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Guinea-Bissau v Nigeria

Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Nigeria: Super Eagles keep 100 per cent group record

23:34 SAST 2022/01/19
Nigeria vs Guinea Bissau
Austin Eguavoen's men sealed their dominance in Group D with another win at the Roumde Adjia Stadium on Wednesday

Nigeria defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0 to finish their group campaign at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a 100 per cent win record.

After a goalless first half, goals from Umar Sadiq and William Troost-Ekong helped the three-time African champions grab nine points after three games in Group D.

Following victories over Egypt and Sudan in previous games, Eguavoen made eight changes to his starting XI on Wednesday which included Sadiq, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, Semi Ajayi, Chidera Ejuke and Kelechi Nwakali.

Guinea-Bissau made an inspiring start to the encounter with Mame Balde using his first touch to beat Ajayi but an onrushing Uzoho kept the ball out of danger with his save.

In the 15th minute, Nigeria had their first chance at goal with Nwakali’s cross from a set-piece situation but Ajayi’s header was wide off target.

It did not take long for the Super Eagles to split the Djurtus’ defence with Iwobi’s lobbed pass to Sadiq in the 20th minute but the striker’s initial touch ended the attack.

Another chance came through Nwakali to Sadiq in the 20th minute but the Almeria striker, in a one-on-one situation, tried to dribble goalkeeper Maurice Gomis and he was eventually dispossessed by Opa Sangante.

Nigeria's first shot on target came on the half-hour mark when Iheanacho found a little bit of space following Nwakali's corner-kick but his strike went directly to Gomis’ hands.

The Super Eagles started the second 45 minutes as the better side and they were rewarded with the opening goal through Sadiq in the 56th minute after a fine left-footed pass from Iheanacho.

Immediately after he scored his maiden goal for Nigeria, the 24-year-old made way for Peter Olayinka to make his international debut while Simon replaced Ejuke.

Simon boosted Nigeria's attack and quest for a second goal with his runs and dribbles which paid off in the 75th minute.

Following his individual brilliance into the Guinea-Bissau defence, the Nantes winger fired a stunning shot that hit the crossbar and fell in the path of Troost-Ekong to put into an empty net.

It took a lengthy VAR check to verify if the captain was not in an offside position and the goal was eventually passed by Kenyan referee Kamaku Waweru.

A few minutes later, Baciro Cande's side had their opportunity to pull a goal back through Fali Cande's free-kick just outside of the Super Eagles' penalty area but it was deflected by Iheanacho for a corner-kick.

The West Africans ended the tournament without scoring a goal and they finished their campaign in Cameroon at the bottom of Group D while Egypt took the second spot after a 1-0 win over Sudan.

Mohamed Abdelmonem's 35th-minute goal was enough for the Pharaohs to finish behind Nigeria with six points.

Eguavoen’s side will play the third-best team from Group E or F in the round of 16 in Garoua on Sunday.