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Super Eagles beat E-Guinea 3-1, book Q-Final spot

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Goals from Anthony Okpotu, Ojo Solomon and Rabiu Ali saw off Equatorial Guinea and ensured that the Super Eagles sailed smoothly into the quarter-finals of the ongoing Championship for African Nations, CHAN in Morocco.

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Having four points from their first two games, all the Eagles needed was a draw to book a quarter final berth but won instead to top the group with seven points.

Things didn’t initially go as planned as the opponent took a surprise lead in the 40th minute from a corner kick through Secundino Nsi who was left completely unmarked to freely head and put the ball beyond a helpless Ikechukwu Ezenwa to end the first half with a 1-0 lead.

From the blast of the Ivorian referee’s whistle to begin the second half, the Super Eagles took the game to their opponent, firing from all cylinders and raking up a total of 18 shots on goal in the process.

Okpotu began the comeback in the 58th minute by brilliantly beating his marker to head a fantastic cross from Osas Okoro beyond the Guinean goalkeeper who could do nothing but watch the ball hit the back of his net.

The Eagles showed they were not done yet and meant business when Ojo Solomon rocketed from outside the box to put Nigeria 2-1 ahead in the  69th minute.

Rabiu Ali put the icing on the cake and made the sure the Guineans went home without a single point when he converted a spot kick in the 83rd minute after Okpotu was fouled in the box.

The Salisu Yusuf side finished as winners of the group C with seven points while Libya who beat Rwanda thanks to a 93rd minute goal finished second with six points.

Both teams will know their quarter-final opponents when teams in Group D play on Wednesday to finish group stage games.

 

 

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