Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Super Eagles are in the finals of the 2013 Nations Cup after a convincing 4-1 win over Mali

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be in the 2013 AFCON finals after a very impressive performance at the Moses Mabhida stadium today where the Super Eagles trashed Mali 4-1 in their semifinal encounter. A very mature performance from the Super Eagles of Nigeria, from the onset of the game, the Eagles controlled the ball and only stopped to concede a lone goal from Mali.

Nigeria made their first point just 25 minutes in the first half, Chelsea striker Victor Moses provided a low cross to Elderson Echijile who then scored the first goal for the SEagles with a header. Again, a relentless Super Eagles found the back of the net just 5 minutes after their first goal; Brown Ideye scored the second goal for Nigeria. And just before the end of the first half, Ideye was stopped by a late tackle from Mali’s Sissoko and the Super Eagles were awarded a dangerous free kick, seizing the opportunity, the Eagles tripled their points as Emmanuel Emenike fired the third goal in the 44th minute.
Despite several attempts from Mali to get back in the game, they were unable to secure a goal in the first-half, Mali’s skipper Keita, missed what would have been their only chance in the same half.

Nigeria surged into a 4-0 lead after 60 minutes of play,  Chelsea star Mikel played a perfectly-timed pass to set substitute Ahmed Musa on his way as he placed his shot through the goalkeeper's legs.
In an attempt to redeem some Malian pride Cheick Diabate set-up fellow substitute Fantamady Diarra to at least put Mali on the score sheet at 4-1.

Nigeria qualified for their first Nations Cup final 13 years with their 4-1 victory over Mali in the semifinal in Durban on Wednesday evening.
Mali will take on the  third/fourth play-off match on Saturday against either Burkina Faso and Ghana.