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
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/🔟
Should have prevented Ahmad Benali from getting to the loose ball, which the no.11 fired home for the Libyan second. 6⃣/🔟
Struggled to deal with threats from Mohamed Zubya and Mohammed Saltou. 6⃣/🔟
His lack of pace was exposed on two or three occasions. Showed composure, though. 6⃣.5⃣/🔟
Kept things simple, but offered the attack very little. 5⃣/🔟
Bossy, strong. Eventually tired out before being substituted. 7⃣/🔟
Put up a performance not comparable to the one we saw in Uyo on Saturday. Picked a needless yellow card. 6⃣🔟
Set up one, scored one. 8⃣/🔟
Didn’t seek personal glory, like he did on Saturday. 6⃣.5⃣/🔟
Did well with distribution, but lacked threat in the final third. 5⃣/🔟
Extended his brilliant scoring form with a brace — meaning he’s scored six goals in his last three international outings. 8⃣/🔟
Solid after coming on for Etebo but nearly gifted the Mediterranean Knights a goal, when he was dispossessed. 5⃣/🔟
Went close to scoring after replacing Kalu, controlling Aina’s brilliant cross before firing wide of the far post. 5⃣/🔟
Didn’t stay on the pitch long enough to be considered for a rating.