Nigeria vs Tunisia live online: scores, stats and updates, AFCON
Nigeria vs Tunisia: AFCON live online
- Youssef Msakni strikes the winner for Tunisia in the 47th minute
- Nigeria with three wins from three in group stage started as firm favorites
- Tunisia missing ten players and head coach through covid
- Last AFCON meeting between Super and Carthage Eagles in 2019 ended with 1-0 win for Nigeria
- Tunisia now face Burkina Faso in quarter-final stage of AFCON
Tunisia march on and can now look forward to a quarter-final clash against Burkina Faso on 29 January. Nigeria will now turn their thoughts to the Qatar 2022 WC qualifying games in March where the Super Eagles will face Ghana and with a new manager in Jose Peseiro on the bench.
Heartbreak for the Super Eagles player who are distraught on the pitch. Every credit to Tunisia who progress with a decimated squad as AFCON delivers yet another shock.
That's it.... Tunisia progress with a 1-0 win over the Super Eagles.
Tunisia fans celebrate as they know they are seconds away from a major upset.
Only a minute remain. Can Nigeria pull off the almost impossible. Sadiq has looked excellent since coming on and one wonders what would have happened had he been brought on earlier.
Musa fouled and Nigeria bring everyone forward. Nothing comes from the effort and Tunisia can break....
So close for Sadiq as he runs from deep and dinks the ball inches wide.
Five minutes of added time to be added....
Final minute of the action. Is there a twist in the tail here in Garoua or will it be Tunisia taking on Burkina Faso in the quarter-final?
Musa on for Aribo, final throw of the dice from the Nigeria bench
Ndidi has a hit from outside the box and the ball goes well wide of the Tunisia post.
Issam Jebali( in) - Seifeddine Jaziri( out) (Tunisia)
Wahbi Khazri (in) - Youssef Msakni (out) (Tunisia)
Less than five minutes on the clock and it does seem as Nigeria's time in Cameroon is coming to an end. Three excellent performances in group phase undone by a below par showing tonight against Tunisia.
Change for Tunisia as Wahbi Khazri gets ready to come on
Simon to take .... poor effort from the Nantes player as he drills the ball over the bar.
Solid play from Tunisia as they almost find a second goal with the additional man showing as they use the overlap.
Super Eagle win a dangerous free as Sadiq is fouled,
Ten left for the Super Eagles to keep their AFCON hopes alive. One would have to think that there is sufficient time for one, maybe two chances for the side in green.
Omeruo rugby tackles a Tunisian midfielder and amazingly gets away with no booking. Sadiq almost gets in but the Almeria man just over-hits the ball.
Another Nigeria change and indeed it's Sadiq who comes on for Nigeria with Chukwueze making way. Tunisia almost find a second as Sliti strikes and Okoye saves
Tunisia with every man behind the ball now. Chukwueze with his back to goal has a go but hits the ball over. Not been a vintage performance from the Villarreal man tonight. Certainly time one would feel for Umar Sadiq to get a run-out? The Almeria man would certainly wreak havoc in the remaining time.
20 minutes for Nigeria to find the goal that would take the tie to extra time.
Change for Tunisia with Sliti on for Rafia making way
Simon goes close as the Tunisia keeper saves well. Sanusi has a go from outside the box but pulls his shot wide,.
Super Eagles will now need to dig deep, a goal down and a man down.....Just slightly over twenty minutes left for the West African side to salvage something from this game.
....and it's going to be a red card for Alex Iwobi. Disaster for the Super Eagles and that was a poor tackle from the Everton man.
Iwobi carded for Nigeria
Ndidi has a go from long range but the ball fails to sit down for the Leicester man.
Less than half an hour remaining here in Garoua. Can Tunisia hang on? Can Nigeria find that magic needed to break down the solid Carthage Eagles ?
Changes for Nigeria: Iwobi on for Kelechi Iheanacho plus Awoniyi leaving the action with the striker replaced by Peter Olayinka
Tunisia clearly fired up by the adversity of losing their manager and ten players but they have adapted really well to the situation by frustrating Nigeria and shocking most of the crowd here in Garoua.
Concern on the face of Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen. Only a matter of time before he decides to look to his bench .....Tunisia now growing in confidence with the goal.
Laidouni carded for pulling Ndidi's shirt
We've already seen the likes of Ghana and holders eliminated from AFCON, is there another shock on the cards ?
What can Nigeria offer by way of a reply?
Wonderful strike from Msakni as he finds space to drill the ball into the net.
The teams return to the pitch in Garoua and Nigeria need to look for the creativity of Simon and Chukwueze if they are to find a way past this solid looking Tunisia who have lost ten first team players through covid.
The whistle sounds in Garoua and it's Tunisia who leave the pitch with a positive spring in their step. Frustrating half for the West African side.
We head into the final minute of the first half and there's still no way through for Nigeria against this resolute Tunisia side. Nigeria yet to find that little bit of magic or creativity required to unpick the lock.
Long range strike from Rafia which goes inches wide of the Nigeria post.
With the game taking on this pattern, Tunisia will grow in confidence. To be fair, Tunisia keeper Ben Said has had little in terms of key saves to make in the opening 35 minutes of action.
Tunisia assistant coach Bilal Kadri who is on the bench tonight will be pleased with the first half an hour of the contest. Despite some early scares, his team, have been well drilled and look solid at the back.
We've seen little from Union Berlin man Taiwo Awoniyi. His side have now moved to fourth in the German Bundesliga and will certainly look to his return and goals in February.
Possession 51-49 (%) Nigeria-Tunisia... surprising stat with the Tunisian side enjoying more of the ball than it would appear.
Tunisia have only shipped two goals in the competition so far (both as part of 1-0 defeats) but from what we've seen tonight the North African side do look disciplined at the back.
The trumpets ring out from the Naija support and despite all their domination, there's still now way through against the well disciplined Tunisia side.
Good work from Aina down the right flank as Kelechi Iheanacho picks up the first card of the night for clipping Msakni
Imperative for Tunisia that they keep things as tight as possible and try and frustrate Nigeria. One would suspect that the Carthage Eagles would sign-up for a draw at the end of 90 minutes now.
Nigeria go close as Villarreal man Samuel Chukwueze almost latches onto cross ball with a stooping header. The Super Eagles knocking on the door now.
Nigeria generating plenty of space down their left hand side with Sanusi and Simon finding plenty of room to maraud at the men in white shirts.
Troost-Ekong delivers one of his long range balls to start the Nigeria move and the ball is driven into the side netting. Rangers man Joe Aribo it was with the final effort.
A half chance for Tunisia as the ball zips across the Nigeria goal-mouth. The men in dark green are alert and the ball is blocked off the line.
A clear pattern developing with Tunisia sitting deep and looking to counter as Nigeria dominate possession.
It's all Nigeria in the opening five minutes with the Carthage Eagles penned deep inside their own half.
Ten Tunisian players out with covid too which will do little to encourage their supporters.
Moses Simon with a dangerous ball into the Tunisia box as Ndido attempst a spectacular overhead effort.
Tunisian fans well outnumbered by those clad in green and white as tonight's referee Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal) gets the action underway.
Nigeria in their away dark green kit tonight with Tunisia in all white.
All set in Garoua with both Nigeria and Tunisia aware of who they will face in the next stage of the competition. Nigeria too will be anxious to remain in the city of Garoua with a solid showing of Super Eagles fans present in each match.
High octane drama in Limbe as Burkina Faso beat Gabon on in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. They will face the winners of tonight's Nigeria-Tunisia clash in the quarter-final stage on 29 January in Garoua.
Should tonight's Round of 16 clash end all square after 90 minutes, then an additional 30 minutes will be played and should the teams be level after 120 minutes, then penalty kicks will be employed to decide a winner.
Tunisia's coach Mondher Kebaier out with covid
Tunisia's coach Mondher Kebaier won't be on the touchline tonight in Garoua for the Round of 16 tie against Nigeria with the 51-year-old testing positive for covid 10 two days ago.
Troost-Ekong on You Tube
The Nigeria captain has embarked into the world of YT videos inspired by his Watford team mate Ben Foster. Highly recommenced as he takes us behind the scenes as the Super Eagles team prepare for recent World Cup 2022 qualifying games.
Augustine Eguavoen: pre-game
Speaking ahead of tonight's Round of 16 contest against Tunisia, the Super Eagles boss stated: "We topped our group with maximum points, but this is a totally different story, and the players and technical staff know this well."
Nigeria have won 12 of their last 14 AFCON games (L2), and they start this game as hot favourites.
Nigeria have had more different scorers (6) than any other team so far at this year's tournament, with Kelechi Iheanacho, Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi, Troost-Ekong and Umar Sadiq each scoring once.
Nigeria-Tunisia: Last AFCON meeting
Both Super and Carthage Eagles last met in the third place match in Egypt 2019, with Nigeria prevailing 1-0 on the night.
Tunisia boss Mondher Kebaier opts for 4-3-3
Nigeria set to employ a 4-2-3-1 formation
The other Round of 16 game between Burkina Faso and Gabon has ended 1-1 and will no go to extra time. The winners of tonight's Nigeria-Tunisia tie will meet the winners of the Limbe contest.
These sides are meeting for the sixth time at the Africa Cup of Nations and Tunisia's only successful AFCON meeting with Nigeria came in 2004, when they progressed via penalties in the semi-finals, going on to win the competition.
Nigeria have two players in the group stage's best XI, with centre-back William Troost-Ekong and forward Moses Simon both earning plaudits for their early performances.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria go into tonight's clash as firm favoirites with the West African nation topping their group and are the only side in the Round of 16 with three wins from three games. Tunisia progressed as one of the best third placed sides and have failed to shine in their group stage and only a 4-0 win over Mauritania secured their passage to this stage,.
Tonight's match gets underway at 20:00 CET/14:00 ET.
The Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua is the venue for the action with a quarter-final tie against the winner of Burkina Faso-Gabon on the line.
Hello and welcome to our live AFCON coverage as Nigeria face Tunisia in the Round of 16.