AFCON: Super Eagles draw 1-1 with Equatorial Guinea
Africa Cup of Nations underdogs Equatorial Guinea extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to seven matches following a 1-1 draw with traditional heavyweights Nigeria at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé in Ivory Coast.
Equatorial Guinea drew first blood in the 37th minute when Iban Salvador scored a well-placed shot, leaving the Super Eagles’ goalie, Stanley Nwabali, motionless.
Though, their lead lasted for only two minutes, as Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, who had earlier been selfish by blazing into the sky instead of finding a teammate, got Nigeria’s equaliser.
With time running out for Nigeria to avoid a somewhat humbling result, all eyes were on Osimhen to deliver the goods.
However, the Napoli striker’s finishing would let him down at the crucial moment, as he frustratingly miscued his nation’s final goalscoring opportunity the wrong side of the post.
A share of the spoils at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé hands Equatorial Guinea their first-ever point against Nigeria in an international tournament.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will surely want to bounce back against hosts Ivory Coast on Thursday – with the Elephants already sitting atop of Group A after beating Guinea Bissau on Saturday.