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Afcon Roundup: Salah strike gives Egypt a needed win, Nigeria Sink Sudan

On Saturday, only Group D teams competed in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Nigeria 3-1 Sudan

Nigeria won their second game in a row to stay on top of Group D and reach the knockout stages. They did this while still having a game to play.

In just three minutes, Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze scored a goal for the Super Eagles that gave them a 1-0 lead over Sudan, who haven’t played in an AFCON event since 2012.

Before and after halftime, Nigeria scored two more goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon. Sudan’s goal from Walieldin Khedr in the 70th minute was only a consolation for the African country.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Egypt

Egypt began their campaign with a close victory over Guinea-Bissau, after stumbling against Nigeria in their opening match. Who else except Mohamed Salah could have scored the game’s lone goal?

Egypt did not have everything their way, and it wasn’t until late in the second half that their domination resulted in a goal, courtesy of Salah’s close-range strike.

The Pharaohs struck the post three times over the 90 minutes, although Egyptian hearts were in mouths more than once in the closing stages when Mama Balde’s would-be equalizer was ruled out following a VAR review and goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy made a stoppage-time save.

 

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