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Nigeria progress to AFCON 2013 semifinals after beating Ivory Coast

Posted: 3 February 2013 Time: 18:59

Nigeria shocked tournament favourites Ivory Coast 2-1 to progress to the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals in Rustenburg.

The Super Eagles took a first half lead through Emmanuel Emenike just before the break, but the Ivorians levelled on 50 minutes through Cheick Tiote.

However, Sunday Mba netted the winner 12 minutes from time for a sensational victory.

Elephants coach Sabri Lamouchi made eight changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Algeria in their last match, and it showed as Nigeria got out of the blocks faster, with Victor Moses firing in a shot on 10 minutes which Boubacar Barry parried to safety.

Emenike fired another shot over the bar on 27 minutes before their dominance was finally rewarded just before the break – the striker slotting a great free-kick after Moses was brought down just outside the area.

The Ivorians looked much better after the break and were duly rewarded just five minutes in when they drew level through Tiote, who headed in Didier Drogba’s free-kick at the back-post.

The Elephants kept up the pressure, though a warning sign of the Nigerian danger should have been forthcoming when Aide Ideye’s close-range headers was well saved by Barry.

Yaya Toure was put straight through and looked certain to score, but the excellent Vincent Enyeama was equal to the task.

It proved a crucial save as Nigeria scored the decisive goal just 12 minutes before the end – Mba beating three defenders before his deflected shot left Barry with no chance.

Ivory Coast through everything forward and had a number of chances, but just could not get the ball into the back of the net as the Eagles held on for a famous win.

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Previous comments on this story...

twentyone guns
posted: 07:00 pm
Nkata ofor n keshi hatters i hope from today you will respect keshi and i hope you wont compare siasia to keshi am happy today too like yesterday...

Dont get it twisted
posted: 07:01 pm
ikweeeeeee yeah...
Nwere ,nwere , keshi this
keshi that...

What is this drug lords???
posted: 07:01 pm
Today I felt a renewed sense of pride watching them play like the Super Eagles of old. Omeruo, Mikel, Mba, Emenike, Onazi, Moses, Enyeama. You guys are unbelievable, Nigeria are unbelievable!
posted: 07:02 pm
naija too much ,weh them big mouth
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 07:02 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

tippy tappy
posted: 07:02 pm
Oh my gosh! We've got our ''SUPER'' back.
twentyone guns
posted: 07:03 pm
My brother @game147 i hope una go invite me for the party today if una come see the way i shouted goal at the second goal you will run like banana banana playing cricket
posted: 07:03 pm
Omeruo, that guy is a legend already. Moses landed us safely yet again
posted: 07:03 pm
posted: 07:03 pm
Before you giving all the honor to Keshi,don't forget the presence of Kanu,Okocha and many more stars who have given Keshi hints on how to play Today's game.....Congrats
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 07:03 pm
Welldone Super Chickens you guys deserve to play in a final bt not being the champions.
posted: 07:04 pm
naija jagajaga ivory coast,where are those idiot people that said we will eat grass,foolish eboue
posted: 07:04 pm
Shame on all nigerians who neva believd in dis team.....big shame on u guyz
posted: 07:04 pm
To all Nigerian haters, you can all now go and hug a live electric transformer! YOU CAN NEVER BEAT THE NIGERIAN SPIRIT! That's why we are the BEST!!!! F.uck you all!!!!!!
posted: 07:04 pm
Nigeria surprised me. They played their best game of the tournament today.
Infact it should be 2-0 as Drogba threw himself on the ground and got the free kick to get their goal.
I hope we dont relax and go on to play better and not relax till its done.
Good job Keshi, good job Emenike, good job Enyeama...

posted: 07:04 pm
I eat my words, I didn't see this result coming. Big up to the Super Eagles. They have finally given me a reason to celebrate a victory and were indeed super today.
posted: 07:05 pm
@Twentyone guns.one love bro.but no one hates Keshi what we want is beautiful football,the kind he give us today and trust me if he continue like this Nigerians will give him their 200% support.
posted: 07:05 pm
Emmanuel Eboue shame to u go and eat ur words, up Nigeria
posted: 07:05 pm
banana where are u fools,we dont talk much ,we believe in actions
posted: 07:06 pm
where are all these lousy haters...this is just the beginning....CAF wanted us out thats they made us loose point so we can finish second in other to meet ivory coast but .......
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