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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...

9ja Guy
posted: 07:31 pm
@twentyone guns,,, how far? i see say you dey jolly jolly with us hope your true color no go come out when 9ja face Ghana, :).
temilele
posted: 07:32 pm
I happened to be one of those who never believe in Keshi's technical ability but believed in the players,then i had enough reasons not to believe in him,but presently there's enough reasons for anyone to believe in the entire team. Good job SE...Please keep it up and use same mind set u used against Ivory Coast against your next opponents. God Bless Nigeria and Nigerians. in deed we love soccer,and we say it as it is.One love.
Anonymous
posted: 07:33 pm
where is my comment kickoff?
kenkaba
posted: 07:34 pm
Where are these banywana banywana people, let them speak now or forever shut their beaks!!!!!!
Soccernutters
posted: 07:39 pm
9ja Guy i am dancing with you bro :o))
sunnyking
posted: 07:39 pm
Where is these banana bananas,where are they,these infected lost pikin that dosent to be africans,i hope they go back to zulu zoo mutherfuckers,bros i agree with you,i know tonite the price of cocain will drop to nite but no problem tomorrow will be better,today we dont need money,we only need to teach peti ivorian how to play football,Ebou who are you when my super chickens want to play football,go and ask your mama and papa who are nigerians,hihohihohihohiho,UP NIAJA UP SUPER EAGLE
blackpanther187
posted: 07:40 pm
- Enyema you are worldclass and showed it once more

- Omeruo you are really blessed and I think you will become worldclass material

- Oboabona ohh boy I love you! Its important that we remember our youth at home. We have lots of
potentials in Naija

- Ambrose I baa for you. You played really fantastic on the right side. You did a good Job Offensively & Defensively

- Elderson I baa for you big time. You are becoming a leader.

- Onazi ohh boy I baaa for you my brother. Kepp being hungry you can do better

- Mikel Obi you did a very good Job. You always tried to relax the game, I know that many people dont understand the importance of this style of play. In my opinion you can still do much more

- Mba I Ba for you hehe. I am telling you guys again: On the streets of Nigeria there a lot of talents..!

- Moses I am so happy to have you in our team. I am sure you are allready worldclass material

- Emenike OHHH MY GOD you played fantastic my brother. But please I want to see more inteligent and strategic football from you. You always want to dribble and dribble. work on your ability to think 2-3 steps ahead

- Ideye Brown dont worry the most important thing is that you played for the team. You will see your time will come. The great thing is that people (defenders) are now more focused on Emenike.....
Anonymous
posted: 07:41 pm
What a game, respect to SE and Keshi, youve broken me wrong. All i want is the best for SE. Next in line to fall is MALI

What a night..so freaking happy!!!
Apiripah
posted: 07:43 pm
I think we all saw Okocha,Kanu Ikpeba and many other EX footballers.I learnt that they were in the camp helping out.This is what i asked NFF.what the hell are these Ex footballers doing inside,instead of outside.Now it paid off.It looks like they are reading our comments.
HRKIREKS
posted: 07:43 pm
I love you guys.Everybody who had a doubt in the Super Eagles #### you!!!!!!!I am a not the nigerian,but i am the biggest Super Eagles fan,and i never doubt in the Super Eagles.We are the ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!Thank GOD!!!!!
Soccernutters
posted: 07:43 pm
Anonymous u can see that all the southern Africans here are quiet. How are you ojare?? :)
Anonymous
posted: 07:44 pm
Ivory Coast probably have won the match off the pitch, but SUPER eagles won it on the pitch...its high time other african teams know that football is not played on the pitch alone anymore..thumbs up if you understand me
Apiripah
posted: 07:45 pm
As we all are shouting over and over.Do we get paid?NO,All we want is just to be happy,it has been a long time.Though I heard that there were back door technical help for keshi and crew,we shall know in few days.I was wondering.
TMG 2009
posted: 07:45 pm
@KENKABA

I am here wat do u want to hear from a SOUTH AFRICAN? There has been quite some confrontation btwn u and my countrymen...some had good reasons and some are being their old stupid self!!!
Omo 9ja
posted: 07:45 pm
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,Naija people why you? When things doesn't going well, Naija people will turns their back. But when things are going on well, they will behave very well to you. We have known globarly about our bad attitude. Hope we will learn from this lesson and change from now on.Congratulations to my dear Country Nigeria, congratulations to Eagles. God bless Nigeria!!!
Omo 9ja
posted: 07:46 pm
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,Naija people why you? When things doesn't going well, Naija people will turns their back. But when things are going on well, they will behave very well to you. We have known globarly about our bad attitude. Hope we will learn from this lesson and change from now on.Congratulations to my dear Country Nigeria, congratulations to Eagles. God bless Nigeria!!!
Omo 9ja
posted: 07:46 pm
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,Naija people why you? When things doesn't going well, Naija people will turns their back. But when things are going on well, they will behave very well to you. We have known globarly about our bad attitude. Hope we will learn from this lesson and change from now on.Congratulations to my dear Country Nigeria, congratulations to Eagles. God bless Nigeria!!!
Soccernutters
posted: 07:47 pm
Thank you "twentyone guns" your Guinness and pepper soup is here !!!
Laomedon
posted: 07:48 pm
@Omo 9ja i saw that same comment on goal.com commentary box. Are you same person as Aina?
Anonymous
posted: 07:49 pm
My Naija fans, you see what I have been saying- You don't have to fight the fans from other countries. Once the Eagles start playing like Super EAGLES, they will be so jealous they will run from our blog. The simple truth, most black people want you to do worse when they are doing badly. Misery loves company. We should continue to play well and IGNORE them. Those foul mouthed banana banana fans were hoping we would join them in crying today. Thank God, The Lord has removed our shame and given us Victory. Slyman
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