A first-half own-goal by Opa Sanganté helped Nigeria book their seat at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) knockout stages with a challenging 1-0 victory against a spirited Guinea-Bissau side seeking their maiden win at the tournament.

Having never lost all three games in the AFCON group stages, the already-eliminated Guinea-Bissau mounted an impressive resistance to thwart Victor Osimhen and his compatriots, even looking more menacing in the early stages against the three-time AFCON winners.

However, Guinea-Bissau were rocked when Sanganté blasted an attempted clearance against his own goalkeeper, handing Nigeria a fortunate lead. With qualification to the knockout stages at stake, José Peseiro’s men looked comfortable with their one-goal lead heading into the break, with Victor Osimhen coming close to a second goal with a missed header in first-half stoppage time.

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