Equatorial Guinea secured a significant 4-2 victory over Guinea-Bissau in the Africa Cup of Nations, with veteran striker Emilio Nsue scoring a hat-trick. The thrilling encounter positions Equatorial Guinea favorably to progress to the knockout stage.
Nsue opened the scoring in the 21st minute, showcasing his experience and goal-scoring prowess. Despite Guinea-Bissau leveling with an own goal from Esteban Orozco, Equatorial Guinea quickly regained the lead through Josete Miranda early in the second half.
The highlight of the match was Nsue’s hat-trick, with goals in the 51st and 61st minutes, securing a historic win for Equatorial Guinea. Nsue’s remarkable achievement marked the first hat-trick at the Africa Cup of Nations since 2008.
Guinea-Bissau fought valiantly, and Ze Turbo managed to pull one back in stoppage time, but it was not enough to alter the outcome. Equatorial Guinea now holds four points from two matches in Group A, positioning them well for the knockout stages.
Nsue, a former player for Middlesbrough and captain of Equatorial Guinea’s 2015 AFCON semi-final team, showcased his goal-scoring prowess and leadership on the field. The victory sets Equatorial Guinea on a promising path, even if they face a challenge against hosts Ivory Coast in their final group stage match.
On the other hand, Guinea-Bissau, currently with zero points, faces an uphill battle in their final group stage match against three-time champions Nigeria. The four best third-placed teams also have a chance to advance to the last 16, providing Equatorial Guinea with a favorable position for progression.