Kenneth Omeruo’s first international goal helped the Super Eagles secure a 1-0 win against Guinea in their AFCON 2019 Group B fixture at the Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday, reports Completesports.com.
The win also means the Super Eagles are the first team to secure a place in the Round of 16 of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations .
The Super Eagles have also now secured their first win in five meetings against the Syli Nationale.
Omeruo netted the winner in the 73rd minute of the game.
Guinea who held the Barea of Madagascar to a 2-2 draw in their first game took the game to Super Eagles early on but found the Nigerian defence difficult to break down.
Odion Ighalo came close to breaking the deadlock for Nigeria in the seventh minute but the Shanghai Shenhua of China striker couldn’t control Ahmed Musa’s cross well and consequently fluffed the scoring chance
Ighalo missed a good chance to atone for that miss when he shot wide on the half hour mark when he was put clear on goal from Moses Simon’s pass.
The Super Eagles took total control of the game in the second half but struggled to carve out any real openings with Ighalo tightly marked by the Guinean defence.
Alex Iwobi forced a save out of Ibrahim Kone on the hour mark as the Super Eagles piled pressure on the Guinean defence.
The breakthrough finally came 17 minutes from time when Omeruo nodded home Moses Simon’s free-kick.
The Super Eagles who now top Group B with six points from two games will face the Barea of Madagascar in their last Group B game on Sunday at the Alexandria Stadium.
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