Sunday, February 3, 2013

Match report:The Eagles advance to the semifinals of the ongoing Nations Cup with victory over favorites Ivory Coast

Nigeria 2-1 Ivory Coast

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Sunday beat the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in the quarterfinal showdown which took place earlier today at the Rustenburg Stadium to secure a semifinal ticket in the ongoing 2013 Nations Cup.
In what can only be classified as an amazing performance, Nigeria had their second successive win today; Coach Keshi can now breathe as the Super Eagles will advance to take on Mali in the battle for the ultimate victory.
O.k, here is how it all went down, Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring right  before half-time, Emenike made no mistake in the 41st minute as he smahed a thunderous goal which came through an indirect free kick off Chelsea’s Mikel Obi.
Just 6 minutes into the second half, Cote d'Ivoire came back fighting, Midfielder Cheick Tiote drew the Elephants level shortly after the break with a header from Didier Drogba's free-kick.
But Sunday Mba sealed Nigeria's win with a shot deflected off Sol Bamba in the 76th minute of the game.
The result sees Nigeria through to their fifth semi-final in seven Nations Cup appearances, while Ivory Coast's wait for a second continental title goes on, after they failed once again to live up to their billing as the highest-ranked side in Africa.
Nigeria will face Mali on February 6 in Durban in search of the first final appearance since 2000.