A thrilling West African derby had all the right ingredients for a Round of 16 clash between Nigeria and Cameroon.
Odion Ighalo was on top of his game managing to score a brace for the Super Eagles and was involved in assisting Alex Iwobi's winning goal that edged champions out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
China-based striker Ighalo who was started ahead of Denmark-based Paul Onuachu went home in a scrappy opener but Clarence Seedorf's Indomitable Lions had other ideas with Stephen Bahoken and Clinton Njie finding the back of the net with two rapid goals before the break.
Nigeria drew level as Ighalo volleyed in his second just past the hour and provided an impressive assist for Arsenal's Iwobi to take home three minutes later and set up the prospect of a highly anticipated quarter-final clash with hosts and favourites Egypt.
Seedorf’s penchant for change has seen the former Dutch star heavily rotate his Cameroon side in Egypt, with Karl Toko Ekambi dropping to the bench here and 2017 player of the tournament Christian Bassogog recalled along with Clinton Njie in a bid to breathe life into a faltering attack.
The Super Eagles eliminated Cameroon in the first knockout round the last time they were reigning champions in 2004, and their bid to repeat history looked on when Ighalo nudged Nigeria ahead with a scrappy opening goal after 19 minutes.
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