Soccer-Nigeria cruise into next stage of Cup of Nations with easy win

15/1/2022 9:22:00 PM
Soccer-Nigeria cruise into next stage of Cup of Nations with easy win

Soccer-Nigeria cruise into next stage of Cup of Nations with easy win

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Soccer-Nigeria cruise into next stage of Cup of Nations with easy win

(Reuters) - Nigeria recorded a comfortable 3-1 win over Sudan in Garoua on Saturday to stay top of Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations finals, ensuring that they progress to the knockout phase with a second successive victory.

It took Moses Simon just 30 seconds of the second half to add a third, but Sudan pulled a goal back with a fortuitous penalty, converted by Walieldin Khedr with 20 minutes left.Nigeria now have six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt on Tuesday, while Sudan have one point. Egypt and Guinea Bissau play their second Group D game later on Saturday at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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An early goal from Samuel Chukwueze provided a positive start and Taiwo Awoniyi netted their second on the stroke of half-time.Bande thrust his chest forward to steer in a cross from Isaa Kabore and secure a first Group A victory for his country, who lost their opening game to hosts Cameroon on Sunday.The two West African rivals share top spot in Group B with four points after winning their respective opening games on Monday.Selim Amallah scored after 16 minutes and Zakaria Aboukhlal struck at the final whistle to ensure the win after Youssef En-Nesyri had an 82nd minute penalty saved.

It took Moses Simon just 30 seconds of the second half to add a third, but Sudan pulled a goal back with a fortuitous penalty, converted by Walieldin Khedr with 20 minutes left. Nigeria now have six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt on Tuesday, while Sudan have one point. Bande was brought into the line-up to replace Bertrand Traore, who tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the match The Aston Villa striker was one of four players forced into quarantine, although the Burkinabe did get their coach Kamou Malo back out of isolation after he had missed Sunday’s opener. Egypt and Guinea Bissau play their second Group D game later on Saturday at the Roumde Adjia Stadium. (Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Toby Davis) Article type: metered. (Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Article type: metered . Cape Verde rarely threatened, even after bringing on Ryan Mendes as a second-half substitute in the first appearance for their star player, who had been injured and was not expected to feature.