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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...

Spoton
posted: 10:59 pm
I do not understand Mikel's style when he is imprisoned by Chelsea but I can say based on recent matches in Nigeria's color that he is pure class - a player that can adapt to any style of play should be commended.
Well done Nigeria. Well done Keshi and boys, you have claimed a major scalp but do not not relent on your effort as Mali , Ghana/Burkina Faso still stand in the way of the ultimate prize
Gold2251
posted: 11:35 pm
In every Emenike's goal in dis AFCON 2013 dia must b a equalizer..... Bt SUNDAY says
MBA.... Proudly Nigerian
Anonymous
posted: 12:54 am
southafricans are very annoying... horrible. This drug stuff is getting out of hand.. t'zozo or whatever, if your country wants to get destroyed from drug, let them... Don't disturb us with that rubbish again. It seems you are very insane and already affected by drugs??? If not then you ought to behave yourself!!! Whoever you are, Bastard!!!
Good luck
posted: 02:07 am
I said before that Ivory Coast can never ever beat us as God is with us and with God all things are possible for those who really believe in him. Go all the way to the final Super Eagles of Nigeria. Up EAGLES UP NAIJA!
Anonymous
posted: 02:29 am
Pep Guardiola wrote"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"

Coming from a South AFrican, that was a lovely compliment. We are so proud of you Eagles. I said it here that you should stand up and be counted and all these South Africans will either run away in jealousy or support you. But one thing is for sure, the insults between the countries will stop. No better place to get your respect than to earn it on the pitch. Thank you Super Eagles. Slyman.
mikron
posted: 04:29 am
nkatta offor u re one of the people who does not see anything good in keshi so dont claim u re not among the staunch critics. i read everybody's comment here on kickoff so i know, i read ur comments too, pls believe in ur team
mikell's
posted: 07:49 am
Clearly this Nigerians are high here
masalti2013
posted: 08:27 am
that ref was bought, is caf still compensating for the zambia game?
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 08:40 am
Topstarz, @mikron, You are foolish psychotherapy, keshi is not a good coach, still no formation, no pace, no team work, read me well and understand where am going, I have no believe in keshi, if he like he can carry world cup, Siasia is better than keshi x 100, keshi did not know anything abt coaching stuff, yesterday game is not coach efforts, I see it as personal efforts from individual players, I never told you that we have no players in Nigeria, what iam saying is that coach keshi did not know his left and right in coaching, take it or leave it. Ivorian underrates our players and get their price. @21gun, eat ur kenke and banku, when hv u love Nigeria, u foolish all die bi die man, a looser like u. You ar only happy because Ivorian ur father has been eliminate by Eagle, can u play them? Lazy man, na woman dey feed u, I hv no talk with fools.
paramountking
posted: 09:31 am
Yes we are back
paramountking
posted: 09:32 am
YES NIGERIA IS BACK
Kerewa
posted: 10:33 am
I think some ppl in this forum said keshi is tribalistic by assembling a biafran national team. now d biafrans has won it big time. i hav started hearing a diff tune. shame on u big time.
Lappy
posted: 11:20 am
@Nkata Offor, U are an idiot and u are fool, U are an illetrate, #### you , U will never see in what u lay ur hand, God will punish u and ur family with ur Siasia, U are very very stupid, Can you stand BIG BOSS kshi and say all what u are saying ?? i can see that siasia is feeling you and ur family , that is why u want to kill urself just cos of siasia, U are very stupid guy,
EnyiAwka 1
posted: 11:33 am
This win should be dedicated to those who criticized the the team. Without the criticism the team wouldn't have gone the extra mile to beat the Ivorians.
ZION 2
posted: 11:43 am
@Nkata ofor, either you are high on something or ur going bananas, With your weed eyes you saw it as individual efforts e-kwa? under whos supervision? or maybe this boys invite themselves to camp . Keshi did it with other countries

You are gradually becoming an object of ridicule in this forum . Rise above hate dude! people like you ends up in the village giving poison for mare envy and jealousy .

N.B. Siasia will always have my respect as a great achiever for our nation 9ja. Evil men like you should not be tagged with him, am sure (if he is reading this) he will be ashamed of u for bringing his name up unnecessary... mumu
twentyone guns
posted: 12:58 pm
@nkata ofor are you expecting a man to Feed me ? Am not a gay like you bros

But something about you baffles me alot and that is how can you HARBOUR a HATE In you towards your own country man you never wish keshi well even though he did something marvelous am amaze,your characteristics shows how evil your Heart is !!!

You need deliverance from T.B JOSHUA
Ebimocliff
posted: 04:46 pm
THERE IS THIS FEELING YOU GET WHEN SOMETHING PLEASANTLY SHOCKING HAPPENS.........GOOSEBUMPS, A CHOKING FEELING IN YOUR THROAT TRYING TO HOLD BACK TEARS, A SURGE OF ADRENALINE AND YOU JUST FEEL LIKE YOU CAN WALK ON WATER.........I GOT THAT FEELING AND I AM STILL FEELING THE HAIRS ON THE BACK OF MY NECK STANDING.
WHEEEW.....THIS WAS BREATHTAKING. I DID NOT GIVE KESHI A CHANCE AND HE PROVED ME WRONG, I HAD MY RESERVATIONS ABOUT MBA AND FROM WHAT I SAW OF HIM IN THE FIRST HALF MY PERCEPTION CHANGED.

I WAS SO RESTLESS DURING THE MATCH, I THINK I MUST HAVE SAT ON ALL THE CHAIRS IN THE HOUSE INCLUDING THE FLOOR BEFORE EMENIKE'S GOAL.....AND WHEN HE SCORED I AND MY SIBLINGS WERE SCREAMING AND JUMPING (IT WAS SUCH A HIGH MY SISTER ACTUALLY SPRAINED HER KNEE FROM JUMPING UP AND DOWN SO HARD). THIS MATCH REMINDS ME OF OUR MATCH AGAINST CAMEROUN IN AFCON 2004 WHEN WE WERE WRITTEN OFF AND WE SHOCKED THEM.
I SAW AN IVORIEN TEAM DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST WHEN EVER THEY FACE A TEAM EVERYBODY GIVES SAYS WILL LOSE TO THEM......CHOKE!
patope007
posted: 09:16 pm
South Africans shout up and learn from your master,in football game south Africa can't be compare with NIGERIA no matter what.I see no reason why fans of Bafana Bafana or Banana Banana will open their smelling mouth to say Rubbish when SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA are playing football match.
patope007
posted: 09:22 pm
South Africans we are here to talk about FOOTBALL not DRUGS this site is for football comments not Drugs. get another site for Drugs chat or comments lol
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