Emilio Nsue scored a hat trick and Equatorial Guinea took a large step towards the knockout stage of the African Cup on Nations with a 4-2 win over Guinea-Bissau on Thursday.
Equatorial Guinea moved into first place in Group A with 4 factors from two video games earlier than residence nation Ivory Coast performed Nigeria later.
Nsue capitalized on a defensive mistake to place the “National Thunder” forward within the twenty first minute, just for an personal aim from Esteban Orozco to attract Guinea-Bissau stage once more within the thirty seventh.
Orozco was making an attempt to chop out a cross for Franculino Dju — who was offside — when he turned the ball into his personal internet.
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But José Miranda struck from exterior the field after the break and Nsue grabbed his second to successfully seal the consequence 5 minutes later. He accomplished his hat-trick by scoring from a troublesome angle within the 61st, although he needed to endure a VAR overview earlier than celebrating.
Substitute Ze Turbo scored Guinea Bissau’s comfort aim in damage time however couldn’t stop the nation’s winless run on the Africa Cup from stretching to 11 video games. The “Djurtus” are backside of the group after dropping each video games up to now.
The 60,000-capacity Alassane Ouattara Stadium was largely empty for the match, although it was anticipated to refill for Ivory Coast’s recreation in opposition to Nigeria on the similar venue later. Organizers mentioned all tickets have been bought out. The opening video games have been affected by ticketing issues.
Abidjan was bustling with excited followers lengthy earlier than the house staff’s match, many sporting its distinctive orange jersey, blowing their horns, and waving the nation’s orange, white and inexperienced flags.
The noise was complemented by the frequent whistles of overworked visitors conductors making an attempt in useless to ease the town’s perpetual bottlenecks, and the sirens of emergency providers making an attempt to get by.
Nigeria was below strain to beat Ivory Coast after drawing with Equatorial Guinea 1-1 of their opening recreation.
Also, Ghana and Egypt have been enjoying at Abidjan’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium later, with the strain on each groups after failing to win their opening video games.