Nigeria and Tunisia will square off play in the third placed match of AFCON 2019 as both teams play their final game of the tournament.
The Super Eagles were denied going into extra time by a 94th minute winner by Riyad Mahrez which dented their hopes of winning a fourth AFCON title.
On the other hand, the Carthage Eagles also lost to Senegal in a painful circumstance as they scored an own goal in the first half of extra time.
Both sides will now battle for who is the third best team in the continent as they play for pride in the third/fourth place playoffs.
The last four meetings between the North and West African nation in an AFCON tournament has ended in four victories for Nigeria while Tunisia last recorded a win in the semi finals in 2004.
Jul 17 19:58 PM
01’ — Kick off
The match gets underway as the Super Eagles kick off the match and are playing from right to left.
Jul 17 20:01 PM
02’ — GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL!
Ighalo taps it in.
Jul 17 20:03 PM
03’ — Ighalo scores goal No.5
Jamilu Collins makes a darting run on the right and crosses but a Tunisian defender's interception hits the goalkeeper as Ighalo made the easy tap in. 1-0 to Nigeria.
Jul 17 20:05 PM
05’ — Khazri's free kick
Khazri plays a free kick and goes against the wall as Nigeria begins a swift counter-attacking move started by Ola Aina but Iwobi could not get the final pass to Igahlo.
Jul 17 20:07 PM
08’ — CHANCE for Tunisia
Yassine Khenissi makes a run into the 18-yard box and shoots but Kenneth Omeruo makes a timely intervention to give the Carthage Eagles a corner. Corner kick taken but a defensive clearance by the Super Eagles.
Jul 17 20:09 PM
12’ — Ighalo shoots
Well-worked play from the midfield by Chukwueze, Iwobi and Musa as Ighalo gets the final ball but his shot hits a defender.
Jul 17 20:13 PM
14’ — CHANCE!
Ferjani Sass beats Omeruo as he side-foots a shot into the left-hand corner of Francis Uzoho but it went inches wide.
Jul 17 20:15 PM
16’ — CHANCE!
Tunisia knocking on the door again as Anice Badri moves into the box from the left but a brilliant tackle from Ola Aina saved the Super Eagles from conceding.
Jul 17 20:18 PM
18’ — YELLOW CARD!
Wilfred Ndidi makes a tackle in front of the 18-yard box to stop a Tunisian striker as he gets cautioned. Khazri leans over for the free kick but hits the Nigerian wall.
Jul 17 20:20 PM
20’ — Ball possession
Ball possession: Tunisia: 47%, Nigeria: 53%. The Super Eagles are slightly above Tunisia on ball possession but the Carthage Eagles are pressing forward.
Jul 17 20:24 PM
26’ — Nigeria trying contain the pressure from Tunisia
Nigeria are trying contain the pressure from Tunisia as both teams are evenly matched in the game. But its still 1-0 in favour of Nigeria.
Jul 17 20:28 PM
29’ — Ola Aina's move
Ola Aina's cut-back hits the referee as play is stopped for a drop ball.
Jul 17 20:31 PM
30’ — Ball possession
Ball possession: Tunisia: 49%, Nigeria: 51%. Nigeria gets the upper hand again as Ahmed Musa makes a run down the left but the could not make a cross.
Jul 17 20:33 PM
33’ — Ighalo and Iwobi combine for a counter attack
Ighalo and Iwobi combine for a counter attack but the Shanghai Shenhua striker could not return the favour to the Arsenal striker.
Jul 17 20:36 PM
40’ — Ndidi commits a foul
Ferjani Sassi from Tunisia goes a bit too far there as he pulls down Wilfred Ndidi. He has to be careful because he is on a yellow card.
Jul 17 20:42 PM
44’ — SUBSTITUTION!
Yassine Khenissi is substituted for Firas Chaouat. Still Nigeria 1-0 Tunisia.
Jul 17 20:45 PM
45’ — Ighalo has asked to be substituted
Ighalo has asked to be substituted after pulling a hamstring on his left leg as he limps off. The referee blows the half time whistle.
Jul 17 21:06 PM
46’ — Tunisia gets things running
Tunisia gets things running in the second half as Victor Osimhen replaces injured Odion Ighalo.
Jul 17 21:07 PM
50’ — Ball possession
Ball possession: Tunisia: 50%, Nigeria: 50%. It's an equal game in the opening five minutes of the match.
Jul 17 21:09 PM
54’ — Khazri's free kick
Khazri's free kick hits the wall and an appeal of Ndidi's handball fall on deaf ears.
Jul 17 21:10 PM
57’ — Badri tries his luck from distance
Badri tries his luck from distance but that did not trouble Francis Uzoho in goal.
Jul 17 21:13 PM
58’ — SUBSTITUTION!
Anice Badri comes out for Naim Sliti as Khazri takes a corner which beats everyone in the box.
Jul 17 21:14 PM
60’ — Ghilane Chaalali's nasty tackle on Etebo
Ghilane Chaalali's launches a nasty tackle on Etebo after missing the ball in the midfield to the Stoke City man and the Tunisian is yellow carded.
Jul 17 21:16 PM
62’ — Collins win a corner kick
Corner taken as the ball falls kindly to Samuel Chukwueze and he shoots with the inside of his foot which produced a fine save from the Tunisian goalkeeper. Second corner kick taken by Musa but to no avail.
Jul 17 21:20 PM
65’ — A Tunisian player is down
Nassim Hnid receives treatment but his is immediately substituted for Rami Bedoui.
Jul 17 21:22 PM
68’ — Uzoho makes a fine save from a cross
Uzoho makes a fine save from a cross from a Tunisian delivery as he comes and collects comfortably.
Jul 17 21:26 PM
70’ — Ahmed Musa attacks
Ahmed Musa from Nigeria directs the ball behind the defence, but it's intercepted by a Tunisian player.
Jul 17 21:27 PM
72’ — Khazri caught just offside
Khazri made a move into the Nigerian box but the referee spots an offside and gives a free kick to Nigeria.
Jul 17 21:29 PM
75’ — Musa has been substituted
Musa has been substituted for Moses Simon. He did not score a goal at AFCON 2019 as he bows out of the tournament.
Jul 17 21:35 PM
81’ — CHANCE for Osimhen
Osimhen breaks loose on the right and fins himself some space as he unleashes a shot with his right-foot but a finger tip save from the keeper kept it out.
Jul 17 21:39 PM
85’ — Omeruo is down
Khazri runs into Kenneth Omeruo's knee as he stays on the ground to receive treatment.
Jul 17 21:40 PM
89’ — Tunisia with the corner
Khazri delivers a dangerous ball but Etebo heads the ball of the goal line but the referee has spotted a free kick for Nigeria.
Jul 17 21:44 PM
90’ — SUBSTITUTION!
Samuel Kalu come in for Samuel Chukwueze. Samuel Kalu plays a dipping free kick but a fantastic save from Ben Cherifia.
Jul 17 21:46 PM
90’ — Nigerian wins a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box
Nigerian wins a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Kalu drills it in low but the keeper again produces a fine save to keep his team in the match.
Jul 17 21:50 PM
90’ — Final whistle
Referee ends the match as the Super Eagles walk away with the third placed medal and Tunisia settle for fourth position.