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Ghana's 2022 World Cup playoff opponents Nigeria suffer shock AFCON exit, stunned by Tunisia

Published on: 23 January 2022
Ghana's 2022 World Cup playoff opponents Nigeria suffer shock AFCON exit, stunned by Tunisia
Nigeria were eliminated by Tunisia on Sunday night

Ghana's 2022 World Cup play-off opponents Nigeria suffered a shock exit at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations when they were defeat 1-0 by the less-fancied Tunisia in Garoua on Sunday.

The Super Eagles, who were tipped as favourites for the competition, were stunned in front of their own supporters in the neighbouring Cameroonian city.

The Carthage Eagles upset 10-man Super Eagles to reach the quarter-final where they will face Burkina Faso.

The result means the Nigerians ended just one step ahead of Ghana that finished their campaign at the group stage of the competition.

Youssef Msakni beat Nigeria goalkeeper Maduka Okoye with a long-range effort two minutes into the second half to end the Super Eagles hopes of winning the title.

Nigeria's task was made harder when Alex Iwobi was sent off following a video assistant referee review.

The West Africans were the only side to win all three group games in Cameroon, but were largely subdued against a side hit by Covid-19.

Nigeria forward Umar Sadiq fired across goal and wide in injury time after Moses Simon had earlier had an effort blocked by Carthage Eagles keeper Bechir Ben Said.

Tunisia, Nations Cup winners in 2004, will face Burkina Faso in the last eight on Saturday, 29 January.

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