In the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria will face Tunisia.
After a shock 1-0 loss to Gambia on Thursday night, the Carthage Eagles qualified for the knockout phase of the competition as one of the four third-placed countries.
The North Africans needed a win to finish second in Group F before their last match against the Scorpions.
They were awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the first half after Pa Modou was penalized for a foul on Seifeddine Jaziri.
The ensuing kick was taken by Jaziri, and goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye guessed correctly to save it. Tunisia has now missed three penalty kicks in this year’s tournament.
Despite the 2004 African champions dominating possession of the ball, Tom Saintfiet’s side came out on top when Seraing midfielder Ablie Jallow curled in a superb left-footed strike from inside the box, leaving Bechir Ben Said motionless.
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Augustine Eguavoen’s team must get past Mondher Kebaier’s team to advance to the final eight of Cameroon 2021.
The match will take place today in Garoua’s Roumde Adjia Stadium. In the quarter-finals, the winner will face either Burkina Faso or Gabon.
Both teams have met four times in the competition’s history, with Nigeria having the upper hand each time.
In the third-place game of Ghana 1978, the West Africans faced the North Africans for the first time.
The Tunisians walked off the pitch in the 42nd minute with the score tied at 1-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium, protesting the officiating.
The Eagles won 2-0, but the Carthage Eagles were banned from the 1980 edition by the Confederation of African Football. Twenty-six years later, they reconnected as hosts at Tunis’s Stade 7 November. After a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes, Tunisia defeated the three-time African champions 5-3 on penalties.
Nigeria avenged their loss two years later in the competition by thrashing Tunisia in the quarter-final at the Port Said Stadium.
Their most recent appearance was in Egypt 2019, where Odion Ighalo’s first-half strike decided the bronze medal match between Gernot Rohr’s men and the North Africans.
Meanwhile, defending champions Algeria were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Cote d’Ivoire. The North Africans finished bottom of Group E with a single point from three games.
Earlier in the tournament, Ghana was the first major casualty, and Algeria, the reigning champions and heavy favorites, were up next on Thursday. Before the break, Franck Kessié and Ibrahim Sangare scored for the Ivorians, and Nicolas Pepe added a third before Sofiane Bendebka equalized in the 73rd minute.
For much of the 90 minutes, the Algerians were sluggish and lacking in fighting spirit, and the defeat marked an ignominious exit for the Algerians, who had entered the tournament with a 34-match unbeaten run but failed to beat Sierra Leone in their opening match before losing 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea.
Algeria, the defending champions, also exited the competition in the first round in 1992. The holders have now exited the competition three times in the group stage in the last five editions.
“At the moment, it’s difficult to make a rational analysis,” Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi said. “In this match, we wanted to make up lost ground, but we weren’t able to do so.” Perhaps doubt set in when we didn’t convert our early chances. We struggled to score even on penalties.”
“Everyone’s preparation was chaotic,” he added. We were told three days before we were supposed to receive our players that they would arrive one week later. Our match against Gambia is canceled. Many players struggled with Covid, who could only train half-heartedly and were forced to stay in their rooms.”
Algeria failed to ignite and their campaign came crashing down in spectacular fashion in the space of nine days. His team had come into the tournament with high hopes, even attempting to emulate Italy’s world-record run of 37 matches without defeat, but Algeria failed to ignite and their campaign came crashing down in spectacular fashion in the space of nine days.
Africa will crown a new champion on February 6 as a result of their departure.
The field is more level than it has ever been. Gambia and Comoros, the tournament’s two debutants, were both confirmed in the last 16. The Gambian team of Tom Saintfiet defeated Tunisia 1-0 to finish second in Group F, seven points behind Mali. Following Sierra Leone’s defeat by Equatorial Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire’s victory, Comoros, who eliminated Ghana from the competition, advanced.
In the second round, they will face Cameroon, the hosts. Egypt takes on Cote d’Ivoire in the other last-16 match, while Nigeria faces Tunisia.