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1 vs 2
Played
October 13, 2013 2:00 PM BST
Addis Ababa Stadium — Addis Abeba
Referee:‬ N. Alioum‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎
 
Emenike 67′
 
Emenike 90′ (PG)
Top of the Match
Emenike
Emenike
Nigeria
Emenike
Emenike
Nigeria
Flop of the Match
Nnamdi Oduamadi
Nnamdi Oduamadi
Nigeria
Emenike
Emenike
Nigeria

Ethiopia 1-2 Nigeria: Emenike double breaks hosts' hearts

The home side took the lead but two goals from the Fenerbahce striker spared the Super Eagles' blushes

Nigeria
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Emmanuel Emenike scored a double as Nigeria claimed in a 2-1 win in the first leg of their World Cup play-off with Ethiopia.

The visitors headed into the game as strong favourites for the clash against an Ethiopia side looking to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.

However, the Africa Cup of Nations holders struggled for much of the encounter and fell behind when midfielder Behailu Assefa put Ethiopia ahead early in the second half.

Sewnet Bishaw's men could not hold on to their lead, though, with Emenike levelling with a fine individual goal before completing the turnaround with a late penalty.

Nigeria made the better start to proceedings, with winger Victor Moses and striker Nnamdi Oduamadi both wasting chances to give the visitors the advantage.

Ethiopia were denied a shock lead in the 23rd minute when Saladin Said saw his effort prevented from finding the net by Godfrey Oboabona's goal-line clearance.

Referee Neant Alioum adjudged that the ball had not crossed the line, and Ethiopia were almost made to pay for that missed opportunity when attacker Ahmed Musa forced a fine save from home goalkeeper Jemal Tassew.

Bishaw's side again came close when Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama produced a great stop to keep out another Saladin strike just before the break.

But Ethiopia were rewarded for their persistence 11 minutes into the second half, Assefa netting in bizarre fashion as Enyeama caught his deep left-wing cross after the ball had the crossed the line.

But their lead lasted just 10 minutes. Emenike levelled matters with a spectacular finish from 25 yards that left Tassew with no chance.

Stephen Keshi's side gained confidence from that goal, but their hopes of taking victory looked to be fading when Musa struck the post 14 minutes from time.

There was to be a sting in the tail for the hosts though, as Emenike secured triumph with a confident spot-kick in the 90th minute after he had been pulled down by Aynalem Hailu.

The sides will meet for the decider in Calabar on November 16.


Ethiopia

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J. Tassew
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
A. Butako
Defender
3.00
5
2.50
12
D. Debebe
Midfielder
3.00
-
Tesfaye Seyoum
Defender
13′
3.00
19
3.00
17
Adane Girma
Midfielder
56′ 64′
3.00
-
Behalu Assefa
Defender
56′ 57′
3.00
14
2.50
7
S. Said
Striker
3.00
2
S. Bekele
Midfielder
74′
2.50

Nigeria

2.50
1
3.00
-
3.00
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
3.50
2
3.00
21
3.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
2.50
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
2.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
67′
2.50
23
4.00
29
Emenike
Striker
67′ 90′
1.50
-

Substitutes

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S. Asefa
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
S. Bancha
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
B. Bogale
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
Moges Tadesse
Midfielder
 - 
-
A. Hintsa
Midfielder
74′ 84′
2.50
-
F. Asfaw
Midfielder
 - 
-
Dawit Fekadu
Midfielder
 - 
11
U. Ukuri
Striker
64′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
30
2.00
20
N. Igiebor
Midfielder
65′
2.50
11
B. Ideye
Striker
67′
 - 
23
 - 
-
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
First Leg
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Mohammed Abu Trika Mohammed Abu Trika
Midfielder
Al-Ahly
6 4
Papiss Cissé Papiss Cissé
Striker
Newcastle United
6 1
Asamoah Gyan Asamoah Gyan
Striker
Al Ain
6 0
Mohamed Salah Mohamed Salah
Midfielder
Chelsea
6 0
Juvenal Juvenal
Midfielder
5 2