Nigeria 2 vs 0 Ethiopia

Nigeria edge Ethiopia to reach World Cup

16 November 2013,

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Victor Moses © Action Images

Nigeria sealed their qualification for the 2014 Fifa World Cup when they defeated Ethiopia 2-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday afternoon.

Victor Moses and Obinna Nsofor scored the goals to help the Super Eagles secure a 4-1 aggregate win after they had won the first leg in Addis Ababa 2-1.

The hosts had a chance to break the deadlock in the sixth minute when Moses released Emenike on the right, but his shot was pushed wide by Sisay Bancha.

The opening goal arrived in the 20th minute when Moses slotted the ball into the bottom right corner from the penalty spot after Aynalem Hailu was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

Nigeria came close to doubling their lead after the half-hour mark but Moses was denied by a good save from Bancha before Brown Ideye headed wide at the far post from Ogenyi Onazi’s cross.

Onazi also threatened with a powerful strike from outside the box in the 43rd minute but his shot was blocked by Bancha before Ideye rushed his follow-up shot over the crossbar.

Chances were few and far between in the second half but Shimelis Bekele almost broke through the left side of the box in the 54th minute yet Vincent Enyeama came off his line to smother his effort.

Bancha then pulled off two good saves at the other end to keep his side in the game, denying Emenike in the 60th minute before stopping another effort from Ahmed Musa two minutes later.

However, Stephen Keshi’s side sealed the win in style in the 83rd minute when Nsofor beat the goalkeeper with a well-struck freekick five minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Nigeria (1) 2 (Moses pen 20’, Nsofor 83’)
Ethiopia 0

Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Omeruo (Egwuekwe), Oboabona, Echiejile; Onazi, Mikel; Musa, Moses (Nsofor 78’), Ideye (Mba 58’); Emenike

Ethiopia: Bancha; Alula, Aynalem, Bargecho, Abebaw; Megersa, Teshome (Fekadu 81’); Bekele (Hinsa 75’), Adane, Kebede (Assefa 60’); Said

 

Football - 2013 African Cup of Nations Finals - Ethiopia v Nigeria - Royal Bafokeng Stadium - Rustenburg

Victor Nsofor was substituted for Brown Ideye and he scored a brilliant free kick at the edge of 18yards at 1st minutes of is substitution

Goal number 2 for Nigeria.
Nigeria 1 – 0 Ethiopia

The first half just ended.

Victor Moses scored the penalty, putting Nigerians ahead of the Ethiopians.
Gooooooal for Nigeria in the 19th minutes.

Penalty awarded to Nigeria.

Ethiopian in yellow jersey, while Nigerian in their traditional green jersey.

The match has just started. Both teams in their position.

NATIONAL ANTHEM OF ETHIOPIAN HAS BEEN SUN. NIGERIA’S ONGOING.

The match commences at 4:00p.m.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will play against their Ethiopian counterpart at 4:00 p.m.

The match, to be played in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, is the second leg of the final round of the World Cup Qualifiers for both countries. Nigeria won the first leg in Ethiopia 2-1.

A draw or an outright victory will be enough for the Super Eagles to qualify for Brazil 2014.

The Super Eagles starting XI for the match is:

Enyeama (c); Echiejile, Oboabona, Omeruo, Ambrose; Onazi, Mikel, Moses; Musa, Brown, and Emenike.

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Update 5:

Fans applaud as names of Eagles players are reeled out on the microphone.

Update 4:

Super Eagles now on the pitch to warm up. They are being joined by the Ethiopians.

Update 3:

The victorious Golden Eaglets get thunderous applause from fans as their presence at the stadium was announced. The Eagles backroom staff are out to prepare the stage for the Eagles to warm up.

Update 2:

About an hour to kick-off, the U.J. Esueme Stadium is getting filled up. The referees have inspected the pitch and the two teams, Nigeria and Ethiopia, have arrived amidst tight security.

Update 1:

Eagles, Ethiopia arrive stadium amidst tight security, The Eagles and Ethiopians have arrived at the UJ Eusene stadium. Both teams arrived amidst tight security while Ethiopia and their about 100 fans were singing like warriors as they remain confident of a good result.

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