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Ivory Coast vs Nigeria LIVE: Latest Africa Cup of Nations updates as Troost-Ekong penalty breaks deadlock

The Super Eagles are hoping to bounce back following a shock draw against Equatorial Guinea

Michael Jones
Thursday 18 January 2024 19:30 GMT
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AFCON 2024: 24 Teams' Quest For African Supremacy

The Africa Cup of Nations continues this evening with a much-anticipated battle between Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The result of this match could determine which nation finishes top of Group A. The Ivory Coast currently hold first place following their 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in their Afcon opener and look like a confident force under French boss Jean-Louis Gasset.

Nigeria in contrast slumped to a shock 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea last time out. Ivan Salvador opened the scoring for the visitors before the Super Eagles’ talisman, Victor Osimhen, netted an equaliser two minutes later. Nigeria then failed to assert their dominance on the match and could not find a winning goal. They now need to triumph in a trickier contest against the Elephants in order to get their campaign back on track.

Nigeria’s last of their three tournament triumphs came in 2013 with the Ivory Coast becoming champions, for a second time, two years later. However, both nations have underperformed in recent years and will have their sights set on reaching the latter stages of the competition.

Follow along for the live updates plus get the latest Afcon odds and tips right here:

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Nigeria will expect to beat bottom side Guinea-Bissau in their final match. If they avoid defeat, they are guaranteed to progress as one of the top two.

And if Nigeria avoid defeat, hosts Ivory Coast must win against the group leaders to finish in the top two and go through automatically.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 19:30
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How’s Group A shaping up now?

Equatorial Guinea beat Guinea-Bissau 4-2 earlier today and moved to the top of the group with four points. Just behind them are the Super Eagles.

Nigeria also have four points through a draw and a win from their opening two games, but their goal difference is one fewer than Equatorial Guinea’s.

Ivory Coast are third with three points, and Guinea-Bissau are bottom with zero after two losses.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 19:26
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90+9 mins: Nigeria where under a serious amount of pressure and there goes the whistle.

They’ve claimed a big, big victory over Ivory Coast in Group A and now have a huge opportunity to get into the knockout rounds with a match against Guinea-Bissau still to come.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 19:01
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90+5 mins: The Nigerian players are trying to eke minutes out of the game. Going down and taking their time recovering from minor injuries.

Nigeria have never beaten Ivory Coast in their own backyard and they’re mere minutes away from a big win.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:57
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90 mins: Bassey gives away another corner and the crowd starts to increase the noise as Ivory Coast look to equalise.

There’s a massive nine minutes of added time to play yet.

The corner comes to nothing.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:51
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83 mins: An Ivory Coast corner is floated into the box but Nigeria clear their lines. They burst ip the pitch but hold onto possession too long,

Bright Osayi-Samuel dances into the box and looks to shoot but he takes too many touches and gets brought down.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:45
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80 mins: Into the final 10 minutes now and Ivory Coast have flooded the pitch with attacking players in order to find a way through Nigeria.

The Super Eagles are happy to just defend this lead but with the way the momentum is turning they’ll have to be perfect in defence.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:43
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76 mins: A corner for Ivory Coast, who are started to control this second half, sees the ball swung over to the far side of the penalty area.

Evan Ndicka leaps into the air and powers a headed effort over the top of the crossbar. Nigeria are hanging on.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:36
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73 mins: Chance! Ivory Coast have made a few changes, one of which is Nicolas Pepe, who makes an enterprising run down the right wing.

He gets into the box as the ball comes over the top only for Stanley Nwabili to push the ball away from him. The hosts regain possession and pull it back to Seko Fofana who curls a shot wide of the far post.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:35
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70 mins: 20 minutes to go and the second cooling break is taken. It’s a chance for both teams to reset and come up with a method to get through this match.

All the pressure is now on Ivory Coast who will drop to third place should they lose.

Mike Jones18 January 2024 18:32

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