Athletics Information of Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Nigeria became the initial group to qualify for the past 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as they beat Guinea 1-.
A few-time winners Nigeria scored the only aim in the 73rd minute when Moses Simon’s right-wing corner was headed in at the in close proximity to put up by Kenneth Omeruo.
They now have six points from their two online games following a 1- acquire above Burundi in their 1st match on Saturday.
The prime two nations in each of the six teams advance, along with the 4 ideal third-positioned international locations.
Nigeria dropped captain John Mikel Obi, who played for Middlesbrough in 2018-19, but their side did include things like Brighton defender Leon Balogun, Stoke midfielder Peter Etebo, Leicester midfielder Wilfried Ndidi and Arsenal ahead Alex Iwobi.
The Gunners male experienced one particular of the ideal chances when it was goalless with a curled effort and hard work from just exterior the penalty place, but Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone made a spectacular a person-handed help you save to drive it in excess of the bar.
Guinea’s aspect bundled Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, who was making his 1st start for club or state since 1 Might, when he picked up a groin harm in the Reds’ 3- decline to Barcelona in the very first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Nonetheless, Keita gained some robust challenges and only lasted 71 minutes prior to he was substituted.
He was replaced just ahead of a Nigeria corner and Guinea, who now have just one position from their two matches, went guiding promptly thanks to Omeruo’s header.
The other two nations in Group B, Madagascar and Burundi, perform on Thursday (15:30 BST), prior to Burundi get on Guinea and Madagascar encounter Nigeria in the closing spherical of team online games on Sunday.