IVORY COAST 1-2 NIGERIA
90 + 3’ – FULL TIME: The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.
90 + 2’ – Yaya takes free kick cleared by Nigerian defenders.
90 + 2’ – Nigeria defending their 2-1 lead holding on to the ball!
90’ – Keshi getting ready to race on the pitch while holding his breath!
89’ – The Elephants push forward but lose ball as Nigeria mount late counter through Mba.
89’ – Yellow card: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria) is cautioned.
88’ – Nigeria Substitution: Joseph Yobo replaces Victor Moses
87’ – Poor deliver meant for Tiene he is not amused at all.
86’ – Tense moments for The Elephants with four minutes remaining
85’ – Lacine Traore misses a sitter after failing to connect with a Tiote throw in.
84′: Eboue with a poor cross from the right wing that is into the arms of Enyeama.
83′: IVORY COAST SUB: Romaric is replaced by Lacina Traore, who is a 6’8″ Anzhi striker.
82’ – Gervinho floats ball into the box in search of Drogba but attempt cleared.
81’ – Free kick foiled. But Nigeria continue to dominate.
81’ – Moses standing over the ball for free kick.
80’ – Yellow card: Souleymane Bamba (Cote d’Ivoire) is cautioned.
79’ – Clock is ticking ..can Drogba come out of this one?
77’ – Mba beats three Ivoirian defender after a darting run inside The Elephants area unleashing an unstoppable drive past Barry. vintage Super Eagles goal!
77′ : Well, Nigeria lead 2-1 as we approach the latter stages. This will be a frantic last few minutes.
76’ – GOAL: Sunday Mba (Nigeria) scores!
75′: Gradel is getting a lot more joy than Kalou, he’s a very direct winger and wins a corner. He puts in another far-post cross after a short routine but over the head of Toure.
Gradel with another cross from the left, blocked by Oboabona. Throw.
75’ – Yaya Toure fails to connect with the corner missing it completely.
74’ – Echiejile is causing problems for the Ivorians on the right.
73’ – Moses offside on Nigeria counter attack.
72’ – Grael wins corner but Nigeria clears danger.
72′: Moses has been excellent with the dead ball so far but he overhits that corner out for a throw.
70′: Tiene tries to get the cross in but Nigeria bring it clear…
69′: IVORY COAST SUB: The disappointing Kalou is replaced by Gradel, who like him spent a long time in England before moving to France, although admittedly in the Championship and League One with Leicester, Bournemouth and Leeds.
67’ – Eboue is back on the pitch and ok.
66’ – Yaya shoots…Emyeama parries the ball and Tiote shoots into the net.
65′: Moses with an excellent delivery from the corner, Brown flying in at the far post, his header is into the ground and a scramble ensues with Barry clinging on to it! A fine save initially, and he has a free-kick. Bamba all over the place.
64’ – Moses to take it….Ideye downward header collected by Barry.
64’ – Ideye wins corner for Nigeria.
63’ – Moses’s cross fails to find Emenike after the latter had earlier laid the ball off for the Chelsea man.
62’ – Eboue stretched off for treatment.
61’ – Eboue fouled by Emenike and his down on the deck.
61′: The corner is punched clear by Enyeama and Nigeria break. Emenike on the left finds Moses, who slows it down again. This was fine when they were leading, then Mikel sends a long ball over Ideye out for a goal kick.
60′: Kalou sends Drogba in down the left but, as he searches an unmarked Gervinho, Ambrose blocks his cross. Corner.
59′: Drogba takes a high one on the chest in typical fashion, but he runs it out under pressue from Oboabona.
59′: Now Ivory Coast are hogging the ball. Nigeria need a change in my view.
57′: Good pressure from Nigeria but look who’s back defending on the edge of his own box – Drogba, who tackles Onazi and clears.
56′: … And as Moses’s ball comes in the ref blows for the pushing.
55′: Moses to take this but there’s a delay as the ref sorts out some pushing…
54′: Corner to Nigeria as Echiejele puts in a cross from the left. They need to respond quickly, not been at the races this half.
53′: The flag is up on Tiene after he is played in down the left – looked onside to me!
52: Gervinho runs it out on the left as Ivory Coast look to take this game by the scruff of its neck.
51′: I have no idea what Nigeria were doing there – there was no marking, not man, not zonal, nothing. They were bunched around the near post having a cup of tea or something, Shocking.
49’ – Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire) assists with a goal.
49’ GOAL: – Cheik Tiote (Cote d’Ivoire) scores!
49′: Drogba skins Ambrose, great skill, and he wins a free-kick despite going down a bit theatrically.
48′: Nigeria slow the tempo down now they are on the ball, stroking it around the back. And why not?
47′: Free-kick Nigeria on the right, but Ivory Coast clear. Eboue on a mazy run, he feeds Kalou, who goes down in the area but is booked for diving!
46′: The second half is underway, with Kalou and Drogba playing a one-two as Ivory Coast start promisingly.
45’ – HALF TIME: The referee brings the first half to an end.
44’ – On the other end, Romaric takes a free kick for The Ivoirians but it goes high and over.
42’ – Mikel’s cheeky indirect free kick with a shot layoff for Emenike who blasts rocket that leave Barry flatfooted.
41’ – John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) assists with a goal.
41’ –GOAL: Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) scores!
41’ – Victor Moses to take it.
41’ – Romaric concedes free kick.
40’ – Victor Moses cant find his way past Romaric.
39’ – Drogba takes it the free kick comes off the wall but Enyeama parries it and back into play.
38’ – Yaya Toure wins free kick after foul off Mikel Obi.
37’ – Yellow card: Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire) is cautioned.
37′: Worrying for Naija – Moses is down hurt. Toure with a sneaky arm out to prevent him running outside for the one-two, the ref missed it. Obviously.
36′: Now they switch to attack but, after a promising move, Tiene overhits his cross from the left wing.
35′: Ivory Coast have decided that they were lacking in possession so are knocking it about the back to get a feel for the ball.
34′: Drogba is penalised for a handball as he turns in the box to fire in a shot, which Enyeama tipped wide anyway. Poor reffing as he took that on his chest, as clear as day.
33′: Mikel quickly and cleverly takes a free-kick down the left but Moses is incorrectly flagged offside. These linesmen have been woeful at the Afcon.
32′: Gervinho cuts in from the right and is tripped by Brown, who is operating as a defensive winger at the moment. Free-kick Ivory Coast, Drogba and Toure again discuss who will take it. No, Zokora replaces Drogba now… But Toure takes, cleared by Nigeria.
31′: Zokora heads away Emenike’s cross despite Barry leaping for it. Assume there was no call. Throw on the Nigeria right.
30′: Toure to swing this free-kick from the left wing… Good ball in but nodded away. Gervinho keeps the ball in before finding Tiote, but his cross is deflected into the arms of Enyeama.
29′: Kalou had swapped flanks with Gervinho to try and find some more space but all he’s got was a whack round the ankles. On pitch treatment but I reckon he’ll play on.
28′: First booking goes to Onazi after he fouls Kalou on the Ivoria left. Clumsy, late and the Lille winger is hurt…
27′: BAD MISS EMENIKE! Should have scored, Brown raced clear through the middle after Ivory Coast gave it away – Bamba and Zokora were backtracking and he slipped Emenike through on the right but he panicked and blasted it yards over. Had to score, just the keeper to beat and he was out of position.
26′: Emenike just avoids straying offside but the pass from Mikel is too heavy. Goal kick Ivory Coast.
25′: Drogba tries a shot and almost takes his pal Toure’s head off. Toure questions the point of such an effort when he was directly in Drog’s path. Tiote with yet another trip on Emenike. He’ll surely be booked soon.
24.: Corner Ivory Coast then but headed clear at the near post by Echiejele. Good intervention as Drogba was lurking.
23′: Long-range effort from Tiote, which apparently took a deflection as it flew well over. Corner.
22′: Moses with a training ground routine as he rolls it down the right but Emenike is sleeping and wasn’t ready for it on the turn. He applauds the sentiment though.
21′: Nigeria play it around the back for a spell. Ivory Coast with a worrying lack of possession so far.
22′: Tiote fouls Emenike around 35 yards out. Moses and Mikel over it, with Brown and Oboabona the targets…
21′: Nigeria play it around the back for a spell. Ivory Coast with a worrying lack of possession so far.
19′: Oboabona fouls Kalou on the Ivorian right, but the ref decides it was a fair challenge. Seemed to block him off there!
18′: Bit of a scrappy phase after what has been an entertaining opening to this match, fairly high quality too. Shame the stadium is 2/3 empty.
17′: The replay shows that had someone risen properly in the six-yard box, Nigeria could have scored there. Brown as it was leapt the highest, but he was too deep.
16′: Free-kick to Nigeria on the right, which Moses swings in but it’s over everyone and out for a goal kick, despite the best efforts of Brown.
15′: So a quarter-of-an-hour is played and Nigeria certainly shading it so far!
14′: Moses pops up on the left, beating Eboue then brilliantly backheeling Emenike in, but Bamba closes him down and the Nigeria striker just bounces off the big man’s frame. Lovely backheel from Moses though!
13′: Romaric’s corner is met by a Bamba bicycle kick, but they’re not his speciality and he blasts it well over. Nice try though!
12′: Kalou with a nice turn away from Echiejele, finding Drogba who is challenged by Oboabona, who concedes a corner.
11′: All Nigeria at the moment as Emenike tries to get a shot away, closed down by Tiote.
10′: Now Echiejele with a long-range effort but it’s going well wide as Barry watches it pass.
9′: Nigeria have been ranked as outsiders for this tie but with Moses in there you can never discount them – he fires a rasping long-range drive that Barry bats away!
8′: Moses will take this free-kick, great ball into the six-yard box and Brown flies in but heads over!
7′: Foul on Emenike on the Nigeria right, Tiote – who is wearing no.9 confusingly – with the clumsy shove.
6′: Flag is up on Drogba after Romaric swings a lofted pass through – he was level too, poor decision!
5′: The linesman signalled a goal-kick in the end, must have taken a touch off an Ivorian en route. Bamba is fouled while winning a header.
4′: Looks like Drogba is going to shoot, it’s a few yards to the right of the edge of the D… Nope, lefty Tiene took it with a surprise effort, little run up, off the wall and a corner.
3′: A delay in taking this as Ivory Coast have a mothers meeting while Nigeria play games over the wall.
2; Drogba wins a free-kick off Echiejele, the Galatasaray striker backing into the defender and quite lucky to have got the decision.
1′: The first half is underway!
Nigeria starting 11: Enyeama, Efe, Omeruo, Oboabona, Echiejile, Onazi, Mba, Mikel, Moses, Ideye, Emenike
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