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Monday, 1 July 2019

Minnows Madagascar stun Nigeria to seal top spot in Africa Cup of Nations group

Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria: Super Eagles surrender Group B first place
Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar stunned Nigeria by beating the three-time champions 2-0 to confirm their place in the last 16 by surprisingly topping Group B.
Nigeria had already guaranteed their spot in the knockout phase prior to the game at the Alexandria Stadium.
However, they will need to improve significantly on this performance if they are to progress.

Madagascar leapfrogged the Super Eagles in Group B ahead of the last-16 stage after 2-0 win
Madagascar leapfrogged the Super Eagles in Group B ahead of the last-16 stage after 2-0 win
Madagascar's midfielder Lalaina Nomenjanahary celebrates after scoring the opening goal
Madagascar's midfielder Lalaina Nomenjanahary celebrates after scoring the opening goal
Nomenjanahary broke the deadlock in the 13th minute of the group match against Nigeria
Nomenjanahary broke the deadlock in the 13th minute of the group match against Nigeria
The Super Eagles fell behind in the 13th minute, with Lalaina Nomenjanahary taking advantage of a woeful defensive error from Brighton defender Leon Balogun to slot home after rounding goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Despite dominating in terms of possession, Nigeria failed to record a shot on target in the first half and almost conceded a second just before the break, only for Madagascar captain Faneva Andriatsima to fire wide when through on goal.
Eight minutes into the second half Madagascar sealed the win when Carolus Andriamatsinoro's free-kick, following a foul on the edge of the area from Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, took a deflection and looped into the net.
Carolus Andriamatsinoro scores Madagascar's second goal eight minutes after half-time
Carolus Andriamatsinoro scores Madagascar's second goal eight minutes after half-time
Madagascar's players celebrates after doubling their lead on Sunday night against Nigeria
Madagascar's players celebrates after doubling their lead on Sunday night against Nigeria
Faneva Andriatsima (second left) pours water on Madagascar coach Nicolas Dupuis (centre)
Faneva Andriatsima (second left) pours water on Madagascar coach Nicolas Dupuis (centre)

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