Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo heading in the right direction as Tremendous Eagles attain final eight, Mohamed Salah’s Egypt shocked by South Africa
Nigeria produced a second-half comeback to beat Cameroon 3-2 and e book their place within the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Tremendous Eagles had taken an early lead via Odion Ighalo’s deflected effort within the 19th minute, however Cameroon turned the match round with two fast targets simply earlier than half-time.
Stephane Bahoken received on the top of Christian Bassogog’s lofted cross to equalise within the 41st minute after which Clinton N’Jie confirmed good power to carry off a defender and slot in one other to place Cameroon forward.
Firstly of the second half, Marseille ahead N’Jie was denied by Nigeria keeper Daniel Akpeyi and Ighalo levelled issues up at 2-2 simply after the hour when he drilled in a volley.
Within the 66th minute, Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi produced a neat first-time end after working onto a go from Ighalo contained in the Cameroon field to edge Nigeria again in entrance.
Nigeria additionally noticed late probabilities for Ighalo and Ahmed Musa, however had already completed sufficient to ensure of a spot within the final eight.
South Africa stun Salah’s Egypt
South Africa shocked hosts Egypt 1-Zero to arrange a quarter-final with Nigeria.
Seven-time winners Egypt produced a lacklustre show and had been punished by Thembinkosi Lorch’s 85th-minute strike.
South Africa, winners in 1996, are via to simply their second quarter-final since 2002 and can face Nigeria on Wednesday.
Egypt struggled to create probabilities, with their greatest two openings of the sport each being squandered by Trezeguet, whereas Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was largely stored quiet.
South Africa had been the extra harmful staff within the first half and Percy Tau was denied a 22nd-minute opener when his free-kick was tipped over the crossbar by Mohamed El-Shenawy.
Bafana Bafana additionally went shut with 20 minutes to go when centre-back Thulani Hlatshwayo headed huge, however they had been to not be denied.
South Africa broke rapidly and Lebo Mothiba drew the final defender earlier than squaring for Lorch to confidently sweep past El-Shenawy.
Egypt couldn’t muster a response as they failed to achieve not less than the semi-finals at a house event for the very first time.