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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...

posted: 07:36 pm
God b praised, we r bak on track, dis is God's divine gift 4 9ja dis yr 2013,.proudly 9gerian
posted: 07:40 pm
Well done team Nigeria, your display was simply super today.
I just hope Moses and Emenike will be fit for the final against, most probably, Ghana( I think it is going to be Ghan because Burkinal without Alain Traoro should not be difficult for Ghana)
posted: 07:44 pm
Great Win For Nigeria. They played like last game, though they started relaxing towards the end of the match. We don't need such relaxation in the finals. We need to maintain the momemtum(Rhythm) till the end. Up Super Eagles.
king Messi
posted: 07:45 pm
Go Nigeria go,when somebody beat u up today,when he is in a fight 2morrow with another person,u must choose the other guy has beaten u up.same as mali,we can't stand on thier side they ar the one who knocked us out
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:45 pm
X'Tra9njaposted: 07:30 pm  |  Report
Mali just allowed Nigeria an easy passage because they were scared we could withdraw our troops out in Timbuktu ridding the place of Islamic fundamentalists.

Also......South Africans just lodge a protest against Nigeria for fielding overaged players in all their matches since Afcon started.______________________________________are you such a cockhead? You are stupid jou boko haram
posted: 07:48 pm
@Zambianman, Thanks for your good comments and the compliments, but really,,,,,,is that you or somebody using the same user i.d. like yours. If thats you, where is that you finger thrusting picture facing now. I mean the one you said you gave to Nigerians because they are too boastful. lol. Well, all that's on the lighter note now. hahahahaha. Laugh is good!!!
Navigator Wonder
posted: 07:48 pm
On Behalf of The South African Champions Orlando Pirates fc Double treble I mite add I would like to congratulate the soon to be African Champions Nigeria u deserve it and don't mind those Jealous animals from Nazoorena u will get used to them bloody jealous animals #fact Nigeria is better Bafana Bachiefs.....UP THE BUCS with the great William Okpara in the mix...
posted: 07:50 pm
I will be happy is Nigeria wins the trophy because it will remain in South Africa at Hillbrow and Sunnyside.
posted: 07:51 pm
@ Maropola.......We just showed you guys how its done.Its time for Bafana to go back to the drawing board to Inject youths with balls and talent into their side.

We did with an average age of 23 years and 17 out of our 23 man team attending their 1st Afcon.

Bafana can do it too and you jackass my friend need to also understand that Nigeria will help develop your talents if you ask.We are more than willing to allow Samson Siasia take ove Bafana Bafana and with Immediate effect too.
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 07:51 pm
To mali I sayThat's what happen when u win against anythng dat has to do with chiefs.

Sundowns won against chiefs and got walloped next round of mtn8
Wits won against chiefs and got walloped on next round of tko
Mali won against Bafana Bafana and got walloped on next round of afcon.

One love naija, best team for the day has won. Congrads.
posted: 07:53 pm
If i was a thiefs supporter,i would embarassed to watch a team dat beat us being overplayed n lose by big margin lyk dat.congrats to my brothers from another mother;kodwa nina bo satane hlukanani nokumosha ingane zetho ngamadrugs...
posted: 07:53 pm
They must thanks their lucky stars that, we lost on penalties, due to the inefficient Bafana Bafana
Gcwabe(The Bank Robber)
posted: 07:53 pm
Congrats 2 Nigeria, they truly deserve 2 win this cup, when u do win the cup I call on all the Nigerians 2 go back home 2 celebrates ur well deserved victory & never come back 2 our country, u bring with you a lot of work 4 our police which we the taxpayers have 2 pay 4! Bon voyage!
posted: 07:55 pm
Up Super Eagles! Please take the cup back to Abuja on Sunday..... Up SE Up 9ja

One luv

From Maryland, USA
Lady Goldilight
posted: 07:55 pm
A new young blogger has arrived. Introduction is COMING SOON....
posted: 07:56 pm
posted: 08:00 pm
Great game, it looks like changing of the gaurd.This might be the last time we would see the likes of Yobo,Taye Taiwo. Winning has a way of producing children. Those players of Nigerian origin will now begin to think twice before they reject call ups. It helps the players to secure contracts if their national team well in the matches they play. Hopeflly Keshi can build on this for the world cup. Winning the nations cup also help in the seeding for the world cup.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 08:09 pm
Naturena born killerposted: 06:57 pm | Report What was Mali expecting seriously?

What were some of you Zebras thinking when you cooked up that hoax that Mali was "eliminated" in order for Bafoony to go through by back door? Do you realise what a hammering our toddlers (excluding Bucs players) would've endured against the Super Eagles? It would've been DOUBLE FIGURES I'm afraid.

Zebras aka Fans of Gordon will forever remain in-humane! Nc nc nc...
Santi Santi
posted: 08:16 pm
Congrats Nigeria, Keshi has proven himself with this young side, a new guard is here for Nigeria... The future is bright for them.
posted: 08:28 pm
up naija una 2 much. Ghana we are waitin for u guys at the final come sunday so u guys need to try hard to night so that we both can display real Africa football on sunday and the days are gone when we play u guys with OLD´OLD men that can´t even run for ball. now we have young boys, able guys, pysical guys and teachnical team same as you guys. wish u guys luck tonight till we meet sunday.
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