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Emilio Nsue records first hat-trick at AFCON as Equatorial Guinea defeats Guinea Bissau

Equatorial Guinea defeated Guinea Bissau 4-2 in the second Group A match on Thursday, in Abidjan to enhance their chances of progressing to the next stage of the competition.

Emilio Nsue led the onslaught as he grabbed a sensational hat-trick in the game after an intense battle for dominance in the early stages of the game.

Nsue became the first player to score a AFCON finals treble since Morocco’s Soufiane Alloudi against Namibia in 2008. ?

Equatorial Guinea took the lead when Nsue pounced on a defensive error to slot home on 20 minutes.?

But Guinea-Bissau hit back through an Esteban Orozco own goal forced by Franculino Dju’s pressure to level on 37 minutes.

The Nzalang Nacional retook the lead straight after half-time when Josete Miranda fired home following a long goal kick.

Nsue then punished more sloppy defending to bag his second on 51 minutes and sealed his hat-trick just after the hour mark with an emphatic finish.

Guinea-Bissau pulled one back deep in added time through Ze Turbo but it only s
erved as a consolation.

With one game remaining, Equatorial Guinea now stand on the brink of a second straight appearance in the AFCON knockout stage.

Source: Ghana News Agency