Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria top group after win over Guinea-Bissau

By Piers EdwardsBBC Sport Africa in Cameroon
William Troost-Ekong
William Troost-Ekong scored his fourth goal for Nigeria

Nigeria beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in Garoua to become the only side at the Africa Cup of Nations to win all three group games.

After making eight changes to the side that beat Sudan to seal their last-16 place, Nigeria took time to warm up.

Umar Sadiq opened the scoring shortly after the break following a cross from striker partner Kelechi Iheanacho.

Captain William Troost-Ekong sealed the win after tapping into an empty net after fine work by Moses Simon.

Three-time champions Nigeria had already topped Group D and knew their round of 16 clash on Sunday would be in Garoua, where they have played all their games so far.

They will have to wait until Thursday night to find out which of the best third-placed sides they face from either Group B, E or F.

Guinea-Bissau, meanwhile, have now gone over seven Nations Cup games without a goal, last scoring in their second match of the 2017 finals when they made their tournament bow.

Super Eagles soar in Garoua

Nigeria coach Augustine Eguavoen - who has made light of replacing Germany's Gernot Rohr a month before the tournament - had the luxury of being able to rest players after his side's fine start to the tournament, retaining only Iheanacho, Troost-Ekong and Wilfred Ndidi.

Defender Semi Ajayi was among those coming into the side and he almost opened the scoring when heading a free-kick over from close range, with Eguavoen holding his head in his hands at the wasted chance.

After Guinea-Bissau's Maurice Gomis almost spilled an off-target Iheanacho shot into his own net, the Super Eagles finally took the lead when the Leicester City forward laid it on a plate for Almeria forward Sadiq to tap in at the far post.

Guinea-Bissau rallied shortly after when an on-target free-kick from Fali Cande was deflected behind by Troost-Ekong's arm, with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) overlooking the incident.

Nigeria top group after win over Guinea-Bissau
Nigeria are the only side to have won their three opening group games at the Africa Cup of Nations

But the VAR referee was heavily involved just moments later when Troost-Ekong side-footed into an empty net after Simon's blistering strike, after a jinking run past three players, crashed back off the underside of the bar to the Watford man.

Kenyan referee Peter Waweru pointed for offside only for VAR to overturn the goal as Troost-Ekong celebrated only his third goal for his country, two of which have come in the Nations Cup itself.

To their credit, Guinea-Bissau set out to attack but failed to get on the scoresheet once again as Jorginho shinned a decent chance wide just before the break, while Leonel Ucha Alves' fine strike was smartly tipped round the post by sprawling Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

The West African side leave the competition with one draw and two defeats, just as they did at their two previous visits to the finals in both 2017 and 2019.

The Super Eagles, meanwhile, showed their strength in depth and that they will take some stopping but there will be far sterner tests ahead for a side buoyed by good support in Cameroon, which Nigeria borders.

Line-ups

Guinea-Bissau

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Gomis
  • 15Silva Encada
  • 22Sanganté
  • 20Soriano Mané
  • 2Candé
  • 6Candé Nogueira
  • 11Barbosa IntimaSubstituted forMendyat 70'minutes
  • 5Pereira CamaráSubstituted forSemedoat 69'minutes
  • 16Moro CassamáSubstituted forUcha Alvesat 77'minutes
  • 18Brito SilvaSubstituted forAmbriat 70'minutes
  • 17BaldéSubstituted forRodrigues Teixeiraat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mendes
  • 3Ucha Alves
  • 4Fernandes Embalo Júnior
  • 7Rodrigues Teixeira
  • 9Ambri
  • 10Tuncará Gomes
  • 13Mendy
  • 14Mendy
  • 21Chipela Gomes
  • 23Semedo
  • 24Samba Baldé

Nigeria

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 23Uzoho
  • 21EbuehiSubstituted forNdahat 76'minutes
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 3Collins
  • 4Ndidi
  • 25NwakaliSubstituted forOnyekaat 76'minutes
  • 18Iwobi
  • 13EjukeSubstituted forSimonat 57'minutes
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forOnyekuruat 85'minutes
  • 24SadiqSubstituted forOladeji Olayinkaat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Okoye
  • 7Musa
  • 8Onyeka
  • 11Onyekuru
  • 12Sanusi
  • 15Simon
  • 17Chukwueze
  • 19Awoniyi
  • 22Omeruo
  • 26Ndah
  • 27Noble
  • 28Oladeji Olayinka
Referee:
Peter Waweru

Match Stats

Home TeamGuinea-BissauAway TeamNigeria
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Guinea-Bissau 0, Nigeria 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Guinea-Bissau 0, Nigeria 2.

  3. Post update

    Peter Oladeji Olayinka (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Burá (Guinea-Bissau).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fali Candé (Guinea-Bissau) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Moses Simon (Nigeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Oladeji Olayinka following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Peter Oladeji Olayinka (Nigeria).

  8. Post update

    Opa Sanganté (Guinea-Bissau) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Nigeria. Frank Onyeka tries a through ball, but Peter Oladeji Olayinka is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Frank Onyeka (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Ambri (Guinea-Bissau) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leonel Alves.

  12. Post update

    Olisa Ndah (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mauro Rodrigues (Guinea-Bissau).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Henry Onyekuru (Nigeria).

  15. Post update

    Mauro Rodrigues (Guinea-Bissau) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Guinea-Bissau. Mauro Rodrigues replaces Mama Baldé.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steve Ambri (Guinea-Bissau) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alfa Semedo (Guinea-Bissau) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steve Ambri.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Henry Onyekuru replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

  20. Post update

    Peter Oladeji Olayinka (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon32107347
2Burkina Faso31113304
3Cape Verde31112204
4Ethiopia301226-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal31201015
2Guinea31112204
3Malawi31112204
4Zimbabwe310234-13

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco32105237
2Gabon31204315
3Comoros310235-23
4Ghana301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria33006159
2Egypt32012116
3Sudan301214-31
4Guinea-Bissau301203-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast21103214
2Equatorial Guinea21011103
3Sierra Leone20202202
4Algeria201101-11

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gambia21102114
2Mali21102114
3Tunisia21014133
4Mauritania200205-50
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