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Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria: Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off

18 July 2019

It will be a battle of Eagles tonight at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo as Nigeria's Super Eagles tussle with the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the third place match of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The first of those successes came in 1978 against Tunisia in a match abandoned just before half-time when the north Africans stormed off to protest a disputed Nigerian equaliser.

Star Man - He could only manage 45 minutes after suffering an unfortunate hamstring injury at the tail end of the first half, but nevertheless, Odion Ighalo reaffirmed his importance to Rohr's side with a clinical finish.

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Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi who missed last Sunday's game has returned and will play in this game alongside Slite and Khazri who did not have a good game against Senegal. It was a very good game since both Nigeria and Algeria had very good teams.

"They are the second highest ranked team in Africa and we are behind them". In the entire event, Tunisia has only won 1 match in regular time which was their quarterfinal victory against Madagascar.

Having gone into extra time twice so far, coach Alain Giresse accepts his side might be struggling with fatigue, suggesting Nigeria may have a physical edge on Wednesday.

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"Of course, we wanted to reach the final, but now we focus on the third-place match".

"That is life for you and I have no regrets in the selection and we have to move on", he explained before the media at the pre match conference yesterday afternoon. "I'm still under contract for another year and we'll see what happens after that", said the German, whose side was the youngest in Russian Federation last summer. We want to finish well.

Even though he was a little quieter than usual against Senegal, Khazri was still one of Tunisia's more threatening players, creating three opportunities. "A wonderful free-kick made the difference".

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"Gernot has taken us to the semi-final, the target we set for him".

Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria: Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off