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Nigeria vs Algeria: What Odion Ighalo said after Super Eagles failed to qualify for AFCON final

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has said that Gernot Rohr’s men were unlucky to have lost to Algeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, semi-final on Sunday.

The Shanghai Shenhua star said that the Super Eagles deserved to get more from the match against the Desert Foxes at the Cairo International Stadium.

Algeria took the lead in the first half, no thanks to a William Troost-Ekong own goal.

The Super Eagles levelled in the second half, after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision, with Odion Ighalo stroking home the penalty.

With the match heading into extra time, Riyad Mahrez stepped up and spanked a free-kick past Daniel Akpeyi to send his side into the final.

Addressing reporters in a post-match interview, Ighalo said: “It was a difficult game and we were unlucky at the last minute because in the second half we really played well and we deserved more than what we got today.

“But this is football. They got a free kick in the last minute and they scored and the game finished.”

Nigeria will now tackle Tunisia for the third-place match on Wednesday.

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