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Tunisia vs Nigeria Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News
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|Tunisia vs Nigeria Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News by Kenshaz(1): Wed Jul 2019 01:14pm|
Tunisia face Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations third place playoff on Wednesday night, after the two sides both suffered crushing late defeats in their semi-final ties.
The two teams will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing semi final outings, which saw Senegal and Algeria advance to the final. Although it may only be third place that's up for grabs, both sides will field a strong XI to claim the bronze medal and some bragging rights.
Nigeria will perhaps come into the game as the favourites, but will still be reeling from
a heartbreaking 96th minute defeat at the hands of Riyad Mahrez and Algeria.
Check out 90min's preview for Wednesday's big game below.
Where to Watch
When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 17 July
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Al Salam Stadium
Channel/Live Stream? EuroSport 2 UK & Fubo TV
Both sides boast a relatively clean bill of health ahead of Wednesday evening's third place clash.
The only slight concern for the Eagles is attacker Youssef Msakni, who was replaced at half-time in their defeat to Senegal. However, he should be fit to start for Tunisia on Wednesday.
Nigeria may look to freshen up the tired legs which battled until the very end against Algeria, with Ferjani Sassi and midfielder Marc Lamti the likely replacements for the Super Eagles.
Tunisia Mouez; Bronn, Meriah, Hadadi, Khazri; Sassi, Lamti, Skhiri; B Mohamed, Msakni, Khenissi.
Nigeria Akpeyi; Ekong, Omeruo, Awaziem, Collins; Kalu, Musa, Etebo; Chukwueze, Onyekuru; Ighalo.
Head to Head Record
These two sides tend to draw with one another; pretty much all of the time. Nigeria beat Tunisia 4-2 back in January 2000, but since then neither side has claimed a victory in normal or extra time.
Nigerian defender Taye Taiwo (top L) jum
With penalties being the only way to separate the pair over the past 19 years, it could well be another close game on Wednesday night.
Tunisia have stuttered their way through this year's AFCON tournament, drawing their three group games and reaching the quarter-finals without winning a game in normal nor extra time.
Their 3-0 win over Madagascar gave the Eagles some confidence going into their semi-final tie, but they were unable to unlock the Senegalese backline, and conceded a devastating own goal during extra time.
Nigeria have grown throughout the competition, after an uninspiring pair of wins and a humbling defeat to Madagascar in their group fixtures.
The Super Eagles put in two strong performances against Cameroon and South Africa to reach the semi-final, but a moment of magic from Riyad Mahrez broke Nigerian hearts in the sixth minute of added time.
Here's how each team performed in their last six fixtures:
Senegal 1-0 Tunisia (14/7) Algeria 2-1 Nigeria (14/7)
Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia (11/7) Nigeria 2-1 South Africa (10/7)
Ghana 1-1 Tunisia -Tunisia won 5-4 on pens (8/7) Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon (6/7)
Mauritius 0-0 Tunisia (2/7) Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria (30/6)
Tunisia 1-1 Mali (28/6) Nigeria 1-0 Guinea (26/6)
Tunisia 1-1 Angola (24/6) Nigeria 1-0 Burundi (22/6)
Both teams will still be reeling from their dramatic exits from the competition, but they have to put in one final performance in this tournament. Nigeria have improved during the competition, while Tunisia's only impressive display came against a plucky, but inferior, Madagascar side.
Nigeria will be slightly less fresh than their opponents, but they have the attacking quality to break down the stubborn Tunisian defence and claim third place on Wednesday night.
It's a match neither side was hoping to play, but in the end one of them must win.
Prediction: Tunisia 1-2 Nigeria
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|RE: Tunisia vs Nigeria Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News by Kenshaz(1): Wed Jul 2019 01:03pm|
Call it the final before the final and you won’t be far from right. The third-place fixture at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON, will be played today between the two eagles – the Super and the Carthage.
Losing semi-finalists, Nigeria Super Eagles and Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles will battle for the third and fourth spots in African football.
Both losers from their last games will be hoping to end their campaign on a high. More so because only the winners on the day get medals for their victory.
Both teams qualified as second best in their respective groups. Nigeria looked to be topping Group B before Madagascar pulled an upset by beating them 2 – 0 to top the group.
At the round-of-16 level, they kicked out defending champions Cameroon in a five-goal thriller before dispatching South Africa by two goals to one at the quarter-final stage.
Their semi-final clash with Algeria looked set for extra time until Riyad Mahrez broke Nigerian hearts with a last minute free kick.
For their part, Tunisia managed three draws in Group E but still finished second in Group E behind Mali. They beat Ghana in the round-of-16 stage and tactically kicked out Madagascar – the surprise package of the AFCON by three unanswered goals.
The semi-finals clash had traveled into extra time and looked set for penalties but an extra-time strike meant that that Senegalese side managed to avoid penalties which the Tunisians had used to eliminate Ghana in the round-of-16.
Like the final, this is a battle between the West and North of Africa. Tunisia have lost only a game, Nigeria have lost two – Madagascar, Algeria.
There are four AFCONs between them, three for Nigeria and a 2004 triumph for the Carthage Eagles. It sure will come down to which eagle soars highest on the night.
What Tunisian coach Giresse said ahead of the game
“Our target was more than just reaching the semi-final. But now we focus on the game against Nigeria and hope to win third place,” Giresse told the media during Tuesday’s pre-match conference.
“I believe this is going to be a psychologically tough encounter because we are not over that defeat from Senegal yet.
“I cannot say all our players are fit after playing two extra-times but we will do our best.
“This is football and we understand the whole team disappointment. But we have to forget that and focus on the Nigeria game.”
Tunisia have won only one of their three third-place games in Afcon history. That triumph was a 3-0 win over Uganda in 1962.
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