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Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off – Tunisia v Nigeria

Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off – Tunisia v Nigeria


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Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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    Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    Odion Ighalo is in again, this time he plays it across the six-yard box and it’s hacked away. I’m surprised he didn’t go alone.

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    Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    Free-kick to Nigeria, Samuel Chukwueze lofts it in but nobody can get on the end of it.

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    Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    I doubt today’s game will be as dramatic as the 1978 third-place play-off between these teams.

    It was 1-1 when Tunisia’s players walked off the pitch in protest at a refereeing decision. Nigeria were given a 2-0 win.

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    Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    Tunisia striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who has been lively in this tournament although maybe lacking in quality a bit, has a chance but his shot is blocked and hits the side-netting.

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    Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    Free-kick to Tunisia but Wahbi Khazri slams it into the legs of the Nigerian wall.

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    Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    Odion Ighalo is looking good to win the Africa Cup of Nations golden boot now. That’s his fifth goal of the tournament.

    Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane are among the players next on three.

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    GOAL – Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria

    Odion Ighalo

    Absolutely dreadful from Tunisia and Nigeria lead already.

    Jamilu Collins leaves a defender on the floor and puts in a cross. Moez Ben Cherifia punches the ball off his defender Yassine Meriah and Odion Ighalo taps into an empty net.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Nigeria

    Londoner Ola Aina, who joined Torino from Chelsea this summer, is straight on the attack for Nigeria but his cross can’t find Odion Ighalo.

  12. KICK-OFF

    Tunisia 0-0 Nigeria

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  14. The third-place play-off kings

    Tunisia v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Maybe not a crown they’d want, but Nigeria are the ultimate third-place play-off team.

    They have played in six before today and won every won of them – beating Tunisia (1978), Cameroon (1992), Mali (2002 and 2004), Senegal (2006) and Algeria (2010).

    In fact they finished third another time too – in 1976 when then there was a four-team group to decide the winner.

    The Super Eagles have never finished fourth.

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  16. ‘We are not over Senegal defeat’

    Tunisia v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Tunisia coach Alain Giresse: “Our target was more than just reaching the semi-final. But now we focus in the game against Nigeria and hope to win the third place.

    “I believe this is going to be a psychologically tough encounter because we are not over that defeat from Senegal yet.

    “I cannot say all our players are fit after playing two extra times but we will do our best. This is football and we understand the whole team disappointment. But we have to forget that and focus on Nigeria game.”

  17. ‘This is a team with brilliant future’

    Tunisia v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr: “We will keep focused in the third place play-off and hope to sign off with a happy result.

    “I worked in Tunisia but on the pitch this means nothing. Both teams have similar ambitions and many young players who would like to win.

    “Alain Giresse is an experienced coach and I’m always happy to play against him. When you are one of the four best teams in the continent this is a good result and we have to build on it. This is a team with brilliant future.”

  18. Team news

    Tunisia v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Both sides make changes – albeit not wholesale ones – including new goalkeepers.

    Four changes for Tunisia – as goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia, defender Nassim Hnid and midfielders Ghailene Chaalali and Anice Badri come in.

    It’s a competitive debut for Hnid.

    Nigeria make two changes – with 20-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and former England Under-20 defender Ola Aina coming in.

    Tunisia: Ben Cherifia, Drager, Hnid, Meriah, Hadadi, Sassi, Skihiri, Chaaleli, Khenissi, Khazri, Badri.

    Nigeria: Uzoho, Aina, Ekong, Omeruo, Collins, Ndidi, Etebo, Musa, Iwobi, Chekwueze, Ighalo.


    Any thoughts on this game? Should there even be a third-place play-off?

    Tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

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    Tunisia v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    I know every semi-final defeat is heartbreaking, but both of these sides suffered late agony on Sunday.

    Tunisia took Senegal to extra time, but Dylan Bronn scored a 100th-minute own goal to cost his country.

    They were then awarded a penalty in the closing stages before the referee changed his mind after a VAR review.

    And Nigeria were literally one second away from going to extra time but Riyad Mahrez sent Algeria to the final with a brilliant free-kick deep into injury time.

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