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Breaking: Nigeria defeat Tunisia 1-0 to win AFCON 2019 bronze medal

- Nigeria defeat Tunisia to win AFCON 2019 bronze medal

- Odion Ighalo scored the only goal of the game after just three minutes of action

- The striker stretched his goal tally to five and might win the golden boot at the end of the tourney

Nigeria's Super Eagles wrapped up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia at the Cairo International Stadium.

Coach Gernot Rohr's men got the game off to a bright start in the early minutes of the game after Odion Oghalo handed his side the lead in the 3rd minute of the match.

The striker tapped in the ball from a goal mouth scramble from the Tunisian danger zone after Jamilu Collins made a run into the opponent's defence from the left flank.

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After the goal, the tempo of the game dropped as both teams failed to create convincing chances all through the remainder of the first half.

However, the Carthage Eagles made several attempts to get at least a goal to stretch the game into extra time but the Super Eagles were decent enough to defend their lone strike.

On the stroke of half time, Ighalo suffered a hamstring injury and he was escorted into the dressing room as he was unable to continue the game.

And former Golden Eaglets striker Victor Osimhen was handed his AFCON debut by the coach but the attacker also failed to make impact in the game.

Meanwhile, Ighalo could however emerged golden boot winner after scoring five goals at the 32nd edition of the championship.

This is Nigeria's eighth bronze medal having finished third in 1976, 78, '92, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2019.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has explained that the plan they had for the Super Eagles in the AFCON 2019 semifinal worked for them.

Nigeria's Super Eagles suffered heartbreaking 2-1 defeat against Algeria on Sunday, July 14, in which Manchester City striker Riyad Mahrez scored the winner in additional time.

Belmadi has now revealed that his side knew Nigeria used Ahmed Musa and Samuel Chukwueze directly with lot of pace and had to block them.

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