Afcon 2019: Algeria v Nigeria Player Ratings - Super Eagles fail to soar

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Nigeria suffered a late heartbreak as they exited Afcon at the hands of Les Fennecs. How did the players perform on the night?

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    Daniel Akpeyi: 3/10

    This was always likely to be the game in which he would face his sternest examination. He was weighed on the scales and found wanting. Never looked decisive: flapped at one cross, pushed another into the path of Belaili, and really should not have been beaten by Mahrez in the last minute on the side of the goal he was protecting.

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    Chidozie Awaziem: 5/10

    Defensively solid as always, and acquitted himself well against Youcef Belaili. Was painfully obvious, however, how limited the side is going forward by having him at full-back. Often took up good positions for switches of play, but lacked the technique and composure to take advantage.

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    William Troost-Ekong: 4/10

    Unfortunate for the own-goal, but his inability to get his body shape right got him in that pickle. His true level was sadly exposed here, as he struggled to get to grips with the movement of Baghdad Bounedjah, and while he won his duels, he did not do enough to dampen the striker’s enthusiasm.

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    Jamilu Collins: 4/10

    He was beaten with ease by Mahrez for the opening goal. His positioning as well was poor on occasion, even though he was able to make amends with his speed and recovery. However, there seems to be little to him going forward, which is a shame, as Nigeria could have done with a real threat from full-back on the day.

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    Kenneth Omeruo: 5/10

    Made a huge error to allow Bounedjah in for a big chance, but beyond that he was crucial to keeping the score down at times when it looked like the Super Eagles simply could not live with their Algerian counterparts. Some timely interceptions, in particular, stand out in memory.

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    Wilfred Ndidi: 4/10

    At some point, there has to be more to a midfield player than what he does without the ball. It was painfully clear, as Nigeria struggled to progress the ball through into the final third. This is a problem against top-class opposition. Added to that, he was unable to dominate the duels in the way he usually does.

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    Oghenekaro Etebo: 5/10

    Etebo covered a lot of ground in the middle of the park and had an indirect part in the equalizer. Lacks the ability to play into space as they open up, and took too long on the ball here, allowing Algeria to press and attack an exposed backline. Was at least more productive in the duels than his midfield partner.

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    Alex Iwobi: 6/10

    Cruelly under-used here, as the deep midfield duo could not progress the ball to him consistently. Whenever the Super Eagles were able to put together anything semi-threatening, he was at the heart of it: either making the right decision in transition, keeping control of the ball in a difficult circumstance, or getting the ball into the wide areas for the wingers to take their men on.

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    Samuel Chukwueze: 4/10

    Did not have the same sort of impact as he managed against South Africa. For one thing, Ramy Bensebaini held his own very well. However, the speed at which Algeria were able to get bodies close to him highlighted the importance of having a full-back threat to open up space.

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    Ahmed Musa: 3/10

    Put himself about in typically conscientious fashion, but was really ineffective going forward. Could not get the better of his man, his touch on passes was downright leaden, and he made consistently poor decisions in the final third.

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    Odion Ighalo: 4/10

    Hats off to him for his nerveless penalty. That was all he did all game long, aside from dragging a very presentable chance well wide of the far post in the first half. Offers no interesting runs for his teammates to pick out, is not a particularly intuitive presser of the ball, and cannot hold it up reliably.

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    Henry Onyekuru: 4/10

    One snapshot aside, which came after some clever positioning just inside the box, he was ineffectual in his time on the pitch. It might have helped for Gernot Rohr to play him on the flank where he is more comfortable.