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Africa Cup of Nations 2021 roundup - January 15

Jamie Spencer
Mohamed Salah & Egypt were in action for the second time
Mohamed Salah & Egypt were in action for the second time / DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/GettyImages
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The Africa Cup of Nations continued in Cameroon on Saturday, with just Group D teams in action.

The goals have finally started to flow a little more now that the second round of group fixtures has begun, with one of Saturday's matches carrying on that trend.

Here's a closer look at what happened...


Group D

Nigeria 3-1 Sudan

Nigeria made it two wins from two at the Africa Cup of Nations to stay top of Group D and secure their place in the knockout rounds with a game to spare.

Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze needed only three minutes to fire the Super Eagles into an early lead over Sudan, who are competing at their first AFCON tournament since 2012.

Two more Nigeria goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon immediately before and after half-time took the game away from Sudan, whose 70th minute penalty from Walieldin Khedr proved to be no more than a consolation.


Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Egypt

After stuttering against Nigeria in their opening match, Egypt got off the mark with a narrow victory over Guinea-Bissau. Who else but Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game.

Egypt didn’t have things all their own way and it wasn’t until well into the second half that their dominance translated into a goal, with Salah volleying in from close range.

The Pharaohs hit the woodwork three times over the course of the 90 minutes, although Egyptian hearts were in mouths more than once at the end when Mama Balde had a would be equaliser ruled out following a VAR review and goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy made a stoppage time save.


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