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Played
February 3, 2013 5:00 PM SAST
Royal Bafokeng Stadium — Phokeng, NW
Referee:‬ D. Haïmoudi‎
Attendance:‬ 25000‎
 
50′ Cheikh Tiote
Emenike 43′
 
Sunday Mba 78′
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel
Nigeria
Flop of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly

Cote d'Ivoire 1-2 Nigeria: Super Eagles upset Elephants to earn Afcon semi-final clash with Mali

Two of Africa's Heavyweights came head to head in Rustenburg as the Afcon's third semi-final place was claimed; the Super Eagles upset the the odds by eliminating Cote d'Ivoire

By Ed Dove

CIVvsNigeria
ESPN

The Golden Generation of the Cote d'Ivoire finally came to the end of the road as they were usurped by Stephen Keshi's plucky Super Eagles at the King Bafokeng Stadium. Nigeria took the lead against the lethargic Elephants through a wonderful Emmanuel Emenike strike, before Cheik Tiote equalised with a header just after the interval. In an engrossing second half, Sunday Mba wrote his name in Naija folklore by finishing a hopeful run with a deflected finish past Boubacar Barry.

For the first half of action it seemed like the Super Eagles had turned back the clock and rolled back the years. Gone was the timidity and the nervousness that had characterised their dull group encounters, the side looked bold and brave. In comparison, the Ivorians, so well-fancied before the tournament, looked laborious and lethargic – their casual approach matching the unprofessional nicknames on some of their shirts.

It felt like 1994 as the Super Eagles burst forward. Victor Moses, the nation’s saviour against Ethiopia, was once again influential – his tenacious running and ferocious speed constantly causing problems for the Ivorian defenders. Emmanuel Emenike was also looking to capture the form of the opening 45 minutes against Burkina Faso, although the striker fired over from near point-blank range in the first half.

With the interval approaching, Nigerian enterprise eventually paid off. Soon after Yaya Toure had been forced into a shoulder block to curtail Moses’s advance, the Super Eagles won a free kick 30 yards out. John Obi Mikel laid the ball off, and Emenike, with the weight of 19 years of anguish behind him, fired the ball over the wall into the goal. Perhaps Copa Barry in the Ivorian net should have done better, but few in Nigeria cared, as the finish sparking furious celebration among their massed ranks.

The euphoria of the first half was not to last into the second. Moments after Salomon Kalou had been cautioned for simulation in the Nigerian box, Didier Drogba was brought to ground by Efe Ambrose. It was the Super Eagles’ moment to look inert, and they were promptly punished as Cheick Tiote headed the ball past Enyeama. The keeper promptly remonstrated with his static defence, but the damage had been done.

The second half unrolled with both sides looking to attack, and creating a number of opportunities. Elderson went close with a blocked shot when Moses was perhaps better placed. The miss threatened to be costly, that was, until Sunday Mba decided to introduce himself into the game's narrative. Running boldly at the Ivorian defence, the striker, included at the expense of the likes of Peter Odemwingie and Obafemi Martins, sent a deflected shot up and over Boubacar Barry.

It prompted ecstatic scenes in Rustenburg, as Stephen Keshi's men played out a nervy final ten minutes as the Ivorians pushed. John Obi Mikel must get a mention for a terrific tackle on Traore, but the whole team will be heralded as heroes after a glorious victory and well-deserved progression. They now face Mali in the semi-final on Wednesday.



Ivory Coast

30
2.50
15
Siaka Tiéné
Defender
2.00
27
Emmanuel Eboue
Defender
3.00
6
Sol Bamba
Defender
81′
2.50
5
Didier Zokora
Midfielder
2.50
-
Romaric
Midfielder
83′
2.50
24
Cheikh Tiote
Midfielder
50′
3.50
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
39′
3.00
8
Salomon Kalou
Striker
47′ 69′
2.50
27
Gervinho
Striker
2.50
11
Didier Drogba
Striker
50′
2.50

Nigeria

3.00
1
3.00
21
3.00
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
3.50
2
4.00
-
4.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
43′
4.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
90′
3.00
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
28′
3.50
-
Sunday Mba
Midfielder
78′
4.00
29
Emenike
Striker
43′
3.00
11
B. Ideye
Striker

Substitutes

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D. Yeboah
Goalkeeper
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-
 - 
15
Arthur Boka
Defender
 - 
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
32
I. Lolo
Defender
 - 
62
Abdul Razak
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
10
 - 
11
 - 
7
2.50
28
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper
2.50
26
Joseph Yobo
Defender
90′
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
Reuben Gabriel
Midfielder
 - 
13
Fegor Ogude
Midfielder
 - 
-
E. Uzoenyi
Striker
 - 
20
N. Igiebor
Midfielder
 - 
23
 - 
15
Uche
Striker

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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
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Results
Quarter Finals
Times In SAST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba
Striker
Galatasaray
6 3
Mbokani Mbokani
Striker
Dynamo Kiev
5 2
Alain Traoré Alain Traoré
Midfielder
Lorient
5 0
Wakaso Wakaso
Midfielder
Rubin
4 3
Victor Moses Victor Moses
Midfielder
LFC
4 2