Nigeria secured a pivotal Africa Cup of Nations victory against Ivory Coast in Abidjan, bouncing back from a lackluster tournament start. Despite the absence of injured striker Sebastien Haller, Ivory Coast aimed to defend their standing after a previous win against Guinea-Bissau. Nigeria, coming off a draw with Equatorial Guinea, made strategic changes, including a shift in formation and introducing Samuel Chukwueze and Calvin Bassey to the starting lineup. The decisive moment came in the second half when William Troost-Ekong converted a VAR-awarded penalty. Ivory Coast now faces pressure to secure a positive result in their final group stage match.
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