Tunisia vs Nigeria (LIVE UPDATES): Super Eagles fight for bronze

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles will on Wednesday night try to ensure they get a medal from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Coach Gernot Rohr’s men are set for a crunch battle against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia tonight in Cairo.

Tunisia lost to Senegal 0-1 after extra-time, while Nigeria conceded a last-minute goal to fall 1-2 to Algeria in the semi-final matches played over the weekend.

While ruing those painful losses, Rohr and his opposite number, Alain Giresse, have both given assurances they would take Wednesday night’s match seriously.

The two managers, however, hinted that they may be ringing changes in their respective teams.

For the third-place match, Francis Uzoho has been given the nod to start in goal for Nigeria.

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This is the debut AFCON appearance for the former first-choice goalkeeper.

In defence, Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong are the preferred central defenders with Jamilu Collins occupying the left fullback position.

Chidozie Awaziem who usually completes the quartet at the backline is not available tonight as he is suspended owing to card accumulation.

This development has seen Torino’s Ola Aina return to the starting XI.

Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi start in front of the defence and Arsenal star Alex Iwobi will play in an advanced midfield position.

In the frontline, wingers Samuel Chukwueze and Ahmed Musa will be featuring alongside Odion Ighalo who is the top scorer at AFCON 2019 with four goals.

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Kickoff: 8.00 p.m.

Nigeria Starting XI Vs Tunisia: Uzoho; Aina, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Collins; Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi; Chukwueze, Ighalo, Musa.


The National anthems of both teams rendered.. And we are set for the kick off


Super Eagles with the kickoff


This is the fifth meeting Nigeria and Tunisia at Afcon


Goal!


Odion Ighalo with his fifth goal of the tournament


Poor goalkeeping gifts Nigeria the lead


Free kick for Tunisia


Ola Aina with a good pass to Iwobi who gives away the possession


Omeruo deflects the ball for a corner kick


Free kick for Nigeria


Chukwueze flicks it in but saved by the goalkeeper


Chance for Nigeria.. Ighalo tries a pass to Chukwueze in the box.. Cleared by the Tunisia defenders


Sassi tries a shot from outside the box but it is off target


Nice block by Aina


Yellow card for Ndidi


Another free kick conceded in a dangerous position


Khazri takes the kick for Tunisia but hits the wall


Omeruo clears the ball away to relieve the pressure


24 minutes.. Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria


24 minutes.. Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria


Wilfred Ndidi fires over the bar


Corner kick for Nigeria


Back to back corner kicks.. Chukwueze takes this


Ball hits the referee


Drop ball and Tunisia with the possession agian


Poor free kick by Etebo


Oghenekaro Etebo crosses the ball into the box from the free kick


Throw in for Nigeria


Tunisia with a quick free kick


40 minutes gone… Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria


Taha Yassine Khenissi is down injured and receives medical treatment on the field


The referee signals a free kick as Ferjani Sassi from Tunisia trips Wilfred Ndidi


Play has been stopped because there Ighalo is lying on the pitch.


Half Time.. Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria


Second half already underway


Anice Badri puts in a dangerous cross….Uzoho makes an easy save


Free kick as Osimhen trips Ghilane Chaalali


Another Yellow card this time for Ghilane Chaalali for his rash challenge on Etebo


Tunisia looking to get back into the game


Wahbi Khazri from Tunisia is ruled offside


Ball possession: Tunisia: 53%, Nigeria: 47%


Tunisia Mohamed Draeger goes for goal, but his effort was never close to hitting the target.


Great skill from Victor Osimhen as he dribbles past his opponents but Tunisia survive the scare


Uzoho appears injured


Game back on.. Getting quite physical though


Kenneth Omeruo is down injured and receives medical treatment on the field.


Samuel Chukwueze is leaving the field to be replaced by Samuel Kalu


Kalu almost scores for Nigeria


Save by the Tunisia keeper


Moses Simon is ruled offside


Full Time.. Tunisia 1-0 Nigeria

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