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Nigeria hammered Mali 4-1 to reach the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final

Posted: 6 February 2013 Time: 18:54

Nigeria hammered Mali 4-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday afternoon to reach the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final on Sunday at Soccer City.

The Nigeria goals were scored by Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa. The Mali goal was scored by Cheick Fantamady Diarra.

Nigeria settled the quicker of the two teams, though it was Mali who threatened an early goal when Molla Wague’s header from a corner kick flashed just wide of the target in the 12th minute, while Momo Sissoko shot just over the top from long-range less than 60 seconds later.

John Mikel Obi opened up Mali’s defence in the 15th minute with a long ball that allowed Emmanuel Emenike to sprint in behind and get a low shot on target, but goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa made a good save with his feet. Seven minutes later Mikel sent a powerful volley just wide.

Nigeria scored in the 25th minute thanks to some great play down the right flank by Victor Moses. The Chelsea attacker twisted and turned his way past Adama Tamboura before providing a low cross that Elderson Echiejile turned into the net with a diving header.

The Super Eagles scored again five minutes later with a penetrating run down the right flank by Emenike, who provided a low cross that was turned into the net by Brown Ideye from close-range 2-0.

In the 44th minute Nigeria scored again with a bit of luck when a free-kick was teed up for Emenike to strike – his shot ricocheted off the legs of Sissoko, completely wrong-footing the goalkeeper and finding its way into the back of the net.

In the 60th minute Ahmed Musa made it 4-0 when Mikel played a perfectly-timed pass for substitute Musa to spring Mali’s offside trap, before coolly slotting the ball through Samassa’s legs.

Mali pulled a goal back in the 75th minute when Cheick Diabate set-up fellow substitute Fantamady Diarra to at least put Mali on the score sheet at 4-1.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:34 am
@Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land.......na waa for you. You can not change it again....keshi is performing. much better than your siasia
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 am
@Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land,
From what you posted here. Keshi never said that this SE is better than 94 SE. Rather he said that they are work in progress. Your comparison of your loving Siasia and Keshi is uncalled for. One have just qualify SE to nations cup finals and one could not even qualify SE to participate in a nations cup. Don’t drag us into this controversy. For your records, Siasia is from Bayalsa and keshi is Igbo, from delta( delta Igbo). Let’s all join hands together as a nation to support eagles bring back this cup. That will be great. I am happy for Mikel too. He has silenced his critics. I support CONSTRUCTIVE AND OBJECTIVE criticism. Mikel is a captain material.
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 11:02 am
@Anonymous, u can read the article properly. Nobody is against anyone; both Bayalsa and Delta are Igbos if u dnt know. I hv said it time without number that keshi has convinced everybody to believe in him. Plz, this is not the time of criticism or name calling, the boys is doing well and I must commend them for their efforts so far. Thank you.
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 11:15 am
@Anonymous, to correct you. Nigeria is over 200million people, we can select more than one million set of players in Nigeria as team to represent supper Eagle, Siasia did his best and fail, now keshi is also doing his best and surviving, that never take away their credibility. u can never point out one play in siasia team who is minus, d same to keshi, plz they are all Nigeria with full potential, Nigeria as a country brought up historical players all time with or without coach. We are talented people in all kind, and I hv never judge or say that Nigeria players is not good, I always criticize coaching stuff and nfa. Not players please get me right. We have bunch of players, where good once are out there rotting. Get me right. Thank u.
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 11:15 am
@Anonymous, to correct you. Nigeria is over 200million people, we can select more than one million set of players in Nigeria as team to represent supper Eagle, Siasia did his best and fail, now keshi is also doing his best and surviving, that never take away their credibility. u can never point out one play in siasia team who is minus, d same to keshi, plz they are all Nigeria with full potential, Nigeria as a country brought up historical players all time with or without coach. We are talented people in all kind, and I hv never judge or say that Nigeria players is not good, I always criticize coaching stuff and nfa. Not players please get me right. We have bunch of players, where good once are out there rotting. Get me right. Thank u.
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