Libya 2-3 Nigeria: how Nigeria players rated

Nigeria are on their brink of reaching their first Africa Cup of Nations finals since 2013 after defeating Libya 3-2 in Sfax.

The victory — their second against the north Africans in the space of four days — has lifted Gernot Rohr’s team to the top of group E.

Odion Ighalo continued where he left off, tapping home Ahmed Musa’s pass, before Musa himself slotted in the second after weaving his way past two defenders.

Mohamed Zubya cancelled one, heading in Mohamed Saltou’s headed pass 10 minutes before the interval and Ahmad Benali fired home a loose ball to put his side level, but Odion Ighalo broke the hearts of the home supporters when he cut onto his left before firing beyond Ahmed Azzaqa in the Libya goal.

This is how our chief writer rated each of Nigeria’s players in their 3-2 win in Sfax


•Francis Uzoho

Denied the hosts on three occasions, but was largely shaky, spilling the ball twice. Coach Gernot may consider some options before November’s clash with South Africa.4⃣/🔟


•Ola Aina

Should have prevented Ahmad Benali from getting to the loose ball, which the no.11 fired home for the Libyan second. 6⃣/🔟


William Troost-Ekong

Struggled to deal with threats from Mohamed Zubya and Mohammed Saltou. 6⃣/🔟


Leon Balogun

His lack of pace was exposed on two or three occasions. Showed composure, though. 6⃣.5⃣/🔟


•Jamilu Collins

Kept things simple, but offered the attack very little. 5⃣/🔟


Oghenekaro Etebo

Bossy, strong. Eventually tired out before being substituted. 7⃣/🔟


•Wilfred Ndidi

Put up a performance not comparable to the one we saw in Uyo on Saturday. Picked a needless yellow card. 6⃣🔟


Ahmed Musa

Set up one, scored one. 8⃣/🔟


Samuel Kalu

Didn’t seek personal glory, like he did on Saturday. 6⃣.5⃣/🔟


Alex Iwobi

Did well with distribution, but lacked threat in the final third. 5⃣/🔟


•Odion Ighalo

Extended his brilliant scoring form with a brace — meaning he’s scored six goals in his last three international outings. 8⃣/🔟


Substitutes:

John Ogu

Solid after coming on for Etebo but nearly gifted the Mediterranean Knights a goal, when he was dispossessed. 5⃣/🔟


Henry Onyekuru

Went close to scoring after replacing Kalu, controlling Aina’s brilliant cross before firing wide of the far post. 5⃣/🔟


Semi Ajayi

Didn’t stay on the pitch long enough to be considered for a rating.

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