AFCON 2019: Oghalo’s Goal Secures Nigeria’s Third-Place Finish

Odion Ighalo scored the only goal as Nigeria beat Tunisia in the third-place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ighalo, the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, tapped in after keeper Moez Ben Cherifia deflected the ball off his own defender Yassine Meriah.

Nigeria almost got the second goal when Ighalo squared the ball into the area but Meriah was at hand to clear it to safety.

In a slow-paced game between the two losing semi-finalists in Cairo, Tunisia went close to scoring an equaliser when Ferjani Sassi shrugged off Wilfred Ndidi before launching a long-range shot but the effort went an inch of the target. Another chance came to Ghaylene Chaalali who shot wide.

Tunisia made their first change in the 44th minute with Firas Chaouat replacing Taha Yassine Khenissi and moments before the half-time break, Ighalo was forced off after suffering an injury.

Samuel Victor Osimhen replaced the Ighalo at the start of the second half as the Super Eagles looked to take control of the game with a second goal.

Three-time winners Nigeria have now finished third eight times.

Tunisia, champions in 2004, needed a finger-tip save from Cherifia to deny Samuel Chukwueze in the second half and the keeper was called on again injury time to acrobatically save Samuel Kalu‘s free-kick.

Senegal will look for their first Afcon title when they face 1990 winners face Algeria in Friday’s final.

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