Nigeria saw a great display of football in the African Cup of Nations as they won their tournament opener against Mohammad Salah’s Egypt. The two favorites are placed in group D. In their clash against each other, Egyptians did seem a pretty strong side with the big name of Mohamad Salah leading their ranks but on the day the Nigerian side was too good for them.
The team lineups for the game were as follows:
Nigeria (4-2-2-2): Okoye; Aina, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo (sub Ajayi 79), Sanusi; N’Didi, Aribo; Chukwueze (sub Ejuke 72), Simon (sub Iwobi 90+1); Iheanacho (sub Nwakali 80), Awoniyi (sub Sadiq 72)
Egypt played with a formation of (4-3-3)
El Shanawy; Tawfik (sub Monem 12), Hegazy, Hamdy (sub Sherif 90), Fattoh (sub Ashraf h/t); Fathi, Trezeguet (sub Zizo 58), Elneny; Mohamed (sub Sobhi 58), Salah, Marmoush
After a hesitant start, the Leicester attacker hammered home a goal from within the box from Joe Aribo’s headed knock-down in the first half, as the Super Eagles won their sixth 1-0 victory in the opening eight matches of this tournament.
Egypt dominated the possession by 57-43 but they weren’t able to convert that into many scoring opportunities. They managed only 5 shots out of which two were on target. On the other hand, Nigerians had more attempts at the opponent’s goal. They took 15 shots with 5 of them being on target and 1 converted into that amazing goal.
Mohammad Salah had a disappointing night as he could not get much involved during the game, but hopefully, he will have more chances in the coming games of the tournament.
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