The Super Eagles defeated Guinea-Bissau but will need to improve their performance if they want to win the AFCON tournament.
An own goal from Opa Sangante was enough to seal all three points against Guinea-Bissau for Nigeria, as they head to the round of sixteen with seven points, Soccernet.ng reports.
Nigeria were the favourites to defeat win at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as Guinea-Bissau had not won any group game prior to this evening’s clash.
The Super Eagles were in charge for most of the game but could have scored more goals if they were more clinical.
Soccernet.ng looks at five things we learned from the fixture.
1. Samuel Chukwueze’s decision-making cost the Super Eagles.
Chukwueze’s poor decision-making has been the highlight of his AFCON tournament so far. The A.C. Milan right winger gets into good positions and makes great runs, but has been very poor in the final third and showed that today again.
2. Moses Simon’s crosses are poor.
Just like Chukwueze on the right wing, Simon struggled on the left wing. The Nantes man played in one direction throughout the game and was unable to impress. He completed just one cross, with the majority of his pullouts turning out to be overhit or under-hit.
3. Ola Aina is very good on both sides.
After a colossal performance against Ivory Coast, Ola Aina impressed again this evening. The Nottingham Forest full-back played on the left side today, with Bright-Osayi playing on the right, and barely put a foot wrong all game. He combined with the attackers well and was solid defensively.
4. Nigeria finish Group A unbeaten.
A draw against Equatorial Guinea, and wins against Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast saw the Super Eagles finish one of the toughest groups unbeaten. Jose Peseiro’s men scored three goals and conceded just one goal, finishing second in the group, behind Equatorial Guinea on goal difference.
5. The 3-4-3 formation keeps the Super Eagles compact at the back.
The Nigerian coach switched to a back-three formation after the game against Equatorial Guinea, and his team have not conceded any goal since then. The team have looked compact and always have the opposition attack covered and outnumbered.