Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso (As it happened, play by play)



                                      NIGERIA 1-0 BURKINA FASO

FULL TIME Nigeria 1 – 0 Burkina Faso

90+4‘: That will be the match – just seconds left now…

90+3: Dagano takes it – but he’s blasted it over. He simply HAD to at leat hit the target there, and he he furious with himself.

90+2‘: Yellow card – Ideye booked for deliberate handball – dangerous free kick, 25 yards out… Last big chance for Burkina Faso?

90+1‘: Four extra minutes to play….

90+1‘: Ideye almost works another chance for Nigeria, but it seems they’ve already done enough…

89‘: Goal hero Mba comes off, Yobo on for Nigeria.

88‘: Nakoulma caught offside once more as he gets onto another overhit Kabore free kick – dead ball delivery has been very poor tonight for the underdogs.

87‘: Another let-off for Burkina Faso as Onzai’s great cross from the left finds Ideye in the six-yard box – but he’s unable to guide it past Diakite and it’s off for a goal kick.

86‘: How did Nigeria not score there? A comedy of errors between four defenders and the keeper sees both Moses and Ideye with chances to poke the loose ball home, but neither gets to it.

85‘: Free kick for Burkina Faso on the left – woefully overhit by Kabore and straight off. Time running out fast.

84‘: Dagano comes on to try and spice up Burkina Faso’s attack – Koulibaly makes way for him.

82‘: Mikel and Ideye stand over it… Ideye takes, but it’s wasted, floated well over the goal.

81‘: Free kick to Nigeria just outside the box as Koulibaly backs into Ideye.

80‘: Nigeria come up on the counter and Mba has a go from 30 yards – miles wide and right.

79‘: Increasing sense of desperation from Burkina Faso in their attempts to get back into the match – they won’t go down without a fight.

78‘: Nakoulma five yards offside making a run there – that’s just not helping anyone. Unless they’re Nigerian.

77‘: Pitroipa loses the ball while trying an inside-of-the-right-heel flick – still with the tricks even with 13 minutes left of the tournament.

75‘: Game really opening up now… A second goal seems almost certain, though there’s no telling who will get it.

74‘: Burkina Faso charge straight up the other end – and so close to an equaliser! The two quick counter attacks leave Nigeria open at the back, and Sanou cuts in from the right to shoot. Clean effort straight at the bottom left corner, but palmed around the post by Enyeama! Stunning save!

73‘: Kabore curls it in – and it’s cleared, Nigeria break… AND IT’S A SHOCKER BY NIGERIA! Moses’s pass puts Musa in free to score, but he trips on the turf as the ball comes to him in the open, 10 yards out!

73‘: The corner leads to a second, then a third as Ambrose heads clear.

72‘: Another corner now for Burkina Faso, conceded by Omeruo… Kabore to take again.

71‘: Yellow card – Kabore goes down under a challenge from Oshaniwa – yellow card, though replay suggests he was hard done by.

70‘: Corner to Burkina Faso, hit long and ends up getting headed straight off.

69‘: Possession stats have almost levelled out to 50-50 now – Burkina Faso pressing, Nigeria happy to play down the clock as we enter the final 20 minutes.

68‘: Egwuekwe comes on for the injured Echiéjilé.

67‘: Nice run by Moses up the right and he whips a cross in, but there’s nobody there to meet it.

66‘: Burkina Faso end up making a change, bringing Sanou on to try and bolster their midfield.

64‘: Delay for an injury to Echiéjilé. Could be a sub here.

63‘: Kone tries a long-range effort more in hope and desperation than anything else, pulling it well wide.

62‘: Free kick to Burkina Faso as Ambrose chops into Pitroipa – aimed at Bance, but Mikel gets there first to head clear.

61‘: Nigeria hit on the break, Ambrose trying to play Ideye through – but Kone steps in to clear.

60‘: Burkina Faso almost create a good chance as Pitroipa blasts up the right and delivers it to Nakoulma in the box – Nakoulma’s attempt to deliver it back is poor, though, and Ambrose clears.

59‘: Good half-chance for Burkina Faso – Kabore’s ball is right on Bance’s head, and his glancing header on target demands a save from Enyeama.

59‘: yellow card – Now Mikel gets himself put in the book as well by arguing with the ref over that booking – Pitroipa is hobbling off for more treatment and will miss the free kick taken by Kabore.

58‘: Yellow card: Omeruo gets booked for a tackle on Pitroipa – not much contact, but the Burkina Faso star player looks hurt.

57‘: Moses was trying to pass it through Panandetiguiri’s legs for some reason – overcomplicating it just when a simple one would have done.

56‘: Fantastic chance for Moses! The defence opens up in front of him as he moves into the box with only Panandetiguiri and Diakite to beat… but he takes too long over it and his shot ricochets back off the encroaching Panandetiguiri.

55‘: Uche comes off, Musa is on for Nigeria – he picked up a knock in a tackle a few minutes ago.

54′: Moses’s corner is cleared by Kone, and Nakoulma is away on the counter – but his move is stopped as he ball bounces up off his hand.

53: Moses wins a corner as he tussles with Koffi – good chance for Nigeria.

51‘: Nigeria slowing the game down now, trying to keep the ball.

50‘: Great chance for Nigeria! Terrific run up the right by Uche and he smashes the ball straight across the six-yard box – but none of the Super Eagles lurking in the box can get a foot to it…

48‘: Moses does brilliantly to drive across the big box before feeling Ideye who turns his man expertly and drives a shot from almost on the goal-line across the face of goal…

47‘: It’s Nigeria in the ascendancy but while they look comfortable in possession, they are creating very little so far…

46‘: Burkina Faso kick us off…

  1. The two teams are back on the field ahead of the second half…

45+2‘: HALF TIME! The whistle goes to end the half – Nigeria lead through Sunday Mba’s superbly taken goal, but Burkina Faso have had enough chances to suggest this match is far from over.

45+2‘: Wonderful chance again for Nigeria as Bance gives the ball away to Mba just outside the box – the Nigerian star can’t keep his shot down this time.

45+1‘: Two extra minutes to play.

45‘: Slightly unbelievably it’s the first time since 2004 that someone not from Egypt has scored in the Cup of Nations final!

44‘: Bance intercepts Obobona’s clearance and has a crack from just outside the box – struck beautifully on the half-volley, but again he fails to keep it down.

43‘: Great work by Pitroipa as he charges into the box, wins the ball well and looks back for support – it’s not there so he tries to go alone, but Obobona steps in to clear.

42‘: Lovely move by Burkina Faso as Bance heads for Nakoulma, who almost lobs Enyeama – but Nakoulma is ruled offside.

41‘: Absolutely brilliant finish by Mba – Nigeria have had very few clearcut chances, but are just about value for their lead.

40:GOAL TO NIGERIA! It’s Mba! Burkina Faso cut open as Victor Moses draws three defenders with fast footwork in the box – he shoots, and it ricochets back to Mba who storms forward from the left, takes two touches to beat two defenders and toe pokes past Diakite into the far corner!

39′: GOAL!

38′: The free kick finds Kone beyond the far post, but he goes for goal rather than heading back into the six-yard box – probably the wrong choice, but still a decent chance for Burkina Faso even as the ball slips past the right post.

38‘: Foul against Onazi on Panandetiguiri – yellow card and free kick 35 yards out on the left flank.

37‘: Burkina Faso right-back Koffi heads back to Diakite under pressure from Moses – safely done and there’s no opening.

36‘: It’s being played at a steady pace so far – almost as if both sets of players are only too ready for it to go to extra time.

34‘: Uche unlucky not to get Nigeria a free kick outside the box as he’s bundled aside by Kone. Good refereeing, letting the game flow well so far.

33‘: Yellow card – Another awful challenge from Rouamba, barging Moses in the back from behind and sending the Chelsea star flying. He’s in the book for that.

32‘: Ambrose runs a full 40 yards straight down the middle of the park but his ball to Moses is over hit…

31‘: Nigeria have had 59% of the ball so far – but underdogs Burkina Faso coming in to it much more.

30‘: Sensational stuff from Ideye to turn his man on the edge of the box before playing Uche but his touch again lets his down and the ball runs through to the keeper.

29‘: Free kick to Nigeria now as Rouamba was fouled.

28‘: Bance hits it, smashing it low and wide to the left of the goal. A bit of a scuffy one.

27‘: Free kick to Burkina Faso, 35 yards out… Bance to take.

26‘: Kabore and Panandetiguiri almost work an opening, but the Nigeria defence closes in.

25‘: Bance collects a high ball on his chest, spins to make space to shoot and has a lash from 30 yards. Nice strike but high, and it gets half-way up seating.

24‘: Burkina Coach Paul Put looking on unconcernedly – he must know that even to have got this far represents a huge success for his men.

23‘: Free kick to Burkina Faso as Nakoulma is fouled by Henry Traore.

22‘: Nigeria still bossing the game at the moment, keeping the ball very well.

21‘: Panandetiguiri wins a foul from Uche as the two tussle for a ball – first decision that’s gone against Nigeria tonight.

20‘: Another good half-chance for Nigeria as Victor Moses speeds past two defenders on the left and pings the ball into the six-yard box. Diakite dives to take it with Ideye and Uche both lurking.

19‘: Shocking mistake by Koulibaly as he tries to backheel the ball clear on the edge of his own penalty box – and ends up delivering it straight to Ideye! Burkina Faso just about clear the danger, but that was a close call.

18‘: Good long ball into the box from Mikel for Ideye, but his first touch is poor and it runs off the pitch.

17‘: Corner played short to Pitroipa, who slips in the box to lose the ball and end the chance.

16‘: First corner for Burkina Faso won as Pitroipa’s cross meant for Bance is hacked clear.

15‘: Nigeria look by far the more comfortable on the ball in this opening third of the first half. They’ve had 55% of the ball.

14‘: Clash of heads between Onanzi and Nakoulma – brief treatment required for both.

13‘: Nice counter by Nigeria sees Uche played in behind the back-four, but his run was mistimed slightly and he’s offside.

12‘: Jonathan Pitroipa makes a run for Burkina Faso, but his final ball through the middle is poor and cut out.

11‘: Big let-off for Burkina Faso there – and some worryingly underconfident keeping by Diakite.

10‘: Great chance for Nigeria! Diakite challenges for the corner with Ideye, spills the ball out of his hands, and Ideye has a chance to poke it in. Just over the bar!

10‘: Great work by Moses down the right wing to keep the ball in play – Panandétiguiri gave up on it. Nigeria win a corner.

9′: Burkina Faso have come through two lots of extra time in the last week or so, and they certainly look a little tired in these early stages.

8’: Good chance or Nigeria! Moses’s hanging cross is met perfectly by Ambrose, who clatters his header firm and hard – but just over the bar.

7″ : Rouamba penalised for a trip on Ideye – poor decision, that was a dive. Moses stands over the free kick 30 yards out.

6‘: Obabona takes the corner, but Diakite runs out of the Burkina Faso goal to punch it clear.

5‘: First corner of the match won by Nigeria…

4‘: Charles Kabore comes forward and looks for space to shoot from outside the box, but Omeruo blocks it.

3‘: Burkina Faso try to push forward and win a throw on the left, but Nigeria’s defence step up to clear.

2′: First attacking move of the match sees Nigeria’s Efe Ambrose charge up the right flank and put in a cross – straight at Diakite.

1’: The match gets under way at Soccer City, Nigeria kicking off.

0‘: Nigeria vs Burkina Faso: KICK OFF

-Bukina Faso’s national anthem is on


NIgeria  Burkina Faso
1 Vincent Enyeama 1 Daouda Diakité
3 Elderson Echiejile 5 Mohamed Koffi
5 Efe Ambrose 4 Bakary Koné
22 Kenneth Omeruo 8 Keba Paul Koulibaly
14 Godfrey Oboabona 22 Préjuce Nakoulma
10 John Obi Mikel 7 Florent Rouamba
17 Ogenyi Onazi 18 Charles Kaboré
11 Victor Moses 6 Djakaridja Koné
15 Ikechukwu Uche 15 Aristide Bancé
19 Sunday Mba 12 Saidou Mady Panandetiguiri
11 B,Y. Jonathan Pitroipa


16 Austine Ejide 16 Abdoulaye Soulama
23 Chigozie Agbim 23 Germain Sanou
21 Juwon Oshaniwa 3 Henri Traoré
2 Joseph Yobo 20 Wilfried Sanou
6 Azubuike Egwuekwe 17 Ali Rabo
20 Nosa(khare) Igiebor 13 Issouf Ouattara
4 Obiora Nwankwo 10 Alain Traoré
13 Fegor Ogude 21 Abdou Razack Traoré
12 Ruben Gabriel 9 Moumouni Dagano
7 Ahmed Musa 19 Pan Pierre Koulibaly
18 Ejike Uzoenyi 14 Benjamin Balima
2 Hugues Wilfrid Da

30 minutes until we kick off! Who is going to take home the AFCON2013 trophy? Nigeria or BurkinaFaso

Courtesy: Eurosport

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