AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Beat Guinea-Bissau, Qualify For Round Of 16

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Beat Guinea-Bissau, Qualify For Round Of 16 

In the decisive Group A match of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series, Nigeria faced Guinea-Bissau, both tied at seven points.

 Despite a confident start, Nigeria lost the group leadership to the Central Africans.

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Coach Jose Peseiro made strategic lineup changes, with Kenneth Omeruo captaining in place of William Troost-Ekong and Joe Aribo replacing Alex Iwobi. 

Guinea-Bissau, eager to repeat their previous 1-0 win, posed a challenge.

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Early on, Victor Osimhen expressed Nigeria's intent with a shot that missed the mark. The Wild Dogs, despite Super Eagles' pressure, composed themselves.

 A fortuitous own goal by Opa Sangante in the 37th minute gave Nigeria the lead.

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Despite a chance for Osimhen to double the lead, the first half ended 1-0. In the second half, Simon missed a golden opportunity, and VAR ruled Osimhen offside in the 62nd minute.

 Nigeria finished runners-up in Group A with seven points, as Equatorial Guinea secured the top spot on goal difference after a 4-0 victory over Cote D'Ivoire.

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