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Nigeria 1-0 Egypt LIVE! Iheanacho goal - AFCON 2022 result, match stream and latest updates today

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Nigeria vs Egypt - LIVE!

The biggest match of the Africa Cup of Nations saw Nigeria emerge victorious over Egypt in Group D.

Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal was enough to see the Super Eagles triumph.

The Leicester City man, alongside Moses Simon and Joe Aribo formed what looked like the best attack of the tournament thus far, which is really rather incredible when taking into account the big names the squad are missing up front.

Egypt, meanwhile, struggled to service their frontline. Without much in the way of a creative passer, a lot of their possession lead to very little, albeit there were signs both the Liverpool star and Aston Villa’s Trezeguet were starting to break behind enemy lines towards the hour mark.

Still, it is Nigeria who make an early statement in the AFCON.

Sell how all of the action during Nigeria vs Egypt unfolded LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!

Nigeria vs Egypt latest news

  • GOAL: Iheanacho gives Nigeria the lead

  • Kick-off time: 4pm GMT, Stade Roumde Adjia

  • How to watch: Sky Sports

  • Prediction: Egypt 2-0 Nigeria

  • Confirmed Nigeria lineup

  • Confirmed Egypt lineup

Mo Salah’s new boots

19:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

The celebrations continue

19:10 , Jonathan Gorrie

What a performance

18:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mo Salah in numbers

18:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Nigerian celebrations

18:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

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The man of the match

18:20 , Jonathan Gorrie

Leon Balogun a happy man

18:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

What a sight

18:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

FT: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt

17:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s over!

Brilliant tournament performance from Nigeria who make an early statement in Group D.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

17:54 , Jonathan Gorrie

90:00 - After the corner was cleared, Ejuke sees his shot on the counter well-saved.

That would have wrapped it up.

Late Salah show

17:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

90:00 - Troost-Ekong blocks Salah’s shot before Iwobi clears his cross.

Late corner for Egypt.

Off goes Simon

17:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

90:00 - Given a standing ovation, Moses Simon goes off for Alex Iwobi.

Brilliant performance.

The last Egyptian push

17:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

88:00 - Anything for Egypt now really would be a smash and grab of the highest order.

Nigeria sitting back now

17:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

84:00 - Could well be a lack of energy now but Nigeria are largely letting Egypt have the ball.

Their lack of a creative passer is painstakingly obvious but Salah can certainly create something out of nothing.

Ndidi down

17:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

82:00 - Hopefully nothing serious but Ndidi requires attention.

Could well just be cramp.

And off goes Iheanacho

17:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

79:00 - Iheanacho replaced by Nwakali.

A great performance from the Leicester City man but really should have scored more.

Nigeria injury

17:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

78:00 - Omeruo stretchered off after a collision in the box.

Doesn’t look good for him. A real shame. Ajayi on to replace him.

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

17:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

76:00 - Ejuke sees his shot saved well after a counter.

Will the Super Eagles live to regret missing so many chances?

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

17:36 , Jonathan Gorrie

74:00 - Egypt ‘keeper El Shenawy all at sea from a corner but his teammates do well to clear.

Would have been a tap in.

Nigeria fans in good sprits

17:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

And who would blame them?

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CHANCE FOR EGYPT

17:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

70:00 - Salah just can’t quite control a through ball and is challenged well by Okoye.

CHANCE FOR EGYPT

17:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

66:00 - Salah, though offside, sees his shot blocked.

Still, Egypt are getting behind all too often for Nigeria.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

17:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

65:00 - Iheanacho, who should really have a brace to his name, shoots wide from a reasonably tight angle.

Should have done better.

Better spell for Egypt

17:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

63:00 - Long balls they may be but at least Egypt are getting behind enemy lines now.

Fathy does well to round Simon in the box but sees his cross blocked.

A look at the Iheanacho chance...

17:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

17:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

57:00 - A poor touch from Iheanacho denies him the chance to shoot at an opening goal.

Not like him at all.

Salah almost in

17:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

55:00 - Here’s the danger.

Troost-Ekong almost loses the ball on the last line after Salah’s pressure.

If anything is going to get Egypt back into the game, you feel it’s got to be something like that.

Consider Mo Salah shut down (so far...)

17:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

All Nigeria

17:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

49:00 - Egypt just can’t get out.

Most of the second-half so far has been played in their box with Nigeria getting to the byline before crossing back.

Moses Simon is on fire.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

17:10 , Jonathan Gorrie

47:00 - Awoniyi celebrates after a header is saved on the line.

He thinks it crossed it. The ref doesn’t.

Not a great day at the office for Salah so far

17:09 , Jonathan Gorrie

Egypt change

17:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Ashraf on for Fatouh as Carlos Quieroz looks to get his side back into the game.

Back underway!

17:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

Here we go!

Leon Balogun’s message of support

17:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

This man is on fire

16:59 , Jonathan Gorrie

Salah battles away

16:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

Familiar foes

16:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

On the flip side...

16:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

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Celebrations in the crowd

16:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

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HT: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt

16:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Iheanacho’s goal the difference so far.

Great half from Nigeria with Simon particularly impressive.

Egypt lacking a creative passer

16:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

45:00 - It’s not an issue of having the ball for Egypt, it’s just that they lack a creative passer to break through the lines.

Salah and Trezeguet starved of service.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

16:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

43:00 - Simon is SO dangerous.

His cross can’t quite reach a teammate but he’s been the one pulling Egypt apart in the first-half.

Gary Lineker approves

16:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

16:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

41:00 - Egypt limping along to half-time now.

Iheanacho feeds Awoniyi, who can’t beat the ‘keeper from just of the goal in the box.

A man in form

16:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

Salah can’t get into the game

16:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

39:00 - It would be foolish to write him off but Salah is so isolated at the moment.

Hard to see a way in for him other than on the counter.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

16:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

38:00 - Not known for his goals, Ndidi creates space for a shot on the edge of the box and drags it just wide.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

16:39 , Jonathan Gorrie

37:00 - Awoniyi almost in after a through ball from Iheanacho but the pass is slightly overhit.

Egypt giving the ball away in dangerous areas.

A closer look at the goal

16:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

Nigeria pushing for a second

16:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

33:00 - Simon and Aribo are so dangerous on the left side, constantly breaking into the box from that channel.

With a striker like Iheanacho around, they’re such a good attacking duo.

GOAL: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt | Kelechi Iheanacho ‘30

16:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

30:00 - Aribo heads to Iheanacho after a Simon cross and the Leicester City man fires a wonderful half-volley into the roof of the net!

Nigeria in the ascendancy

16:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

28:00 - Egypt need to see this out.

Iheanacho, Simon and Aribo can interlink so well on the edge of the box and Egypt have already lost one of their starting defenders. Doing well to take the sting out of the game now, however.

CHANCE FOR NIGERIA

16:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

26:00 - Great chance for Simon after being played in Aribo.

Hits the side netting from a tight angle but best chance so far.

Nigeria now dominating

16:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

24:00 - Not a huge amount in it at the moment but it’s Nigeria’s turn to play the ball around the park somewhat.

Not much in the way of openings emerging.

The ball causing problems

16:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

22:00 - Still a bit cagey, with numerous breaks in play and the like.

The ball is causing problems AGAIN.

Break in play

16:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

19:00 - The ball is being switched over after some complaints from the players.

The game slows

16:20 , Jonathan Gorrie

17:00 - While Nigeria have looked fairly open on the counter, they have built a strong defensive base when Egypt have the ball.

Game is largely being played in front of them at the moment, not causing too many problems.

Egypt building

16:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

16:00 - After sitting back for most of the game so far, Egypt are passing the ball around nicely.

Salah is somewhat isolated but they really do look dangerous when the ball turns over. You feel that players of this quality will get that final ball right, should Nigeria fail to plug the gaps.

CHANCE FOR EGYPT

16:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

13:00 - Salah feeds Trezeguet on the counter but overhits the pass.

Very close to breaching the Nigerian defence there despite defending for large parts.

A tactic, perhaps?

Early sub for Egypt

16:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

11:00 - El Said comes onto replace Tawfik.

Simon causing problems

16:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

09:00 - Moses Simon looking very dangerous early on.

He’s the one causing problems, driving into the box and forcing Egypt to clear, only for it to come back.

Early injury worry for Egypt

16:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

07:00 - A shame for Tawfik, who looks to have twisted his knee.

CHANCE FOR EGYPT

16:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

05:00 - Mostafa Mohamed with his first shot on goal.

From a tight angle, it didn’t trouble the ‘keeper but an early opening.

Egypt looking to settle

16:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

04:00 - Given just how sharp Nigeria’s press has been, Egypt are looking to take the sting out of the game.

Nigeria almost in

16:04 , Jonathan Gorrie

02:00 - Awoniyi presses near the byline and wins a corner.

Lots of energy already even despite Nigeria’s lack of forward options.

Fast start

16:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

01:00 - Not much in the way of changes as you might expect so early but Egypt are looking to press Nigeria well.

Some real quality on show today.

KICK-OFF

16:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

We’re underway in the Group D showdown.

The anthems start

15:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

Sadly, due to the Covid situation, we’ve been seeing low attendances thus far.

Still, as the anthems play out now, plenty of Nigeria fans appear to have made the short journey over to Cameroon.

What an atmosphere.

Scenes from inside the ground

15:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

Scenes of jubilation from Sierra Leone supporters

15:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

This is what football is all about.

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AFCON 2021: Where we stand

15:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

You can keep up to date with everything you need to know about the festival of African football.

Top scorers.

Group standings.

How to watch.

Fixture dates.

Salah goes global

15:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

Here’s hoping!

15:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Supporters give their view

15:29 , Jonathan Gorrie

Algeria vs Sierra Leone report

15:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

The first great shock of the AFCON has emerged.

Indeed, Algeria - one of the best teams in world football on current form - were held by Sierra Leone.

You can read our full match repot here.

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Fighting talk from Nigeria

15:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Egypt’s ominous form

15:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

Scenes from the Nigerian camp

15:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

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All eyes on the prize for Salah

15:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

Confirmed Egypt lineup

15:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

El Shenawy, Hamdi Fathi, Hamdy, Hegazi, Fatouh, Elneny, Mohamed, Tawfik, Salah, Trezeguet, Marmoush

Subs: Abdelmonem, Kamal, Ashour, Sherif, Sobhi, Ashraf, Lasheen, El Said, Alaa, Zizo, Sobhy, Gad.

Confirmed Nigeria lineup

15:10 , Jonathan Gorrie

Okoye, Aina, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Sanusi, Iheanacho, Ndidi, Aribo, Chukwueze, Awoniyi, Simon

Subs: Ajayi, Musa, Onyeka, Onyekuru, Ejuke, Akpeyi, Iwobi, Ebuehi, Uzoho, Umar, Nwakali, Ndah.

Musa’s AFCON dream

15:04 , Jonathan Gorrie

Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa told BBC Sport he was eager to end his AFCON journey with a win to what would have been a stellar international career.

“There’s the need to give a chance to other young players to come through and play in the tournament,” he said.

“I got my chance as a young player. I’ve fulfilled some childhood memories.”

Why are Nigeria without three key strikers?

14:46 , George Flood

So why are Nigeria without three of their key strikers for this tournament?

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen had to withdraw from the squad after failing to recover from a cheekbone injury sustained playing for Napoli at Inter Milan in late November.

He had looked set to be involved, only to later test positive for Covid-19.

Odion Ighalo - AFCON Golden Boot winner in 2019 - has not been released by Saudi club Al Shabab, while Nigeria have blamed Watford for Emmanuel Dennis’ absence, with the striker critical to the Hornets’ chance of sealing Premier League survival this term.

The Nigerian FA accused Watford of “baring fangs” when they announced Dennis would not be going to the tournament.

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Head to head record

14:35 , George Flood

Nigeria wins: 8

Egypt wins: 5

Draws: 5

Salah: I want to be the best player in the world

14:27 , George Flood

The confident Salah also outlined his ambition to be the very best player in the world after only finishing seventh in the race for last year’s Ballon d’Or.

“If you asked me if this was a drive for me to be here? Yeah, of course,” he said.

“I can’t really lie and say honestly I didn’t think about it. No, I think about it. I want to be the best player in the world.

“But I will have a good life even if I don’t win. My life is OK, everything is fine.”

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Salah not asking for ‘crazy stuff’ in new Liverpool contract

14:12 , George Flood

Mo Salah has made headlines ahead of Egypt’s opening AFCON contest due to an interview with GQ in which he discussed his demands over a new contract at Liverpool.

Reports have suggested that Salah is looking for a weekly salary worth in excess of £300,000, which would smash the current wage structure at Anfield.

“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff,” Salah said.

“The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something (they should) because they appreciate what you did for the club.

“I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me.

“But with the administration, they have (been) told the situation. It’s in their hands.”

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(REUTERS)

Nigeria vs Egypt prediction

14:06 , George Flood

This is the tie of the tournament so far between two sides who will expect to figure in the latter stages.

Having Salah in their ranks is obviously an enormous boost for Egypt, but their supporting cast - not a patch on what he is used to at Liverpool - will need to step up consistently if he is to showcase his best form in Cameroon.

The absences of Dennis, Osimhen and Ighalo are big blows for Nigeria, who may well struggle for goals.

We’re plumping for Egypt to kick off their campaign with a statement victory.

Egypt 2-0 Nigeria.

Egypt team news

14:05 , George Flood

Egypt’s hopes of course lie chiefly with Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah.

However, left-back Mohamed Hamdi has been ruled out of AFCON with a knee injury and promising young star Ibrahim Adel and goalkeeper Mohamed Abo-Gabal are among those to have tested positive for Covid-19 in the build-up to the tournament.

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Nigeria team news

14:03 , George Flood

Nigeria’s hopes of a fourth Africa Cup of Nations crown have been hit by the absences of key forwards Emmanuel Dennis and Victor Osimhen, who remain with Watford and Napoli respectively.

Rangers’ Leon Balogun and Omonia Nicosia’s Shehu Abdullahi also withdrew from Augustine Eguavoen’s 28-man tournament squad, with Henry Onyekuru, Tyronne Ebuehi, Peter Olayinka and West Brom’s Semi Ajayi called up instead.

Nigeria are also missing former Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo, who was not permitted to leave Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab as Jamilu Collins was drafted in.

 (PA)
(PA)

How to watch Nigeria vs Egypt

14:01 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, Nigeria vs Egypt will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League, Football and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app. Coverage is also available via the BBC website and iPlayer.

Welcome to Nigeria vs Egypt LIVE coverage!

13:57 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of what promises to be a cracking showdown between two Group D heavyweights in the Africa Cup of Nations.

No one would be surprised to see Egypt or Nigeria figure prominently in the latter stages of this competition in Cameroon, with the pressure on Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to deliver his country a record-extending eighth AFCON title to banish the memories of that shock last-16 exit on home soil in 2019.

They may fancy their chances of a statement opening win in Garoua, with Nigeria’s attacking resources depleted by the absences of strikers Emmanuel Dennis, Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo.

Kick-off is at 4pm GMT, so stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live updates!

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