Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria LIVE! AFCON result, match stream and latest updates today

Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria LIVE! AFCON result, match stream and latest updates today

Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria - LIVE!

Nigeria booked their place in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations as they picked up a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau. The Super Eagles went into their final group-stage match knowing a point would secure their progression through to the last-16, though even defeat might still have left them qualifying as one of the best third-placed teams.

It was a relatively sluggish start from Nigeria, but they took a narrow lead into the break. Moses Simon played the ball across the face of goal and, with Victor Osimhen lurking at the back post waiting for a tap-in, Opa Sangante smashed it into his own net. In an open second-half, Osimhen went close on a number of occasions to getting himself on the scoresheet, having one goal ruled out for handball after he scored from a yard out, and then heading wide when free six-yards out.

Franculino had the ball in the net for Guinea-Bissau, as they pushed for a late equaliser, but he was denied by the offside flag, as was Nigeria's Zaidu Sanusi when he then thought he had scored seconds later. Nigeria did not find a second goal but it mattered not, as they saw out the match to secure a victory that sees them safely through. The Super Eagles finished second in Group A, behind Equatorial Guinea, and will face Senegal, Guinea or Cameroon in the last-16.

Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria latest news

  • NO GOAL! Zaidu goal ruled out after Osimhen chance

  • NO GOAL! Franculino denied by offside flag

  • GOAL! Sangante turns ball into own net as Super Eagles lead

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19:54 , Matt Verri

Nigeria booked their place in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations as they picked up a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau.

The Super Eagles went into their final group-stage match knowing a point would secure their progression through to the last-16, though even defeat might still have left them qualifying as one of the best third-placed teams.

It was a relatively sluggish start from Nigeria, but they took a narrow lead into the break. Moses Simon played the ball across the face of goal and, with Victor Osimhen lurking at the back post waiting for a tap-in, Opa Sangante smashed it into his own net.

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Man of the match confirmed...

19:23 , Matt Verri

Moses Simon gets the nod, having put in the cross that led to the own goal.

Job done for Nigeria

19:14 , Matt Verri

It hasn't exactly been free-flowing attacking football from Nigeria, but they are safely into the knockout stages.

They've scored three goals across three matches, with two of those coming from a penalty and an own goal.

But they have been good enough at the back, conceding just once.

Two 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw... last-16 placed secured.

Group A standings

19:06 , Matt Verri

So Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria go through.

Ivory Coast left to hope they can squeeze through as one of the best third-placed teams, but their goal difference has taken a battering.

FT: Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

18:57 , Matt Verri

Job done for Nigeria!

The Super Eagles were better in the second-half and it's a win to round off their Group A campaign.

They go through as group winners, behind Equatorial Guinea.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

18:56 , Matt Verri

90+4 mins: Bassey takes an absolute age over a throw-in, inevitable yellow card for time-wasting follows.

Just over a minute to go...

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18:52 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Five minutes added on.

Somehow we haven't had a goal in this half, it's been so open.

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18:49 , Matt Verri

87 mins: It's a chaotic finish to this match. Guinea-Bissau piling numbers forward in search of an equaliser.

Ball swung into the middle, cleared out and Osimhen is then stopped from charging away on the counter. Was he fouled? Referee says no.


18:45 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Zaidu has the ball in the back of the net at the other end, after Osimhen's initial shot was saved.

It's offside again though!


18:45 , Matt Verri

83 mins: WOW.

Franculino hammers the ball into the Nigerian net, but the offside flag is up. Celebrations cut short.

VAR won't rescue Guinea-Bissau either.

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18:44 , Matt Verri

82 mins: Simon and Osimhen both with chances to put this match to bed, as the ball falls to him a few yards out.

Neither can get a clean shot away amid the scramble though, and Osimhen ends up kicking a defender rather than the ball.

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18:43 , Matt Verri

81 mins: Cande tries his luck with a free-kick from miles out, Nwabili not hugely convincing but palms it behind for a corner.

Nito gets across hia man at the near post, can't direct the flicked header though.

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18:40 , Matt Verri

78 mins: How has Osimhen not scored?!

Aina clips a glorious cross into the middle, Osimhen basically with a free header from six yards out but he powers the header wide.

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18:37 , Matt Verri

76 mins: Time for a cooling break.

Nigeria don't need to worry about the other match, they are getting the job done themselves.

Finishing top of Group A is though out of their hands.

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18:36 , Matt Verri

75 mins: Equatorial Guinea are 3-0 up on Ivory Coast!

Looks like they will top the group, with Nigeria going through in second place.

The hosts have big, big problems.

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18:34 , Matt Verri

72 mins: Nigeria winning a number of cheap free-kicks, Guinea-Bissau players losing their discipline a bit here.

The latest one is just about within shooting range.

Simon opts to cross it in instead, Mendes off his line to palm it away as Osimhen went up for the header.

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18:30 , Matt Verri

68 mins: Guinea-Bissau bringing on Ze Turbo.

He scored off the bench against Equatorial Guinea last time out. And he has a truly elite name.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

18:25 , Matt Verri

64 mins: Iwobi is on for Aribo, while Onyedika has come on for Onyeka.

Simon with another dangerous run, squares it for Iwobi and his first touch on the pitch is to guide a shot wide.

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18:23 , Matt Verri

62 mins: Looks like that Osimhen goal was actually ruled out for handball. Replays didn't show that at first.

Nigeria continue to pile the pressure on, a second goal can't be far away.

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18:21 , Matt Verri

60 mins: It won't count, no goal.

Just before that, Bassey launched himself to the ground in the box. Referee not interested, and VAR has had a quick look and waved play on too.


18:21 , Matt Verri

Osimhen has the ball in the net, but the whistle has gone!

Ball played across the face of goal, Mendes gets a big touch on it but it runs through to Osimhen, who has an open goal from a yard out.

Offside called though - VAR will check it.

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18:19 , Matt Verri

57 mins: Nigeria continue to look capable of scoring a second, they've been much better since the break.

Aina dinks a cross to the back post, Osimhen throws himself at the ball but the header loops wide.

At the other end, Nwabili is forced into a comfortable save.

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18:17 , Matt Verri

55 mins: Simon has to do more with his final ball.

He's getting into some great positions, Osimhen free on his outside this time, but he goes for a cute pass instead and the chance goes.

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18:14 , Matt Verri

52 mins: There's a lot more space on offer at the start of this half, Nigeria are getting chances.

Osimhen with a good run, plays the ball across the face of goal but Chukwueze can't catch up with it.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

18:11 , Matt Verri

50 mins: Onyeka with a ridiculous challenging, lunging in from behind with the ball already gone.

Yellow card for the midfielder and he can have no complaints.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

18:09 , Matt Verri

47 mins: Simon has to make it 2-0!

He's clean through on goal, looks to go round the goalkeeper but Mendes stretches out an arm and claims the ball. Big moment.

Back underway!

18:06 , Matt Verri

Up and running again as Nigeria look to complete job.

As it stands...

17:59 , Matt Verri

Equatorial Guinea have a 1-0 lead over Ivory Coast at half-time in the other match in Group A.

That means that will currently top the group, with Nigeria second on goal difference.

Ivory Coast will be left on three points, and having to hope that is enough to scrape through as one of the best third-placed teams.

Moment to forget for Sangante

17:54 , Matt Verri

The Guinea-Bissau defender had to do something though, Osimhen was waiting right behind him...

HT: Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

17:51 , Matt Verri

And that's half-time.

Nigeria certainly not at their best but they are on course to get the job done.

An own goal from Sangante is the difference at the break.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

17:50 , Matt Verri

45+4 mins: BIG chance.

Osimhen completely free in the middle as the cross is whipped in, can't quite get up in time though and he heads wide.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

17:49 , Matt Verri

45+3 mins: Osimhen briefly in behind, but he's unable to spin his man and has to lay the ball off.

Clipped to the back post, Aina gives away a soft free-kick.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

17:46 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Gano flicks a header over the bar, after Guinea-Bissau whip a free-kick into the box.

Four minutes added on.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

17:44 , Matt Verri

43 mins: Nigeria boss Jose Peseiro is getting very animated on the touchline. He's not happy at all with what he's seeing.

First yellow card of the match, as Ajayi tries to palm off Dalcio and catches him with an elbow. Bit harsh.

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

17:40 , Matt Verri

39 mins: Nigeria playing with more confidence now.

Simon found again in space on the left, he has time to put a ball into the middle but he curls it straight out of play. Should have done better there.

GOAL! Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria | Opa Sangante (OG) 37'

17:38 , Matt Verri


Simple as you like. Nigeria away down the left after a long ball out to Aina.

It's nodded into the path of Simon, he plays it across the face of goal and Sangante smashes it into his own net, with Osimhen waiting behind him for a tap-in.

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17:37 , Matt Verri

35 mins: Back underway, still Nigeria are struggling to get anything going.

Ball over their defence, Dalcio not far away at all from getting on the end of it. Warning signs for the Super Eagles.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:33 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Time for a cooling break, tough conditions for these players.

That goes a long way to explaining the pace of this match so far - not exactly been full of action.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:30 , Matt Verri

28 mins: Chukwueze wants a penalty, as he gets a shot away inside the area.

The defender was about a foot away, but the arm was a bit outstretched. Would have been very harsh.

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17:27 , Matt Verri

26 mins: A couple of times Nigeria have opted for a long throw, bringing the centre-backs up.

Both times it's been pretty threatening, but Guinea-Bissau get a free-kick this time. Ajayi too keen.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:23 , Matt Verri

22 mins: Corner for Guinea-Bissau, underdogs continue to look threatening.

That's not particularly threatening though, swung to the back post and Aina can let that run straight out.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:21 , Matt Verri

20 mins: Not a huge amount of pace in the game, both teams happy to sit off out of possession.

A point would be enough for Nigeria to go through, but you'd imagine they will want to push for all three in their bid to finish top of Group A.

This is more like it, as Osimhen lays the ball off. Aribo with the shot, deflected and Mendes can comfortably claim.

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17:18 , Matt Verri

17 mins: Good goalkeeping from Mendes, charges off his line to punch the ball away with Osimhen lurking in the middle.

He was in a lot of space... explained by the flag going up for offside. Again.

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17:17 , Matt Verri

16 mins: Nigeria corner, swung in deep and it's cleared away.

Bit more like it, Super Eagles with more of the ball having had just 30% of possession so far.

Long ball over the top, Osayi on the stretch can only poke the ball at the goalkeeper. Offside flag goes up, wouldn't have counted.

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17:14 , Matt Verri

13 mins: Lovely move from Guinea-Bissau, who are playing with plenty of confidence.

Onyeka is shrugged away, as Quizera gets a shot away from distance. High and wide, but Nigeria are looking a bit sluggish here.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:10 , Matt Verri

10 mins: After a good start, Nigeria have hardly had a kick in the last five minutes or so.

Guinea-Bissau seeing plenty of the ball, the Super Eagles showing no real desire to press high up the pitch.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:08 , Matt Verri

7 mins: Nito tries his luck from distance, as Nigeria allow him space from 25 yards out. Shot is straight at the goalkeeper.

Nwabili then takes a bit too long on the ball, gets clattered as he eventually plays the pass. Free-kick.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:05 , Matt Verri

4 mins: Simon tries to slide Osimhen in, just overhits the pass though and the striker gives up on that.

Promising early signs from the Super Eagles though.

Guinea-Bissau 0-0 Nigeria

17:03 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Nigeria fly out of the blocks, Osimhen with a shot blocked from the edge of the area within 20 seconds.

Aina then fouled out wide, free-kick for the Super Eagles in a good position.

Initially cleared, comes back to Osimhen and it's another effort at goal. Dragged wide, but the offside flag goes up anyway.


17:01 , Matt Verri

Up and running for the final time in Group A!

Here we go!

16:56 , Matt Verri

Teams are out, time for the anthems.

Guinea-Bissau, remember, have never won an AFCON match. Still plenty for them to play for despite their early exit.

16:54 , Matt Verri

It's been a tournament with plenty of shocks so far.

Nigeria losing this match would probably be the biggest of the lot though, and would leave their AFCON campaign in real strife.

As it stands, the Super Eagles are the fifth-favourites to win AFCON, behind Senegal, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Algeria.

Algeria still a long way from being confirmed in the last-16...

Not long now!

16:49 , Matt Verri

Players will be in the tunnel in the next five minutes or so.

Nigeria strong favourites to win this match, with Guinea-Bissau losing their first two games and now making plenty of changes.

Should the Super Eagles pick up all three points, top spot in Group A could well be theirs.

Osimhen to deliver?

16:39 , Matt Verri

Victor Osimhen scored in Nigeria's opening draw with Equatorial Guinea, but he hasn't quite been at his brilliant best yet.

He is the man the Super Eagles will turn to and against a Guinea-Bissau side that have already conceded six goals this tournament, Osimhen will be confident of really hitting top form heading into the knockout stages.

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Familiar foes

16:31 , Matt Verri

Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau were in the same group for AFCON qualifying.

The Super Eagles finished top of the group, winning five of their six matches, but they were beaten by Guinea-Bissau in Abuja.

There was some revenge for Nigeria, winning 1-0 away from home themselves, but those games showed Guinea-Bissau are certainly capable of keeping things competitive.

World Cup qualifying begins...

16:25 , Matt Verri

Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup began for African countries towards the end of last year.

Nigeria have got off to a slow start, drawing with Lesotho and Zimbabwe. The Super Eagles had to come from behind in both those games.

It leaves them third in Group C, with Rwanda and South Africa setting the early pace.

Guinea-Bissau are third in Group A but have four points to their name, drawing with Burkina Faso and beating Djibouti.

In the building!

16:16 , Matt Verri

The Nigeria players have arrived, looking relaxed as ever ahead of kick-off.

Changes for Nigeria

16:10 , Matt Verri

Nigeria do keep faith with the back-three, but there are still changes for the Super Eagles.

Troost-Ekong drops to the bench, Omeruo comes into the side, while Samuel also gets the nod.

Iwobi is not involved so Aribo comes into the side, and it is Simon who is preferred to Lookman out wide.

Nigeria team news

16:03 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Nwabali, Aina, Omeruo, Ajayi, Bassey, Samuel, Onyeka, Chukwueze, Aribo, Simon, Osimhen

Subs: Moffi, Uzoho, Sanusi, Troost-Ekong, Musa, Onyemaechi, Iheanacho, Iwobi, Lookman, Onuachu, Awaziem, Nwadike

Guinea-Bissau team news

16:01 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Mendes, Mendes, Ie, Sangante, Nanu, Bikel, Nito, Quizera, Dalcio, Gomes, Gano

Subs: Cande, Dju, Djalo, Semedo, Marciano, Djoco, Rodrigues, Encada, Cassama, Mane, Embadje, Ze Turbo

Stand by...

15:58 , Matt Verri

Team news coming up very shortly.

Will be interesting to see if Nigeria stick with the back-three system they opted for last time out, with Bassey coming into the side.

All will be revealed in the next few minutes.

Peseiro: We cannot underestimate Guinea-Bissau

15:48 , Matt Verri

Nigeria boss Jose Peseiro is has urged his side not to "underestimate" Guinea-Bissau, as they look to pick up three points that could be enough for them to top Group A.

“Our focus now is against Guinea-Bissau, and we want to reach the first position," he said.

'We want to fight for the spot in the group, and to do that, we need to improve on our next match.”

Peseiro added: “Bissau is a good team with quality players, [and] we cannot underestimate them.

"They played good football, and they can beat any team, but we know our responsibility, and that must show on the field of play with better performance.”

Nigeria eye deep run

15:38 , Matt Verri

Nigeria have not crashed out of AFCON in the group-stage since 1982.

They'll be fairly confident of extending that strong record, with the four points they have on the board likely already enough to at least go through as one of the best third-placed teams.

It is now more than a decade since they last lifted the AFCON trophy though, in South Africa in 2013.

Since then, they failed to qualify twice, finished third in 2019 and then suffered a last-16 exit two years ago.

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Guinea-Bissau eye historic win

15:29 , Matt Verri

Guinea-Bissau will be heading home after losing their first two matches, but boss Baciro Cande has urged his side to go out on a high with a first ever AFCON win.

“We are excited to play a good match,” Cande said.

“We have one match to close the first phase of the competition, and we will do everything to have a good game.

"“It will be difficult, but we will do everything possible. We want to have our first AFCON win.”

Pivotal Nigeria win

15:17 , Matt Verri

After drawing their opening game with Equatorial Guinea, there would have been plenty of Nigeria nerves heading into their crucial match against Ivory Coast.

There was very little in the match, until William Troost-Ekong stepped up to the penalty spot and opted for something of the 'no messing about' variety.

How it stands

15:07 , Matt Verri

Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Ivory Coast are all in decent shape in terms of reaching the last-16.

Just a point is needed for Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria to go through, but four points, which they are both already on, would likely be enough to reach the last-16 as one of the best third-placed teams if it came to that.

Nigeria will be eyeing top spot though and a more favourable draw, while there is a bit more pressure on Ivory Coast, who need a win to be sure.

Guinea-Bissau are already eliminated.

Standard Sport prediction

14:58 , Matt Verri

Nigeria look strong favourites for this one, with Guinea-Bissau beaten in both games thus far.

The Super Eagles can be expected to come out strong, knowing there's a good chance victory would leave them top of the group.

Nigeria to win 2-0.

Nigeria team news

14:50 , Matt Verri

For Nigeria, Fulham defender Calvin Bassey replaced the injured Alhassan Yusuf against Ivory Coast.

Jose Peseiro must decide whether to stick with that game's 5-4-1 formation, or reintroduce an extra midfielder or forward to boost the threat up front in a game they should be looking to win comfortably.


Guinea-Bissau team news

14:43 , Matt Verri

Guinea-Bissau aren’t thought to have picked up any fresh injury concerns, with Ouparine Djoco likely to continue in goal despite struggling last time out against Equatorial Guinea.

Ze Turbo scored off the bench in that match and will hope to force his way into the starting lineup.

How to watch Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria

14:37 , Matt Verri

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Football. Coverage starts at 4.55pm GMT ahead of a 5pm kick-off.

Live stream: Subscribers will be able to watch on a live stream via the Sky Go app.

Live blog: Follow all the action right here with us!

Good afternoon!

14:31 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria!

Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations comes to a conclusion this evening, with hosts Ivory Coast taking on Equatorial Guinea at the same time.

We'll bring you a full look at the permutations very shortly, but a point for Nigeria will be enough to see them through to the last-16.

All the latest build-up and team news right here ahead of kick-off, which comes at 5pm GMT from the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium. Stay with us!