Chukwueze.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pierre Kunde with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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