Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Super Eagles to battle Cameroon in AFCON Round of 16

Super Eagles to battle Cameroon in AFCON Round of 16

What a three minutes from the Super Eagles!

Title-defenders square off against title-hopefuls Nigeria.

With the half-time break closing in, the Indomitable Lions were rewarded with an equaliser in the 41st minute.

They scored two goals also.

Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi's winning goal as Nigeria eliminated defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after a thrilling 3-2 victory in Alexandria on Saturday. "We lost against South Africa at home 2-0 and then was the Cameroon game, and then we lost to Madagascar 2-0 and it's again Cameroon, so it can be a good omen, I hope so".

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Njie almost got the better of Akpeyi early in the second half, the Nigerian 'keeper superbly clawing the ball out from just inside his post after the Marseille winger's cutback was deflected towards goal. While Nigeria surrendered Group B leadership to Madagascar on Sunday, Cameroon on Tuesday also failed to live up to expectations and were held to a goalless draw by low rated Benin Republic thus surrendering Group F leadership to rivals, Ghana.

Many had thought it was the Lions of Cameroon that would top the Group so talks about the Super Eagles and the Black Stars meeting in the Round of 16 resonated widely. Wilfred Ndidi played Moses Simon in to space down the right-hand side of the box, who cut inside on his left but could not hit the target.

However, on the 44th minute, Banana's long-ball up field was flicked on by Bahoken for Clinton N'Jie to score Cameroon's second goal in a one-on-one situation with Daniel Akpeyi.

In the 51st minute, the Indomitable Lions came close to extending their lead. Chidozie Awaziem curled a delivery in to the box before Musa chested the ball in to the path of Ighalo, who rifled the ball in to the back of the net first-time on the volley.

There were no further clear-cut scoring opportunities as the Super Eagles knocked out the defending champions.

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