AFCON 2019: Nigeria beats Guinea, qualify Round Of 16.
Super Eagles of Nigeria seal the round of 16 slot as they beats the Syli nationale of Guinea 1-0 in Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria.
Nigeria are the first team to qualify to the next round of the African Cup Of Nations via a Kenneth Omeruo brilliant header off Moses Simon lovely cross in 73rd minutes of the game.
The game get underway as Syli nationales came out with their hay game to disstabilise Eagles defence but the combination of Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo were solid.
Eagles also have couple of chances in the first half, Odion Ighalo twice on goal failed to deliver as the game come to an end goalless.
Into the second half, Eagles started well, created more chances, Ahmed had an overlapping which he went past two players with pace but got into the final third and failed with a blocked by the Sylis defender. Continually, they pressurise the defences and we had a corner from a through ball to Ighalo where the defender had to come all out to clear ball into corner for Eagles.
A lovely cross in the 73rd minutes from Moses Simon out Nigeria in front with a brilliant header by Kenneth Omeruo. Nigeria gathered momentum to get another from Ahmed Musa but was tired, had to pass in creating another opportunity to Ighalo but he was offside from the lineman view.
Guinea come basking to get level score from a free kick after Oghenekaro Etebo brought one of the players down on the left hand side from 19 yard out. The substitute Alhassane Bougoura played the worst free kick ever seen in modern day football in stylish way, Nigeria GK Akpeyi plays the ball in field as referee signals through the whistle for full time.
Rohr: I congratulate my players for the win because yesterday was a special day & I thank them for being professional. The 5 new players played well & we didn’t lose intensity as a result of the changes. I’m happy we scored from a corner because we practised that a lot.”
Rohr on the Super Eagles Lack of Goals: I’m not worried because we created plenty chances to score. We scored a beautiful goal against Burundi and today we scored from a corner which I think is a good thing.”
Nigeria tops with 6 points from two games while Guinea maintain one point from the group B as they start rock bottom.
Nigeria last group stage game against Madagascar will be on Saturday, 18:00 Nigerian time.