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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...

Cornerstone
posted: 08:15 pm
@Temilele, I dey for North York. Willowdale to be precise. Where you dey?
Kingszico
posted: 08:19 pm
I think this is the performance from the Eagles in recent years! All you Siasia fanatics can now see the difference....
Soccernutters
posted: 08:25 pm
Anonymous I am beginning to think that playing on a good pitch made all the difference. Coming second in that group was a blessing in disguise . I am sure Ghana is a little nervous. We must attack Mali the same way!!!
Soccernutters
posted: 08:27 pm
As for my comments about Keshi vs Siasia, I an eating those words with pepper soup washed down by Guiness
9ja Guy
posted: 08:29 pm
Guys check this out from face book and BBC.................................. BY Mulenga Kasama

Mulenga Kasama on Facebook: "Why do people call the Ivorians a golden generation when they have failed to win the Africa Cup? They are a group of handsome boys that end up as ordinary boys at the end of the day. Much respect to Nigeria for putting them in their place. They thought when Zambia beat them it was just luck. Actions speak louder than words."
temilele
posted: 08:30 pm
@Cornerstone I dey North York too. Trentheywey Dr and Black Creek....
If we reach final,and win i go invite you for some bottle....
ehisbaba
posted: 08:31 pm
@soccernutters, same here. I am eating my own words against this super eagles with a nice barbecue. The team defied logic.
Well done my brother
D dio
posted: 08:39 pm
i was wrong i neva beliv in this team.they played wit high composure.this is not a fluke eagle deserve this winning especially wit those television goals frm Emenike and sunday. U guyz made my day. Congrats super eagle congrats nigeria
D dio
posted: 08:39 pm
i was wrong i neva beliv in this team.they played wit high composure.this is not a fluke eagle deserve this winning especially wit those television goals frm Emenike and sunday. U guyz made my day. Congrats super eagle congrats nigeria
Fireman
posted: 08:43 pm
I said it. Super Eagles play according to their opponent. We brought our A-game today. Win or lose, we always play well against strong opposition. We fear nobody. Up Naija!!!! Up Super Eagles!!!!
diehardman
posted: 08:44 pm
up super eagle just go and bring the cup to nigeria
Anonymous
posted: 08:54 pm
yes our super is back go eagles
sunny lad
lastairbender
posted: 08:55 pm
eagles hqd made me eat my words for once up eagles and the coach
lastairbender
posted: 08:55 pm
eagles hqd made me eat my words for once up eagles and the coach
FaceofNaija
posted: 09:00 pm
C'mon super eagles!! Please don't go to sleep against Mali. We can win this tournament without the likes of Cameroon, Egypt and the just bundled out CIV...consistency should be the watch word from now.
big boss keshi must If the super eagles had played like this in the previous games, the team wouldn't have been criticised. Nigerians love their team. Simples. God bless the super eagles. God bless Naija. One love!
Sankara
posted: 09:00 pm
Nigerians, yes you won but there is no need to attack the beautiful South Africa. I suspect your poor self-concept is making you to be obsessed with South Africa. Please enjoy your palm wine, pepper soup, pounded yam and worship your Igwes there in Nigeria. You must ask your Nigerian brothers as to why they love S.Africa and why S.Africans don't even wanna see that eyesore country called Nigeria. You better fight the Boko Harams and the Delta forces instead of badmouthing our great country. Why not tell the 'super eagles' all over our country to fly home after the AFCON. Ghanaians are great people with good manners and good self-image and that's why we South Africans love them
diehardman
posted: 09:02 pm
omeruo is my man of the match boy u 2 much keep it up eminke i luv ur speed nd power to run down defenders i need to se more up super eagles up the big boss so who will be next ghana or mali?
lastairbender
posted: 09:02 pm
even if u dont win the tournament beating the baby eleghant is enough for me i am proud to be a nigeria and for me we have already won the tournament removing the ivory coast aka the baby eleghant
fergie
posted: 09:02 pm
1 game afta d oda, Mali on point.
diehardman
posted: 09:03 pm
omeruo is my man of the match boy u 2 much keep it up eminke i luv ur speed nd power to run down defenders i need to se more up super eagles up the big boss so who will be next ghana or mali?
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