Madagascar created one of the shocking results in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating three-time champions Nigeria 2-0 in their Group B encounter at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday, reports Completesports.com
Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamatsinoro got the goals for Barea who recorded their first win against the Super Eagles.
The defeat ended Nigeria’s nine game unbeaten streak in the AFCON.
Madagascar who are playing at the AFCON finals for the first time finished top of the group with seven points from three games.
The Super Eagles ended in second position with six points, and may face perennial rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana or Benin Republic in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
The Super Eagles dominated the early exchanges but were behind in the 13th minute following a defensive blunder.
John Ogu, who was handed his first start of the competition passed the ball to Leon Balogun who lost possession and allowed Lalaina to slot the ball home after dribbling past Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Nigeria struggled to break down a resolute Madagascar defence afterwards with Odion Ighalo left isolated upfront.
Ahmed Musa wasted a good chance to draw the Super Eagles level a minute after the half hour mark.
The Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia winger was played through on goal by John Mikel Obi and the ball was cleared off his feet as he attempted to dribble past the Burundi goalkeeper.
Wilfred Ndidi replaced John Ogu at the start of the second half as the Super Eagles fought to find a way back into the game.
Madagascar doubled their lead in the 53rd minute with Ndidi deflecting home
Andriamatsinoro’ s freekick.
The Super Eagles were unable to find their way back into the game as Nicolas Dupuis’ men recorded a famous win in the competition.
In the other Group B match, the Syli Nationale of Guinea defeated Burundi 2-0 at All Salam Stadium Cairo. Mohamed Yattara pounced on a rebound from Francois Kamano’s shot to hit the net in the 25th minute. Yattara scored again in the 52nd minute with an assist from captain Ibrahima Traore.
Burundi had to battle for 78 minutes of the match following the sending off of Christophe Nduwarugira for pulling down goal-bound Yattara in the 12th minute.
Guinea finished in the third position on four points, and will wait for the completion of other groups’s games to know if they have qualified for the round of 16 as one of the best four third-placed teams.
AFCON finals debutants Burundi finished bottom of Group B without any point after losing all their three matches.
By Adeboye Amosu