Odion Ighalo inspired Nigeria to a 3-2 victory over the indomitable lions of Cameroon.
The Super Eagles forward score a brace and assisted the winner as they came from behind to record a famous 3-2 victory having trailed 1-2 at the half time.
The first goal of the game came in the 19th minute after a mixed up play from Kenneth Omeruo, whose effort inside the 18yard box found Ighalo, his effort deflected on the Cameroon defender into the net to give the Super Eagles the lead.
Cameroon however recovered in the 41st minute when a wonderful ball from Bassogog found an unmarked Bahoken who blasted the ball into the net for the equalizer. Bassogog soon turn provider as his flick pass found N’jie who dazzled pass Ola Aino and slotted in a beautiful goal as the Lions took the lead for the first time in the game.
After a couple of sloppy play in the late stages of the first half, the Super Eagles came out firing at all ends in the second half, dominated the game and in the 63rd minute Ighalo leveled up the game from a close range after a lovely assist from Ahmed Musa. Three minutes later, Ighalo freed up Alex Iwobi with a through ball and the Arsenal Man made no mistake firing pass Onana.
The indomitable lions tried to find their way back into the game as they kept putting pressure on the Super Eagle’s back-line but they held strong to their lead as the game ended in 3-2 victory for the Super Eagles who booked their place in the quarter-final.
SOUTH AFRICA STUNS EGYPT
South Africa stunned hosts Egypt 1-0 to set up a quarter-final with the Super Eagles.
Seven-time winners Egypt produced a lacklustre display against the Bafana Bafana who came into the game as undergods and Egypt paid the price as they were punished by Thembinkosi Lorch’s 85th-minute strike.
South Africa, winners in 1996, are through to just their second quarter-final since 2002 and will face Nigeria on Wednesday.
Egypt struggled to create chances, with their best two openings of the game both being squandered by Trezeguet, while Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was largely kept quiet.
Egypt couldn’t recover as they failed to reach at least the semi-finals at a home tournament for the very first time