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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: 01:16 pm
Nigeria and Ivory Coast both stand a 50/50 chance of progressing to the semis. Mark my words, Naija will rise to the occasion. We play according to our opponents, which is our biggest weakness and also our biggest strength. When we play weak teams, we play bad. When we play strong teams, we play well. Strong teams usually defeat us by only a 1-goal margin in tournaments. Check the records. Ivory Coast will not demolish us, I guarantee that.
You are the speaker of my every thought on this issue. May God bless you.
My prediction is this: Nigeria plays the quarter finals and draws with whatever team. then wins on penalty shotout. Vincent Enyeama will be great on the goal post. WATCH OUT.
posted: 02:13 pm
Naijabros please leave @Azeebi alone. He is really a confused man. I tried debating him last week when he tried to rewrite history by claiming Amodu won 2 bronze medals and a silver at Afcon. He claimed Nigeria was suffering from firing Amodu and if we don't start making the right decisions, we will never be successful as the English. When I pointed out that England has not won anything since the 1966 World Cup they hosted, he tried to deny he ever made the claim.

Please do not waste your time. Next move to expect from Azeebi now is he will go to the dictionary and try to use unrelated vocabulary, while thinking he is impressing you. I don't know why most people that defend Amodu, always come out sounding overtly sentimental, scatter- brained and borderline retarded. I pity Amodu. Slyman
posted: 06:17 pm
Zambianman it is your bastard country.. just equivalent of a state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria that bought referee. It is that your bastard country zombie that are idiots!!!!
posted: 09:10 pm
@SA you are not a Nigerian , so pls shut the fuckoff !!! we are very okay with Mr Keshi,,, thank u
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