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Ivory Coast vs Nigeria 0-1: CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023

Ivory Coast vs Nigeria 0-1: CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023

Hosts Ivory Coast lose 1-0 to Nigeria in Group A of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan.
Ivory Coast beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in the tournament’s opening match but slip to third in the group and must win their final game.
Nigeria score from the spot through William Troost-Ekong to build on their disappointing 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea.
African footballer of the year, Victor Osimhen, wins the penalty and is named player of the match.
Equatorial Guines themselves climbed to the top in the day’s early game as they beat Guinea-Bissau 4-2.

Nigeria’s work rate left Ivory Coast chasing shadows.

Osimhen was alone in attack for the most part, so on that alone, he perhaps deserved the credit.

The African player of the year also had the first chance of the match but blazed over from a tight angle while under pressure.

Osimhen also won the penalty for Troost-Ekong to convert.

The five at the back worked for Nigeria as they restricted Ivory Coast to just one shot on target all match.

Equally, the Super Eagles had only three shots on target themselves, and one of those was the goal from the penalty spot.

Osimhen was isolated, but that’s for another day.

For now, Nigeria are close to qualifying, but the hosts must win on the final day of matches in the group as they slip to third.

A chance to pump the ball into the box.

The ball is headed clear.

They just can’t create an opening.

90+7 minutes: Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria



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