In what can be easily regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the African Cup of Nations, The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been defeated 2-0 by lowly ranked Madagascar, and as a result, Madagascar has topped Nigeria as group winners.
Madagascar, AFCON debutant stunned the star-studded Super Eagles to top group B with 7 points to Nigeria’s 6 points.
Everyone was expecting the Nigerian side to easily beat the AFCON debutant, but a poor showing by Super Eagles puts disappointment on the faces of teeming Nigerian supporters.
A mistake from the Nigerian defence gifted a chance to a lurking Lalaina Nomenjanahary, who kept his cool and rolled the ball into the net from close range.
On 24th minute, ambitious effort from Andria found himself in a great position after collecting a precise pass inside the penalty area and went for goal, but it never troubled the goalkeeper and flied well wide off the right post.
Ahmed Musa collected a pass on 34th minute inside the box and unleashed a shot which was brilliantly blocked by a defender, as the linesman made the right call for a corner kick.
On 44th minute, Madagascar’s Faneva Ima Andriatsima picked up the ball in space and from inside the penalty area sent a shot inches wide off the left post.
The debutant shocked Nigeria again as they doubled their lead to make it 2-0 on 53rd minute of the match.
A free-kick was fired in by Andria and the ball inadvertently flicked off a defender and spin into the net, leaving Ikechukwu Ezenwa stranded.
Despite an overwhelming 62 percent possession by the Nigerian side to Madagascar’s 38 percent, they could not find the net.
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