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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...

posted: 07:06 pm
The price of cocaine will go down tonite as the Nigerians celebrate their win. Well done to the Super Eagles on your well deserved win.You are still the most hated people on earth though. Bloody good-for-nothing animals.
posted: 07:06 pm
To be honest, am one of those that did not believe in our SUPER EAGLES judging by their last three group stage matches but they really make me proud today and will accept to say am sorry for doubting their ability. dem don make us proud today and dem do ahm when we believe say dem no go fit do ahm..God bless NAIJA...
posted: 07:06 pm
NU KING (ba mu da kingi)
posted: 07:07 pm
How you have stood your ground even in a strange ground. Your first fighter showed you|re die hard. But in sub-sequence fights you have learned how to kill where there is no help. Go on and get your training.
Now that you can, its two to go.


TMG 2009
posted: 07:07 pm
Congratulations to the SUPER EAGLES for showing guts against the no1 ranked NATION in africa and a star studded team in Ivory Coast, pre-tournaments favourites are out and yet some of the clueless GORILLAS has the dedency to talk bad abt their country which did very well to get to the quarters...SA didnt play the qualifiers with 5 months for the coach to assemble the team; lowest ranked team in our group but still managed to move on to the next round, we are not world beaters but we did vry well to disappoint too many critics!!! Anyway NIGERIANS played very well and deserve to go through...
posted: 07:07 pm
Yea baby....that's what i'm talking about!!!!
posted: 07:07 pm
posted: 07:07 pm
The Cup is HEADING TO ACCRA-GHANA.It's clear from all indications
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:08 pm
Absolutely stunning display by the super eagles, shades of the old Nigeria with the likes of Taribo West, Julius Agahoa and jay jay Okocha. No one gave them a chance, including me, but wow did they prove everyone wrong or did they prove everyone wrong, they were confident, dazzling and almost arrogant and bullish. Well done guys
posted: 07:08 pm
Pedigree won this match. Congrats to the boys. But, we still need to revive our technical department. Please, Nigerians should ignore these South Africans. We don't operate on the same frequency with them.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
posted: 07:08 pm
Hehe I am so happy! It takes a lot of balls to drop Yobo and to have soo many homebased in your squad. I always believed in them.

Our problem is that we think Ethiopia and co. are all easy games.... The fact is that this games are not easy to play!!

GOOD JOB my Super Eagles!!

Thank you GOD!
posted: 07:08 pm
Hail kheshi and his eagles
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 07:08 pm
twentyone guns hey wena Dom Bobojaan what has our Bafana got do with your lousy win manje???? Or is bcz of overdosing drugs from celebration ne?nxaa!
twentyone guns
posted: 07:10 pm
@emmans647 bros i know ,but please say some Nigerians want good for super eagles but as for nkata ofor that guy hates kashi everything about him i have been monitoring comments here alot.
Am Ghanaian by pride but am celebrating today because Nigerians are our neighbors next door ....

Make i cross my legs n enjoy my coffee
posted: 07:10 pm
I eat my word also, cant bealive it, Super Eagle, the real super of all, lets go there and make our people proud, we need to go all the way to win the cup now....Thanks...Super Super Super Eaglesssssssssssssss.
posted: 07:11 pm
Hahahaha SA i laugh u in swaga style kwakwa lalalala tata tata who have d last laugh nw huh?
posted: 07:12 pm
Ivory Coast were just too complacent. They never imagined that the boys from the land of Boko Haram would cause them any trouble.

Give those Nigerians a Coke !!
posted: 07:13 pm
@twentyone guns, You remember i predicted a Ghana vs Nigeria finals ? It's a 'chronic mumu' who will say that Mikel is not a good footballer. Omeruo-lion-heart, i hail you sir ! Mikel Obi-kererenke, you too much. Victor Moses remain blessed. Emenike-onyeball, daalu rinne. Enyeama super glue-hand, that you sir. Sunday Mba, nwanne ndewo very plenty. Congrats Naija, wetin i won talk sef ??
posted: 07:13 pm
Where are all those BIG MOUTH south africans who come here to insult Nigerians? WHERE ARE YOU NOW? Where are those that were already saying that Ivory Coast will beat Nigeria? This is a lesson for all the haters, football is played on the pitch, and not on paper or in people's mouths.
posted: 07:14 pm
Let see if those guys will talk good about keshi. i know they will shamefully keep quite.
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