Afcon 2021: Nigeria cruise into last 16 after beating Sudan

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Samuel Chukwueze celebrates his early goal for NigeriaNigeria have won the Nations Cup three times, with their most recent triumph coming in 2013

Nigeria cruised to a 3-1 victory over Sudan at the Africa Cup of Nations which booked their spot in the last 16.

Samuel Chukwueze set the ball rolling for the Super Eagles in the third minute from a Moses Simon pull-back.

Nigeria doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when the ball went in off Taiwo Awoniyi and Simon rolled in a third straight after the restart.

Walieldin Khedr pulled a goal back for Sudan from the penalty spot after Ola Aina was penalised for a challenge.

The Nigeria right-back was adjudged to have fouled Secretary Birds defender Mustafa Karshoum, pulling his shirt as a corner was swung in, following a video assistant referee review.

Nigeria had won their Group D opener against Egypt 1-0, and the result against a side ranked 125th in the world was never in doubt after Villarreal forward Chukwueze slotted into the bottom left-hand corner from the centre of the box.

The Nigeria Football Federation's decision to replace long-serving coach Gernot Rohr just four weeks before the tournament looks to have paid off, as interim boss Augustine Eguavoen once again saw his side put in a largely dominant performance in Garoua.

The second was a somewhat freak goal, as a clearing header from Salaheldin Nemer cannoned in off Awoniyi, but the West Africans could have had further first-half goals as William Troost-Ekong had an effort blocked and Joe Aribo hit the post.

The Super Eagles, who are chasing a fourth Nations Cup triumph, know they will face a third-placed side in the last 16 if they can top Group D, and they round off their group campaign against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday (19:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Nigeria

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Okoye
  • 2AinaBooked at 69mins
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 22Omeruo
  • 12Sanusi
  • 10Ayodele-AriboSubstituted forNwakaliat 65'minutes
  • 4Ndidi
  • 17ChukwuezeSubstituted forIwobiat 45'minutes
  • 15Simon
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forMusaat 65'minutes
  • 19AwoniyiSubstituted forSadiqat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ajayi
  • 7Musa
  • 8Onyeka
  • 11Onyekuru
  • 13Ejuke
  • 16Akpeyi
  • 18Iwobi
  • 21Ebuehi
  • 23Uzoho
  • 24Sadiq
  • 25Nwakali
  • 26Ndah

Sudan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Abou Achrine
  • 12Saeed Elfadni
  • 5NemerSubstituted forHakeemat 88'minutes
  • 6Abdelgader Karshoum
  • 17Alnour Mohamed
  • 14Al Rashed Mahamoud Shambaly
  • 21Khedr Safour Daiyeen
  • 11Abas OmerSubstituted forMahjoub Musa Kanoat 45'minutes
  • 15HamedSubstituted forHusseinat 64'minutes
  • 9Omer YagoubSubstituted forOmar Abdalla Makkiat 88'minutes
  • 25Alshareif EisaSubstituted forHussien Nooh Mohamedat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hakeem
  • 3Hassan
  • 4Ismael Ahmed Ismail
  • 8Hussein
  • 16Mohamed
  • 18Omar Abdalla Makki
  • 19Mahjoub Musa Kano
  • 20Zakaria Abakar
  • 22Hussien Nooh Mohamed
  • 23Mohamed Ahmed
  • 24Aldkhn
  • 28Abdeen Maki

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Nigeria 3, Sudan 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Nigeria 3, Sudan 1.

  3. Kelechi Nwakali (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Foul by Mohamed Hussein (Sudan).

  5. Attempt missed. Zaidu Sanusi (Nigeria) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

  6. Attempt blocked. Mohamed Al Rashed (Sudan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mustafa Elfadni with a cross.

  7. Attempt missed. Umar Sadiq (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

  8. Umar Sadiq (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Mohamed Hakeem (Sudan).

  10. Substitution, Sudan. Mohamed Hakeem replaces Salaheldin Nemer because of an injury.

  11. Substitution, Sudan. Sharif Makki replaces Abdelrazig Omer.

  12. Foul by Umar Sadiq (Nigeria).

  13. Salaheldin Nemer (Sudan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Umar Sadiq (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Foul by Salaheldin Nemer (Sudan).

  16. Substitution, Nigeria. Umar Sadiq replaces Taiwo Awoniyi.

  17. Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria).

  18. Mohamed Hussein (Sudan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Algozoli Hussien (Sudan).

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