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Iheanacho sees Nigeria past Egypt after holders Algeria are held by Sierra Leone | Africa Cup of Nations 2022

Kelechi Iheanacho’s wonderful first-half purpose handed Nigeria a deserved 1-0 victory over a below-par Egypt of their Africa Cup of Nations Group D conflict in Garoua.

Iheanacho crashed a half-volley from the sting of the field into the highest nook after half-hour to settle the competition, however Nigeria ought to have added at the least a pair extra objectives in what was the perfect efficiency by a crew within the finals thus far and a warning to their rivals.

Egypt did not shift out of first gear and couldn’t get their talisman ahead Mohamed Salah into the sport as he reduce an remoted determine up entrance, starved of service and the standard round him to have an affect.

Nigeria hit the crossbar early within the second interval when Taiwo Awoniyi’s close-range header was turned on to the body of the purpose by Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy, earlier than Iheanacho fluffed an excellent likelihood to double the benefit because the ball fell to him in acres of house within the field, however a poor first contact let him down.

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Salah lastly obtained a sight of purpose on 70 minutes however, beneath strain from two defenders and the keeper, couldn’t get any energy into his effort.

The defending champions, Algeria, missed a sequence of possibilities, to the rising fury of coach Djamel Belmadi on the sidelines, and drew 0-0 with minnows Sierra Leone in a shock consequence on the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

Sierra Leone’s players salute their fans after securing a draw against Algeria in Douala.Sierra Leone’s gamers salute their followers after securing a draw in opposition to Algeria in Douala. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Sierra Leone are taking part in of their first Cup of Nations since 1996 and solely their third ever, and got here up in opposition to an Algeria crew unbeaten since 2018.

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But Algeria discovered no method past the Sierra Leone goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara, who celebrated the consequence of the Group E recreation at Japoma Stadium in Douala as if it was a win. Sierra Leone squad gamers sprinted from the bench on to the sector on the finish to affix the celebrations.

Algeria had numerous alternatives to win. Yacine Brahimi hit two photographs straight at Kamara in fast succession initially of the second half. The substitute Sofiane Bendebka did not get his effort heading in the right direction with Kamara out of place after making a save. And Riyad Mahrez was denied when Kamara obtained his fingertips to a low shot that was destined for the underside nook.

When the striker Baghdad Bounedjah, one other substitute, headed weakly and straight at Kamara within the last act of the sport deep in harm time, a pissed off Belmadi fell to his knees on the touchline and smashed his palms on the bottom.

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