The third-place fixture at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, was played between the two eagles – the Super and the Carthage.

Losing semi-finalists, Nigeria Super Eagles and Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles battled for the third and fourth spots in African football tournament.

Both losers from their last games were hoping to end their campaign on a high note. More so because only the winners were to get medals for their victory.

Third place playoff.

An early strike by striker Odion Ighalo settled the third-place fixture at the AFCON in Cairo.

The Super Eagles went above the Carthage Eagles to win the bronze spot of Africa’s biggest soccer campaign.

Ighalo is in line to be the top scorer of the AFCON after scoring his fifth goal of the tournament. He was, however, subbed in injury time of first half after a suspected strain.

FULL TIME: Nigeria wins bronze at AFCON 2019
90’ – 5 minutes of added.
80’ – Into the final 10 mins. Nigeria were holding on to their slim lead.
70’ – Tunisia up the tempo using Khazri.
60’ – Tunisia regained control of the game.
53’ – Khazri shoots the ball goes straight into the wall.
47’ – Miss! Chaouat shoots straight into the side net.
46’ – Ighalo’s 2nd minute goal remains the only difference.

  • Super Eagles topscorer Odion Ighalo subbed after reportedly pulling a strain.

45’ Half time
31’ – 45’ – Open changes for both sides.
30’ – Quarter of an hour to end the first half….
29’ – Haddadi shot is collected by Uzoho.
26’ – Ndidi’s poor finish
15’ – Sassi couldn’t direct his shot towards goal.
10’ – Nigeria -more dominant in the opening 10 minutes.
2’ – Goalll! Nigeria have the first goal inside 2 minutes through Ighalo
1’ – Kick off

NIGERIA

Nigeria qualified as second best in groups B after Madagascar pulled an upset by beating them 2 – 0 to top the group. They kicked out defending champions Cameroon in a five-goal thriller at the round-of-16 level, before eliminating South Africa by two goals to one at the quarter-final stage.

Mahrez last minute free kick pulled them out of the Finale.

TUNISIA

Tunisia managed three draws in Group E and finished second in Group E behind Mali. They beat Ghana in the round-of-16 stage and kicked out Madagascar.

The semi-finals clash against Senegal traveled into extra time but an extra-time strike meant that that Senegalese side managed to avoid penalties which they used to eliminate Ghana in the round-of-16.

Battle of the West and North of Africa. Tunisia have lost only a game, Nigeria have lost two – Madagascar, Algeria.

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