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Ighalo scores 2 goals as Nigeria defeats Libya 3-2 in AFCON qualifier - Watch match highlights

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Libya 3-2 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier, played in Tunis, Tunisia on Tuesday




Odion Ighalo was the match hero once more after scoring 2 two goals. Making it his 5th goals in two straight matches against the North African country, after getting his first hattrick for the Super Eagles in the 4-0 win in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on Friday.

Nigeria began the match pressing high up the pitch in a bid to force Libya out of their trademark shot passing game and the North Africans were rattled by the tactic.

Ighalo helped Eagles take the lead on 13 minutes when Musa found him with a pinpoint pass that split open the Libyan defence.

Instead of folding, Gernot Rohr’s side continued to approach the game positively and created problems for the hosts.

The tactic paid dividends on 17 minutes when Musa pounced on Ighalo’s pass to poke home.



Libya pressed and got a goal through Mohamed Zubya in the 34th minute.

The striker’s finish gave Libya more confidence and they could have levelled up late in the first half.

Facing the prospect of losing their first match at home in the qualifiers, the Mediterranean Knights responded with more purpose in the second half.

Ahmad Benali equalised for Libya with 16 minutes left on the clock but Ighalo had other ideas as he scored his fifth goal in two games.

Nigeria now top group E with nine points after four matches, followed by South Africa which have with 8 points in four matches, after drawing with Seychelles 0-0.

Watch match highlights below:

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