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AFCON 2023: Nsue Hat-Trick Sends Equatorial Guinea Top Of Group A

Emilio Nsue’s remarkable performance saw him score the first Africa Cup of Nations hat-trick since 2008, leading Equatorial Guinea to a 4-2 victory over Guinea-Bissau. Nsue, the team’s captain, opened the scoring in the first half and added two more goals in the second half. This win, combined with a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in their opening game, gives Equatorial Guinea four points in Group A.

Positioned well to advance to the last 16, they aim to replicate their quarter-final run from two years ago. Notably, Nsue’s hat-trick makes him the first player since 2008 to achieve this feat at the Cup of Nations. Despite starting his career at Real Mallorca and being part of Spain’s Under-21 Euro-winning team in 2011, Nsue later chose to represent Equatorial Guinea, captaining them to the AFCON semi-finals in 2015.

Having later featured in the English Championship with Middlesbrough and Birmingham City, Nsue currently plays for Intercity in the Spanish third tier, often taking on the role of right-back. In this match, where he led the Equatorial Guinea attack, Nsue scored the opening goal in the 21st minute.

Although Guinea-Bissau equalized in the 37th minute with an own goal by Esteban Orozco, they missed a chance to take the lead when a penalty decision was overturned after a referee review. Equatorial Guinea regained the lead early in the second half with Josete Miranda scoring, assisted by a long kick from goalkeeper Jesus Owono.

Nsue then showcased his skills, completing a hat-trick with a goal in the 51st minute and another, rounding the goalkeeper, just after the hour mark.

Despite initially being ruled out for offside, Nsue’s third goal was eventually awarded. Guinea-Bissau managed to pull one back late in the game through Ze Turbo.

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