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Nigeria leads Group D with 1-0 defeat of Egypt

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The Nigerian soccer team to the African Cup of Nations, Super Eagles started their campaign in the AFCON 2021 with a 1-0 defeat of Egypt.

Leicester City attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho scored in the 30th minute to give the Super Eagles the lead.

Iheanacho crashed a half-volley from the edge of the box into the top corner after 30 minutes to settle the contest, but Nigeria should have added at least a couple more goals in what was the best performance by a team in the finals so far and a warning to their rivals

But the impressive Eagles sustained the tempo and wasted several other chances to score.

Egypt’s captain Mo Sallah was silent throughout the match managing only a shoot a goal.

Super Eagles, who top Group D with the victory, were dominant and impressive in the game.

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With today’s victory, Nigeria broke Egypt’s unbeaten record. Pharaohs were unbeaten in their last 16 group matches at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Before now, Egypt’s last defeat in the group phase dates back to the 2004 tournament when they lost 2-1 against Algeria.

The nightmare night for Egypt began with an unfortunate first half for Al Ahly left back Akram Elhagrasi as he tried to disarm fast- and endive left-handed sniper Moses Simon (FC Nantes), and had to be replaced (Mohamed, 11 ́) after contracting an injury to his lower limbs.

The Super Eagles had already issued the navigation notice with the intentions demonstrated by gunner Moses. In fact, when Moses was played 26 minutes again to be in the spotlight in an engaging counter-attacking move, in which he just did not score because the ball was bumping into the side netting of the Egyptian goalkeeper.

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