AFCON 2019 Quarter Finals: Nigeria defeat Cameroon to qualifyJuly 6, 2019
AFCON 2019 Quarter Finals: Nigeria defeat Cameroon to qualify
AFCON 2019 Quarter Finals…Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s triumphant objective as Nigeria dispensed with protecting Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after an exciting 3-2 triumph in Alexandria on Saturday.
China-based forward Ighalo packaged home a sketchy opener however Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon hit back through Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie with two brisk flame objectives before half-time.
Nigeria drew level as Ighalo volleyed in his second simply past the hour and he at that point went supplier to play in Iwobi to control home three minutes after the fact and set up the possibility of an exceedingly foreseen quarter-last conflict with hosts and top picks Egypt.
Seedorf’s inclination for change has seen the previous Dutch star intensely pivot his Cameroon side in Egypt, with Karl Toko Ekambi dropping to the seat here and 2017 player of the competition Christian Bassogog reviewed alongside Clinton Njie in an offer to revive a floundering assault.
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr paid the cost for resting key players in the stun 2-0 misfortune to Madagascar, with Wilfred Ndidi, Kenneth Omeruo, and Alex Iwobi all coming back to the beginning line-up.
The Super Eagles killed Cameroon in the principal knockout round the last time they were reigning heroes in 2004, and their offer to rehash history looked on when Ighalo prodded Nigeria ahead with a crude opening objective following 19 minutes.
Minutes after Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui fueled a header over at the opposite end, Peter Etebo snared a profound cross to the far post where it was driven back crosswise over objective by Omeruo and Ighalo cut home by means of an enormous avoidance that wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana.
It was the first run through Cameroon had surrendered in Egypt, however subsequent to scoring only twice in three gathering recreations the Indomitable Lions coordinated that yield in three furious minutes before half-time.
Bahoken pulled Cameroon level on 41 minutes when he ghosted in behind Omeruo to associate with a fabulous whipped cross from Bassogog, and Njie before long terminated them in front in the wake of outpacing Ola Aina to a flick-on, holding his nerve and equalization to slip past Daniel Akpeyi.
Njie almost improved of Akpeyi right off the bat in the subsequent half, Nigeria ‘manager brilliantly tearing the ball out from simply inside his post after the Marseille winger’s reduction was redirected towards the objective.
Rohr presented Samuel Chukwueze with an hour gone yet it was Ighalo, the top scorer in qualifying, who acted the hero afresh with a pounding complete after Ahmed Musa chested a cross into his way.
Ighalo joined Senegal star Sadio Mane on a competition driving three objectives and he assumed a key job in Iwobi’s unequivocal strike on 66 minutes, stringing the ball through to the Arsenal winger to side-foot past Onana.
Ngadeu-Ngadjui toed wide at a corner yet Cameroon attempted to compromise Nigeria, in the end, arranges with Ighalo denied a cap trap late on as Onana dove low on his right side to thump away the forward’s header.