May 26, 2024

The three-time champions had not triumphed in any of their previous four tournament games.

On matchday two of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria stunned Cote d’Ivoire with a thrilling 1-0 victory, Nigeria secured their first-ever victory on Ivorian territory thanks to a penalty kick early in the second half by William Troost-Ekong, who scored the game’s lone goal for the Super Eagles.

How it took place.

Calvin Bassey and Samuel Chukwueze replaced Alhassan Yusuf and Moses Simon in the starting lineup that drew with Equatorial Guinea on the first day, according to head coach Jose Peseiro’s two alterations.

Nigeria arranged themselves in a 3-4-3 configuration, with Bassey lining up alongside Semi Ajayi and William Troost-Ekong in defense with Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi filling in as wing-backs.

Star attacker Victor Osimhen was partnered in attack by Chukwueze and Lookman, with Stanley Nwabali continuing in goal.

Nigeria got the first opportunity to score despite the system adjustment, but Onyeka missed the mark with a shot from the edge of the box.

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In the eighth minute, Osimhen had his chance to miss a chance as he raced through on goal but smacked his effort high and wide.

The goalkeeper Nwabali had to use cunning to stop Christian Kouame’s left-footed shot as Cote d’Ivoire struck back right away.

Until the referee gave the all-clear to end the first half, it was a fierce struggle in the middle of the park.

Nigeria seized the lead ten minutes into the second half thanks to a penalty kick.

After Osimhen was flagged for a foul by VAR in the Ivorian box, captain Troost-Ekong converted from 12 yards out with remarkable composure.

Even with the lead, the Super Eagles did not slow down and kept producing good opportunities; however, Osimhen and Onyeka’s bad headers prevented them from extending their lead.

Shortly after, Cote d’Ivoire picked up the pace of the match, but Nigeria held on for the victory with little to be done by goalkeeper Nwabali.

What comes next?

After two games, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea share the top spot in Group A with four points apiece.

On matchday three, the Super Eagles will take on Guinea-Bissau, who are pointless, in hopes of earning a point that will advance them to the knockout stage.

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