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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...

Azeebi
posted: 07:50 pm
Any team that beats this star studded CAF' favourites should be respected and with the way they play today, they seem to have no match left in the competition...
South Africans must learn to respect a historic team, any day....
temilele
posted: 07:52 pm
Something SA fans need to learn from Nigerians & West Africans is that,we say it as it is. We don't over hype our teams, our reactions are always based on the facts..South Africans be humble,start from a good beginning by realizing that your team isn't as good as you want it to be,and stop putting them in the class they don't belong with ur mouth. Accepting reality will help you guys a lot. We are not saying the SE are the best in Africa,Ghana are still on top.
Tartan
posted: 07:54 pm
Now let it RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ on Eagles.................Sorry SUPER EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 07:54 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

FORGET THE SCORELINE!!!!! 100% P E R F O R M A N C E

....EVERY SINGLE EAGLES PLAYERS SHOWED & PLAYED FOR OUR BELOVED COUNTRY ...Very Proud! Never Thought I'd say this ever. ...Well done tonight KESHI
Tartan
posted: 07:55 pm
SUPER EAGLES you made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a CRACKER?
Tartan
posted: 07:57 pm
The Game was the Final B4 Final!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Demmybkk
posted: 07:58 pm
HELLO @twentyone guns, am in Charlton Area South East, send me Niger Gunniess. UP SUPER EAGLE......enough Groviinnn.
ZION 2
posted: 07:59 pm
@Teflon Don, U nearly tear my mouth with laughter.. lol
Do ur things bro.. but pls play safe ooooo
haahahahaaaaaa
blackpanther187
posted: 08:00 pm
Hmm I forgot something:

F... the FiFa and their List... heheheheheheheh
Cornerstone
posted: 08:00 pm
@Lord Vinny (Treble Manic), you are a real South African. Humbleness and appreciation is the key word. You are a true son of your father not like the other sons of bit.ches living in tin houses coming here to abuse Nigerians. I live in Toronto, Canada and I'm gonna make sure that Super Eagles fan base here are for Orlando Pirates. Go Super Eagles! Go Orlanda Pirates. One love Lord Vinny!!! Nigerians are not haters but you CAN NEVER BEAT THE NIGERIAN SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION!!!!!!!
Tartan
posted: 08:01 pm
Shai..............Forumites, I beg na who want eat ELEPHANT PEPPER SOUP???? As the soup don ready and HOT...........................Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I no knw say Elephant get many tasty parts like dis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...........The soup dey go with my beer.
ijawmaninamerica
posted: 08:01 pm
Fellow Nigerians, please refrain from talking about the S. Africans or any other of our African brothers today. This win is about us Nigerians and in no way should we diminish it by being petty with our other brothers. Be the bigger man and leave them alone.
temilele
posted: 08:05 pm
@Cornerstone,where for Toronto you dey?
Grandboi
posted: 08:07 pm
I said it b4 the match tha Super eagle will prove haterz wrong,,, now it has happened, what will you guyz say now?.......super eagle deserve respects
Soccernutters
posted: 08:07 pm
ijawmaninamerica you are right. this victory is for all Africans and us Nigerians in particular
longman
posted: 08:09 pm
Where are those who hate keshi n his boys? Shame on u pple !!! Those who dey laugh keshi. Make una close una eyes! Up super eagles! Up naija !
ehisbaba
posted: 08:09 pm
I eat my words. Nigeria defied all logic to beat ivory coast. Struggled in first round matches, came with 17 debutantes, the quality of our players is nothing compared to ivory coast players. Super eagles, I doff my hat. I salute una.
Sunday MBA, I am one of the people who felt you should not be in that team. My guy, I eat my words. You too much. The last super eagles player to have dribbled 3 defenders before taking a shot at goal was amokachie ( if am not mistaken). Well done. Super eagles
Demmybkk
posted: 08:12 pm
AM A NIGERIAN BUT DIDER DROGBA IS MY BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME, BUT I HAVE TO SUPPORT MY DARLING EAGLES,,,,, ITS REALLY PAINFUL TO SEE MY PLAYER LOSSING, AM JUST CRYING, I LOVE DROGBA SO MUCH DESPITE BEING A NIGERIA, I WOULD HAVE LIKE HIM TO WIN THIS CUP ATLIST, DIDER SO SORRY BROV........ONE LOVE, CHELSEA FAN FROM SOUTH EAST LONDON.
samymoon
posted: 08:12 pm
Nigerians Stamp thier Authority on Ivory Coast! lol, Wat a great performance by the Eagles, keshi and his crew proves a lot of crictics wrong incluiding me, their last 3 outings wasnt that convincing but today, they played like the Super Eagles i used to watch when i was little.
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 pm
Someone said forget the scoreline. It's indeed 100% performance. Couldn't be prouder! I think CIV body language gave them away. Nigerians to the game to them n it's like they froze on SHL test. Nigerian team is young n we shld all get behind the team without d burden of high expectations. Lets enjoy today plz...not had one wiv SE in ages!
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