Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria, William Troost-Ekong’s second-half penalty earns Super Eagles a narrow victory against hosts

Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria, William Troost-Ekong’s second-half penalty earns Super Eagles a narrow victory against hosts

The Super Eagles won a tough duel between 2024 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Ivory Coast and Nigeria thanks to a second-half penalty from captain Troost-Ekong. After VAR determined Victor Osimhen had been fouled, the defender scored the game’s sole goal from 12 yards out. Nigeria leads Group A with four points after two games, while Ivory Coast has three.

Troost-Ekong’s penalty clinched Nigeria’s victory against hosts Ivory Coast, swinging Group A back in the Super Eagles’ direction at the Africa Cup of Nations.
After drawing their first game against Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria were well worth their narrow victory, which came after a contentious second-half penalty when Diomande was ruled to have clipped Osimhen.

Captain Troost-Ekong stepped up to score from the spot, and Nigeria was able to hold off Ivory Coast and move up to second place in the standings.

Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria, William Troost-Ekong's second-half penalty earns Super Eagles a narrow victory against hosts

Equatorial Guinea remains in first place and will face Ivory Coast on Monday, while Nigeria will be optimistic about their prospects against Guinea-Bissau.
Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria may all still advance, with third place potentially enough to qualify for the knockout phase – but Thursday’s result increases the pressure on the hosts moving into the last round of Group A games.

Osimhen may have scored in their last encounter and earned the penalty that finally won them the game on Thursday, but Nigeria needs more from its star striker, who, in turn, requires more service if they are to go the far in this tournament.

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The Napoli attacker squandered a wonderful opportunity in the first half when he could have done better, capping off a terrible evening for him personally.

Of course, many attackers miss opportunities, and it didn’t cost them today, but unless he improves his finishing, you fear it may cost Nigeria in crucial situations.

That being said, he possesses the ability to make reparations and truly demonstrate to the continent and the world why he is the reigning African Footballer of the Year.


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