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Match report: Nigeria beat Ethiopia with two penalties from Victor Moses

Posted: 29 January 2013 Time: 21:23

Nigeria are through to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, after a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their final Group C match on Tuesday.

Victor Moses scored twice from the penalty spot in the last 10 minutes to send the Super Eagles through.

Nigeria ended in second in Group C, after Burkina Faso and Zambia drew 0-0.

The Super Eagles dominated the first half, as has come to be expected this tournament, but again were unable to make their possession count.

They created plenty of chances, but were not able to turn those opportunities into goals.

Luckily for Nigeria, Ethiopia were as unconvincing in front of goal, creating just one half-chance in the first half, when Saladin Said sent a free header wide of the target.

Efe Ambrose could have headed home from a free-kick early in the match, but sent the ball over the crossbar.

Shortly after, Ikechukwu Uche headed wide after a free-kick from Moses, and a few minutes later Elderson Echiejile forced a save from Ethiopian keeper Sisay Bancha, with a header from a corner.

Just before half-time Kenneth Omeruo had the best chance of the half, as the ball fell at his feet after some confusion in the box, but the defender shot over the bar from close range.

After the restart Omeruo was back in the thick of things, this time with a header on goal, but – again – it went just over the bar.

10 minutes from time Moses was pulled down inside the box by Alula Girma, and coolly converted the spot-kick to put the Nigerians 1-0 up.

Five minutes later Moses went on the counter-attack, and was brought down by Sisay Bancha in the box. The keeper was shown his second yellow card and dismissed.

Ethiopia had made all three of their substitutions, and Addis Hintsu had to take the gloves for Moses’ second penalty. He went the right way, but the ball hit the back of the net and sealed the victory for Nigeria.


Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:33 am
Nigeria Players has natural strength and talent. If we can get a South American Coach, Nigeria will be playing a flowing football which we are capable of. Mikel must stop spoiling our balls with unneccessary looping of the ball just to make strikers struggle. He don't play them in space and they don't look dangerous going forward. He must trust his midfielders and give them the ball moving forward.
posted: 12:35 am
@spotOn man, I'm not ridiculing your Team. No one wanted a win for the Eagles today more badly than me. My prayers was with Ʋя Team throughout. I'm a Ghanaian and I lOve Naija Football since we'll are bro's from the West.
posted: 12:39 am
Anonymous, one of the things they should teach in your schos is how to reason without stereotyping. Just because you only hear of ethiopian long distance runners doesnt mean they cant sprint you fool. What sort of reasoning is that?? You think they dont have 100m running in their school sports? Stereotyping is for lazy people who cant think. I have never seen a basketball team from SA, so should i conclude that SA cant play basketball? Idiot
posted: 12:40 am
Important message.

This is nonsense, how can super eagles draw with unnecessary teams. If super eagles were active they should have score at least 4-0. playing against 10 players, and still they were still playing as if it was 12 players. If they are playing like this, with small teams, then lets see how they will play with Ivory coast. They will distabulize, remove-us-from-the-nations-cup-putilze, and disgrace-si-fu-lize the super eagles
posted: 12:44 am
hello I have aids kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK

I am delighted to see that there are two types of South Africans on this site

1) A sensible person like "Jomo Sono Wase Orlando!!!!!\"
2) a compound fool like \\"####### kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK\"

Jomo Sono Wase Orlando! You are absolutely right about your comments on what you believe the NFF should do. We have the best youth football system in Africa but it seems that they are not trickling through into the senior team. To strengthen your point, the real problem with Nigerian football is the hiring and firing of football coaches.

Siasia should have been given a chance to prove himself. The Super eagles were scoring goals when he was in charge. The reason why Westerhof and Jo Bonfere were successful was because they were in the job for years. If your team is going through a transition period, you must have a coach for the long haul.

“Mr i have aids kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK,” it seems you are not happy with life. I don’t know if your parents were killed during the struggle of apartheid or indeed if you are riddled with HIV,

I think you should learn a thing or two from your fellow compatriot. I know you don’t have class, but could you at least pretend? I suggest you take advantage of the fact that you live in the UK. GO BACK TO SCHOOL.
I think you have a small dick , click on this link. the NHS will help you
posted: 12:57 am
@futbol-aficionado, Good point. I'm a 100% Super Eagles loyalist but don't fancy Keshi's style. @commonsense, Spot on bro. Somehow Keshi is squeezing out results even with poor display , let's wait until the CIV clash to make proper analysis. Kenneth Omeruo is a 'ROCK' , any other person agrees with me ?? The guy hardly puts a foot wrong. I think Omeruo has been very impressive. Omeruo can give Drogba 'beta chewing-gum-marking'. Somehow, i think Nigeria may triumph over CIV. Anything can happen is soccer.
Ned Kay
posted: 12:58 am
@Anonymous,I agree we were not at our best,but how much does sia sia give u for the nonsense u always vomit here?
Ned Kay
posted: 01:06 am
Culd all of u calling for sia sia possibly shut up? Must he be d one to coach eagles? Wht did he do with the chance he was given? If we need a new coach,abeg go and shop for a seasoned foreign coach since the local ones are proving not to be capable. Sia sia my foot!
posted: 01:08 am
Abeg, Kenneth Omeruo, best thing since slice bread!! Love him
posted: 01:43 am
Ned Kay

Siasia's football was not heart-ache football. There was a pattern. Given more time we would have become a FORCE by now not scared of IvoryCoast. But now we are scared... Siasia defeated Argentina B team. Yes B team 4-1 but Keshi would have drawn against them or even lose the match. Siasia did not lose any match during the qualifier. If he had played away to Guinea with a draw, we would have qualified but nFA wasted time due to politics and Eguevoen lost the match.
Nigeria 2-1 S. Leone

Nigeria 4-0 Ethiopia

Nigeria 3-0 Kenya

Nigeria 4-1 Argentina

Nigeria 2-2 Ethiopia

Nigeria 2-0 Madagasca

Nigeria 1-3 Argentina

Nigeria 2-2 Guinea

Even the last draw vs Guinea was a fantastic match. We created chances after chances. We should have beaten them 5-2. We could not have patience with a better coach now we are giving Keshi that patience that will not yield result. Few Mad people run NFA with some senseless loyalist. That is why we have PDP running the Country.
posted: 01:49 am
Ivory coast dosen't scare me a bit. Not at allllll ! Nigeria has got players to match every player they present. We have We played as outside contenders in group C and people could'nt keep their mouths shut with pessimistic views yet they made it 3 games without a loss adding it to their previous 16 games unbeaten coming into this tournament. Yaya Toure said during his pre tournament interview with radio France intl that Nigeria is the only team he is scared of as they are made up players who are fighting to prove something.

I will keep quiet for now until after the game against the CIV.
Long live Nigeria and God bless my darling super eagles.
posted: 02:01 am
Zambiaman, if we bought the ref, how come he did not dish out red cards for those Kung fu tackles from the Ethiopians. Just admit it, your Cheappoliopolio really looked like they were in South Africa to distribute polio. They should put their smelly undeserved asses in the first smoking truck out of Mandelaland! Slyman
posted: 02:04 am
Elpressi, Omeruo is a wonder kid. Can't wait for him and Apam to play in same team for a good coach. With the attack featuring: Emenike, Ideye or Anichebe Midfield of Moses, Mikel, Igiebor, Aluko. The team for future

XXXX Omeruo Apam Echiejile

Aluko Mike Nosa Moses
Emenike or Ideye
posted: 02:25 am
Anonymous may God Butter your bread both sides. WHY DIDNT WE LEAVE SIASIA IN THE JOB!!!!
posted: 02:31 am
Ned Kay

we were had formation. we were able to penetrate defences SIMPLE. those qualities are absent in this tournament
posted: 02:46 am
Win or lose against Ivory Coast, business man Keshi's time is up. It is clear he has no ideas for this team. We cannot continue to support him while he uses Eagles as his personal academy to sell players to Europeans. Our creative midfielder was Mba. What did he create and Keshi let him play for 90 minutes. NFF should please clear off all of the coaches including the even dumber Amokachi.

I suggest we go for a young coach who likes attacking football and can inspire his charges to greater heights. Roberto Martinez of Wigan comes to mind. He is Spanish, loves African talent and did a wonderful job on nurturing Victor Moses. He should also be allowed to bring his own assistants. I really doubt this NFF would want to work with Siasia again. But Siasia or Oliseh as his Nigerian assistant would be a great asset to the technical team.

I am sorry, at this stage, we have a lot of talents but I do not support doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We cannot continue recycling ex Eagles as coaches. They are player agents or easily influenced by the agents of the players they are supposed to be managing. Before hard core Siasia fans cry fowl , please tell me what Solomon Okoronkwo, Isaac Promise and Chibuzor Okonkwo were doing in our national team even when it was obvious they were surplus to requirement. Eguavoen brought a clueless Stanley Okoro and washed up Stephen Sunday into our team. Although Amodu is not an ex eagle, he was also influenced by player agents and his team was just as unimaginative as his boy, Keshi. Amodu could not stop inviting Seyi Olofinjana and Obinna Nwaneri even when we had better options.

One thing most of us agree on,is that we must make a change now. Keshi and his dumb assistants can't deliver a better Eagles than what Siasia had. We have moved backwards with their appointment. We should right this wrong now. Slyman.
posted: 02:49 am
@Futbol-Aficionado, Please spare us this your "so long a letter" .You are not in exam hall and we are not here to asses your essay writing, otherwise I would have given you 2/10 because you knows nothing about summary.

I know you wrote this down in anticipation that SE will fail today?.. sorry to disappoint you dude!
See you on Sunday.. lolz

And please stop all this your complains and meaningless slogan, your beginning to sound pathetic or are u high on something?

Knowledge is never like Onyx and you need not dig deep to have it One.. Its a gift from God .
posted: 03:46 am
@TroyBoateng, trust me we have got better players - Mr Keshi decided to leave them at home in the name of Rebuilding so he can open us up to ridicule from people like you.
Osaze, Martins, Apam, Taiwo, Lukman Haruna , Kalu Uche could easily have changed this team.

Spoton thank you for that comment. Keshi promised that objectivity was the catch word in picking his team and nobody was guaranteed a shirt. We thought that meant everybody had to fight for a shirt, but he did not even invite all those mentioned above plus more quality players. How can you fight for a shirt when you were not even invited. The worst part is that he keeps saying "Osaze, Taiwo, Kalu Uche and Martins are in my plans". If they are in your plans when are you planning on using them, after we kick you out of the job? Then he gave excuses for 32 year old washed up Shola Ameobi, who turned his back on him. If Keshi can praise Shola for "being like a coach on the field", how can you be mad at Odemwingie for being ambitious and wanting more responsibility as captain of the team. After being a player in a team for ten years, what is wrong in wanting to be the captain? After this Afcon, we need to investigate what transpired between Keshi and Shola. Slyman
posted: 04:04 am
It is now ve®y Çlear to the public and nff dat keshi is not a coach buh a business man who wnts to use this opputunity given to him by nff to market players abroad. Accessing our team to dis years afcon u will c dat he lack options and match winners frm d bench. Keshi's team selection is questionable and his decision making is very poor. I was suprised seeing players lyk ejike uzoenyi,gabriel reuben,sunday mba,egwuekwe making our team to afcon wen we hv better and more xperienced options like nsofor,aluko,joel obi,haruna lukman,john chibuike,odewinge and lots more. In today'smatch mba was meant to be our creative midfileder buh was one of the worst performer's in the team along side echiejile and uche. I tot keshi wud hv been reasobale enof to play a two powerful attackers wit a creative winger lyk moses in d match buh he chosed uche ahead of a more agile ideye, uche hv passed his prime and he's very sluggish to my liking. In african football tough and rugged strikers re needed not ball painting strikers. Coming to our midfiled we lack dat creativity and vision and it hurts me dat keshi ignored d services of haruna lukman who could done dat for d team perfectly. Ahmed musa is d biggeste dissapointment in dis afcon bcos I single handedly tipped him to be one of d stars of dis afcon. Playesr dat I miss so much in our team re nsofor,taiwo,anichebe,haruna,odewinge and sone aluko. Keshi shud be sacked immediately even if he gets to d final of dis tournament period cus he is clueless.
posted: 04:22 am
@ F.U.C.K.I.N useless, and stupid kaizer man of U.K If Mikel is 39, almost 40 and is still productive for both Chelsea and S.E, then, he must be really good. I remember when Tijani Babangida turned ur stupid Mc Fish into Mc Meat in the Ghana/Nigeria 200 ANC. I believe Tijani Babangida was older than your useless Mc Meat then (since to u SAs u believe everybody in our squad is old including our coach) and yet Ur useless Mc Meat was used by our old Tijani Babangida and scored a fantastic goal, actually 2 fantastic goals at the expence of Mc Fish or Mc meat.
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