Nigeria thump Liberia, qualify for Afcon


Efe Ambrose headed in a cross from Victor Moses to open the scoring for Nigeria as early as the first minute of the game. Liberia looked brilliant after the goal but never really threatened, inspite of their neatly threaded passes.

Despite their inability to firmly control the game, the Super Eagles still managed to create a few chances which the Liberians managed to fend off.

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The second goal, however, came in the 38th minute when Ahmed Musa smashed in Emmanuel Emenike's pass to increase Nigeria's lead to 2-0, and the scores stayed the same at half-time.

Upon resumption of the second half, Nigeria continued to pile pressure on Liberia and it paid off almost immediately as Victor Moses scored Nigeria's third goal of the game in the 47th minute.

Mikel Obi also got on the scoresheet as he converted a 52nd minute penalty, after Nosa Igiebor was brought down in the 18-yard box of the visitors.

The Liberians suffered a further setback when their captain, Gebron, was sent off after adjudged by the referee to have dived to win a penalty, although the replays showed that there was a slight contact between Enyeama and the Liberian skipper.

Ike Uche came off for Emmanuel Emenike and, after initial misses, he got his name into the scoresheet in the 72nd minute.

Sekou Oliseh scored a consolatory goal for Liberia in the 81st minute after he capitalised on a loss of concentration by Nigeria's defence to get the better of Enyeama.

However, Victor Moses put the nail on Liberia's coffin by getting the final goal of the game in the 87th minute.

With this emphatic victory, the Super Eagles will be hoping they can regain the long lost confidence of Nigerian football fans.