Afcon 2019: Nigeria v Cameroon Player Ratings - Iwobi and Ighalo shine in five-goal thriller

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How did Nigeria's Super Eagles perform in their rousing comeback victory over Cameroon?

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    Daniel Akpeyi: 4/10

    Made a crucial block to prevent an own goal with the score at 1-2. Still fails to exude confidence or calm, and while he's not directly to blame, he was given the eyes much too easily by N'Jie for Cameroon's second.
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    Chidozie Awazieim: 5/10

    A solid defensive effort, and he even managed to put in the cross which was chested down by Ahmed Musa for the equaliser. Struggled against the pace of Bassogog on occasion, however, and might have done better preventing the cross which was touched in by Bahoken in the first-half.
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    William Troost-Ekong: 4/10

    Not an assured showing. Was caught underneath a couple of high balls, failed to protect the near post on crosses from the left, and seemed slow to react to danger as it unfolded. Some of his long-range passing, however, was very good.
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    Kenneth Omeruo: 6/10

    Was beaten in the air by Bahoken for the second goal, but acquitted himself well otherwise. Got in some crucial blocks and tackles, and picked up the slack when Aina looked wobbly on occasion.
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    Ola Aina: 5/10

    Typically steady performance from Aina, who did better going forward than in the previous game. That said, he had a slightly calamitous 15 minutes either side of the half-time break when the old Aina, less assured and somewhat complacent, resurfaced.
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    Oghenekaro Etebo: 5/10

    Was robbed of the ball a little too often on the day, and his lack of discipline positionally was exposed by the movement of Eric Choupo-Moting. More than held his own in the physical stakes, however.
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    Wilfred Ndidi: 5/10

    His passing, over short and long distances, was a real downer on the day, in a game which seemed tailor-made for his talents. Simply was unable to assert himself as much as he can, and often does.
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    Alex Iwobi: 6/10

    Redeemed a weak first half with a much better second, and took his goal very well. As the game opened up, he began to really enjoy himself. There is a sense he is playing within himself still, though. Better movement ahead of him would be helpful.
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    Moses Simon: 5/10

    A wasteful showing from the Levante man, whose shooting radar was completely off today. Was unable to assert himself, even though he had the right intentions and nicely squirmed past a couple of challenges. Rightly substituted early in the second half.
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    Ahmed Musa: 4/10

    Negligible attacking contribution yet again from the captain, and yet he showed composure (or perhaps he slipped?) to cushion Awaziem's cross into the path of Ighalo for the equaliser. An important contribution does not, however, atone for a forward not taking any shots.
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    Odion Ighalo: 7/10

    His lack of movement can frequently frustrate, but it's impossible to argue with two goals and an assist. If anything, his ability to finish instinctively was the difference between defeat and victory for the Super Eagles. Coped well with Cameroon's physicality in defence, and dished some of it back.
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    Samuel Chukwueze: 5/10

    Was brought on to provide more direct dribbling, and he fulfilled that brief. It was not always successful though, as he found himself double-teamed, but he created some great chances, most notably for Ighalo to potentially complete his hat-trick.
  13. Paul Onuachu: N/A

    Came on too late for a proper rating.
  14. Leon Balogun: N/A

    Came on too late for a proper rating.