Sun. Oct 20th, 2019

Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon – Igahlo brace, Iwobi goal and the rest as it happened

Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s winning goal as Nigeria knocked title-holders Cameroon out of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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The Super Eagles took flight in a thrilling 3-2 victory in Alexandria on Saturday.

China-based forward Ighalo bundled home a scrappy opener but Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon hit back through Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie with two quick-fire goals before half-time.

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Clinton Njie of Cameroon celebrates goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Nigeria drew level as Ighalo volleyed in his second just past the hour and he then turned provider to play in Iwobi to steer home three minutes later and set up the prospect of a highly anticipated quarter-final clash with hosts and favourites Egypt.

Seedorf’s penchant for change has seen the former Dutch star heavily rotate his Cameroon side in Egypt, with Karl Toko Ekambi dropping to the bench here and 2017 player of the tournament Christian Bassogog recalled along with Clinton Njie in a bid to breathe life into a faltering attack.

The Super Eagles eliminated Cameroon in the first knockout round the last time they were reigning champions in 2004, and their bid to repeat history looked on when Ighalo nudged Nigeria ahead with a scrappy opening goal after 19 minutes.

Ighalo’s first goal vs Cameroon

Nijie goal vs Nigeria

Iwobi goal vs Cameroon

Nigeria vs Cameroon – As it happened


Additional reporting by AFP.

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