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Pulse Recap: Super Eagles win again, book round of 16 spot; Egypt wins

January 16th 2022, 7:00:00 am

Nigeria has joined Cameroon and Morocco as the teams to confirm their place in the knockout round

Moses Simon (Nigeria)

Nigeria's Super Eagles have confirmed their place in the AFCON2021 knockout round after just two matches in the group stages.

Elsewhere, seven-time winners, Egypt, returned to winning ways in the other match played on Saturday in Group D.

The Pulse Recap reviews what happened on matchday 7 in the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON2021 in Cameroon.

The Super Eagles made it back-to-back wins in the AFCON for the second consecutive time following a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sudan on Saturday.

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Nigeria made their intentions known as early as possible when Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring in the third minute with a calm finish from close range.

The Eagles created several chances but failed to take any of them with William Troost-Ekong and Joe Aribo all coming close.

Bundesliga-based Taiwo Awoniyi, however, doubled the advantage just before the break, it was his first international goal for Nigeria and what a time to get it.

It was the first time since 1992 that Nigeria's Super Eagles had scored two goals in the first half in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The second half saw Nigeria extend the lead to three goals when the man of the match, Moses Simon combined with Kelechi Iheanacho before calmly putting the ball past Ali Aboeshren to give Nigeria a commanding lead.

Sudan's Jediane Falcons did pull one back from a late penalty but it was nothing but a consolation goal.

Mohamed Salah scored a beauty as Egypt won their first game of the tournament against Sudan.

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Egypt kicked off AFCON2021 with a 1-0 loss to Nigeria but bounced back in the second game in a keenly contested tie against the Jediane Falcons on Saturday.

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Liverpool's Mo Salah was the hero for the Pharaohs as his 69th-minute strike was enough to beat Sudan and earn the seven-time AFCON champions their first win of the 2021 edition.

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