AFCON 2019: Nigeria takes 3rd place, beat Tunisia 1-0

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo scored the only goal as Nigeria beat Tunisia in the third-place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ex-Watford striker Ighalo tapped in after Tunisia keeper Moez Ben Cherifia deflected the ball off his own defender Yassine Meriah.

In a slow-paced game between the two losing semi-finalists in Cairo, Tunisia went close as Ferjani Sassi and Ghaylene Chaalali shot wide.

Three-time winners Nigeria have now finished third eight times.

Tunisia, champions in 2004, needed a finger-tip save from Cherifia to deny Samuel Chukwueze in the second half and the keeper was called on again injury time to acrobatically save Samuel Kalu’s free-kick.

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Senegal will look for their first Afcon title when they face 1990 winners face Algeria in Friday’s final.

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