The Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated Sudan’s Falcons 3-1 to qualify for the round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Moses Simon, were all on the score sheet to ensure Nigeria bag maximum 6 points from their two games.
Samuel Chukwueze put the Eagles ahead in the third minute of play as he latched on to a precise pass deep inside the box from Moses Simon, and he beat the goalkeeper with a low shot into the middle of the goal.
The Nigerian side, as expected, dominated play and missed a couple of scoring chances.
In the 20th minute, Wilfred Ndidi latched on to a superb cross inside the box but he only hit the crossbar with a fine header.
A long pass into the box on 36 minutes was latched onto by Taiwo Awoniyi, who looked up and slammed a terrific shot past the keeper but onto the right post.
Five minutes later, Joe Aribo met a cross in the box and found some space for a shot. He produced an inaccurate effort that went wide of the right post. Awoniyi made it 2-0 for Nigeria in 45th minute, as he rose high to beat the goalkeeper with a perfect header. He headed the ball inside the left post.
Moses Simon scored Nigeria’s third goal in 46th minute, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box to beat the goalkeeper with a low shot into the middle of the net.
Sudan pulled one back from the penalty spot following a foul by Aina in the Nigerian box.
Walieldin Khidir ran up to the ball, stopped and waited for Maduka Okoye to commit before slotting the penalty into the right of the goal.