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Africa Cup of Nations

  • January 22, 2013
  • • 02:00
  • • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Referee: M. Benouza
  • • Attendance: 8500

Live Commentary

  • Full time in Nelspruit! Late drama! A last-gasp strike from Alain Traore has sealed a massive point for Burkina Faso against the mighty Nigeria. The Super Eagles had taken the lead in the first half through Emanuel Emenike but failed to kill the game off. Burkina Faso pressed and pressed and their determination eventually paid off! I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on! See you next time!
  • 90' + 4'
    Assist Jonathan Pitroipa
  • 90' + 4'
    Goal Alain Traoré
    THEY'VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT!!! GOOOOOOAAAAAL FOR BURKINA FASO!!! Pitroipa gets into a great position inside the box and reverses the ball to the edge of the box for Alain Traore, who strokes the ball into the bottom right corner! 1-1! Incredible!!
  • 90' + 1'
    Burkina Faso look to have gave up now. The Stallions have paid the price for a toothless display in front of goal. They have matches Nigeria in other areas but have lacked the quality in the final third.
  • 89'
    Poor from Alain Traore. The substitute finds himself in a great position on the left-hand side but curls a harmless cross straight into the arms of the grateful Vincent Enyeama. It looks like Nigeria will start off the tournament with a win!
  • 87'
    Mikel shoots from range!! The Chelsea man receives a pass from Omeruo on the edge of the box but blasts the ball well over the bar from 20 yards of so. He's never really been known for his shooting ability!
  • 85'
    Poor decision from the assistant referee! Musa looks to have broke the offside trap and drives towards goal but the linesman brings the play back. The Nigerian looked level with the last defender there!
  • 83'
    Superb interception from Joseph Yobo. Racack Traore cuts inside and slides a pass into the feet of Pitroipa. The Rennes man looks poised to shoot from the edge of the box but the Nigeria captain comes in with an important tackle to clear the ball.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionFlorent Rouamba Abdou Razak Traoré
  • 81'
    Last throw of the dice from Burkina Faso. Striker, Abdou Razack Traore, comes on for Florent Rouamba. The Stallions have plenty of attackers on the pitch now, but time is running out. They need to heap more pressure on Nigeria.
  • 79'
    Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi wisely makes a defensive-minded substitution. The impressive Brown Ideye comes off to be replaced by Kenneth Omeruo. Will the Super Eagles hold on for the last 10 minutes?
  • 78'
    SubstitutionBrown Ideye Kenneth Omeruo
  • 77'
    Ambrose's sending off should surely make Burkina Faso kick up a few gears. They have without a doubt been the better side in the second half but have lacked a killer instinct up front. The man advantage should gives them bags of confidence in the last 15 minutes or so.
  • 75'
    Nosa isn't sent off...but Efe Ambrose is!! The Nigerian is shown his second yellow card of the match for pulling back Pitroipa on the left wing. Very silly from the Celtic man! His side will have to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men.
  • 74'
    Yellow/Red E. Ambrose
  • 73'
    Very nasty challenge from Nosa Igiebor! The Nigerian rakes his studs over the shin of Florent Rouamba and receives a yellow card! That could have been a red!
  • 72'
    Yellow Card N. Igiebor
  • 72'
    Nigeria make their final substitution of the match. Fegor Ogude is withdrawn and his replacement is Ogenyi Onazi.
  • 71'
    Wasteful again from Burkina Faso. Traore whips his free kick straight off the wall. Another attempt comes in but it dribbles harmlessly by the post and Nigeria get a goal kick.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionFegor Ogude Ogenyi Onazi
  • 70'
    Free kick to Burkina in a very useful position. Alain Traore shows impressive trickery on the edge of the box but is body checked by John Obi Mikel. Let's see what the Stallions can make of this.
  • 68'
    Uche misses an absolute sitter!! The Villarreal man takes the ball down inside the box with a terrific touch but horribly slices the ball wide with a left-footed strike seven yards out! Nigeria pass up a great chance to double their lead!
  • 66'
    Burkina Faso make their second change of the game. Lorient attacker, Alain Traore has come on for Aristide Bance.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionAristide Bancé Alain Traoré
  • 64'
    The introduction of Wilfried Sanou has really acted as a catalyst for Burkina Faso looking much more dangerous here. His pace and powerful running are causing real problems for Nigeria down the right-hand side.
  • 62'
    Brilliant save from Vincent Enyeama!! The ball comes to Dagano in the inside right channel and the strikers drives an attempt towards the bottom left corner, but the Nigeria 'keeper tips the ball round the post with the softest of touches! Terrific stop!
  • 60'
    Both sides struggling to muster up any kind of meaningful possession at the moment. The ball is being surrendered all too frequently in the centre of midfield.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionEmenike Uche
  • 58'
    First change of the match from Nigeria. Goalscorer, Emanuel Emenike, comes off and is replaced by Kale Uche.
  • 56'
    Penalty shout for Burkina Faso! Jonathan Pitroipa gets is legs in a tangle with Yobo and Echiejile and goes down. However the referee plays on. Looks like a good decision from the ref as there was no intent from the Nigerian duo and very little contact.
  • 54'
    Wild attempt from Nosa. The Nigeria attacker cuts in from the left flank and unleashes a thunderbolt of a strike towards goal. Too bad the attempt lacks any kind of direction and flies out for a Burkina Faso goal kick.
  • 52'
    Sanou has looked bright since his introduction. He has showed plenty of endeavour down the right wing but he just needs get improve on his final ball. A couple of times now Dagano has been in a great position inside the box but has not received good enough service.
  • 50'
    Great defending from Yobo!! A ball is whipped in from the right-hand side and Dagano glances a header towards goal but the former Everton man deflects the ball away from goal with his chest!
  • 48'
    Burkina Faso boss Paul Put has opted to make a change at half time. Wilfried Dah has been withdrawn for Wilfried Sanou.
  • 47'
    Early half-chance for Nigeria. Ideye exchanges a neat one-two with Emenike on the edge of the box and hits a dipping volley towards goal but it goes wayward of the mark and Burkina Faso get the goal kick.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionHugues-Wilfried Dah Wilfried Sanou
  • 46'
    We are back under way in South Africa!
  • Half time in Nelspruit. A poachers goal from Emmanuel Emenike is the difference between Nigeria and Burkina Faso as we go into the break. The Super Eagles lead 1-0 but the Stallions are by no means out of the match! Join us in 15 minutes for the second period!
  • 43'
    Ideye gets on the end of another cross field pass and smashes a pass into the area for Emenike, but Koulibaly is there to clear the ball up the park to safety. The front three of Nigeria proving to be a real threat in this match.
  • 41'
    And that is exactly what they have started to do. Mikel has took it upon himself to move the play 10 yards up the park. Nigeria's passing is much more incisive. Last five minutes of the half now, a goal for either side would do decisive.
  • 39'
    Burkina Faso have grown more and more into the game since going a goal behind. Nigeria's threat seems to have dropped significantly also. They need to increase the tempo of their passing.
  • 38'
    Yellow Card E. Ambrose
  • 37'
    Second booking of the match goes to Efe Ambrose. Bance shows impressive trickery to flick the ball by the Celtic defender, who stops the Burkina Faso winger in his tracks with a body check.
  • 36'
    The corner kick is once again poor from the Stallions and Nigeria manage to deal with it without much hassle.
  • 35'
    Free kick opportunity for Burkina Faso. Dagano smashes the set-piece towards goal from 25 yards out but the ball deflects off the Nigeria wall for a corner kick.
  • 33'
    Ideye collects the ball in a great position just inside the box. He shifts his weight and attempts to lash a strike towards the near post but Abdoulaye Soulama in the Burkina Faso goal saves comfortably.
  • 31'
    Terrible miscommunication from two Burkina Faso players! A quick free kick is played inside but Aristide Bance and Djakaridja Kone both attempt to have a strike at goal! The result is a terrible tangle of legs on the edge of the box and Nigeria counterattack!
  • 29'
    Burkina Faso have been wasteful with their set-pieces. Florent Rouamba had two opportunities to whip in a corner kick but both were flat and didn't pose much of a threat to Vincent Enyeama in the Nigeria goal!
  • 27'
    It may not be the worst tactic to play long balls as the surface is not the ideal for slick passing, but the Nigerian defence are easily dealing with an any aerial threat from the Stallions.
  • 26'
    Burkina Faso guilt of playing far too many long-balls here. Perhaps they are looking to copy the first goal of Nigeria!
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Fegor Ogude
  • 24'
    First yellow card of the match goes to Fegor Ogude. The Nigerian cynically tripped up Jonathan Pitroipa on the left wing with Burkina Faso were looking to mount a counterattack. Deserved booking.
  • 23'
    Assist Brown Ideye
  • 23'
    Goal Emenike
    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR NIGERIA!!! A long pass is floated up top and Ideye cushions a fantastic flick into the path of Emenike who out-muscles the Burkina Faso defenders to stab home from eight yards! 1-0!
  • 20'
    A small break in play at the moment as Bakary Kone is currently down injured. Emenike just came in with a high foot and caught him on the top of the foot. No malice in the tackle but the Burkina Faso man took a sore one.
  • 18'
    Poor play from Wilfried Dah!! The 26-year-old gallops down the right-hand side and gets to the byline but opts to blast a shot towards goal rather than clip the ball inside. He had three team-mates in the box looking for a pass! His attempt hits the side-netting and Nigeria get the goal kick.
  • 16'
    So close again from Nigeria! Emenike gets to the byline and chips a cross to the back post but the ball is just an inch too high for Ideye and goes outside the penalty area. Koffi clears for Burkina Faso.
  • 14'
    Nigeria have been dominant so far. John Obi Mikel, in particular has bossed the midfield and is picking long and short passes at will. Burkina Faso yet to get into the match.
  • 12'
    Ideye blasts over from 12 yards!! Musa whips in a fantastic cross from the right-hand side but the Dynamo Kyiv man powers the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy! Great chance for Nigeria to go ahead!
  • 10'
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  • 8'
    Penalty shout for Nigeria!! Ideye latches on to a fantastic pass from Mikel but is brought down inside the area by Koulibaly! The Burkina Faso defender eased him out of the way when he looked to be through on goal, but the referee waves play on!
  • 6'
    Good defending from Godfrey Oboabona. A ball is floated over the top of the Nigera defence and Moumouni Dagano looks to battle his way through to get on the end of the pass, but the Nigeria defender recovers well and eventually earns a free kick.
  • 4'
    The pitch does not look in particularly good shape this evening. A lot of brown patches amongst the green and already there have been a couple of passes that have held up in the turf.
  • 3'
    Ahmed Musa receives a neat pass to his feet from Efe Ambrose and looks to turn sharply on the wing but is unceremoniously taken out by Panandetiguiri. Free kick to Nigeria on the right-hand side.
  • 2'
    Nigeria have never lost against Burkina Faso in five matches. Will the rot be stopped by The Stallions tonight? Or will the Super Eagles celebrate their return to the Africa Cup Of Nations with a win?
  • 1'
    We are under way in Nelspruit!
  • The players have took to the pitch now and the national anthems sound out in the Mbombela Stadium! Ofcourse, the songs are nearly drowned out by the sound of Vuvuzelas!
  • Whilst Nigeria have become the Kings of third-place finishes at the Afcon, Burkina Faso's best effort was in 1998, on home soil, when the Stallions finished in fourth place.
  • The Super Eagles have finished in third-place a record six times, beating Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, and Mali (twice) in the play-off matches.
  • Burkina Faso (4-4-1-1): Soulama; Koffi, Kone, Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri; D.Kone, Pitroipa, Rouamba, Dah; Bance; Dagano
  • Nigeria (4-3-3): Enyeama; Echiejile,Yobo,Oboabona,Ambrose; Ogude, Mikel, Igiebor; Emenike, Ideye, Musa
  • I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action this evening Let's hop we see an entertaining match!
  • Good evening folks! Welcome to's LIVE coverage of the Africa Cup Of Nations clash between Nigeria and Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit!