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2 vs 0
Played
November 16, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
U.J. Esuene Stadium — Calabar
Referee:‬ B. Gassama‎
Attendance:‬ 8000‎
 
20′ (PG) Victor Moses
 
 
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
Victor Obinna
Victor Obinna
Nigeria
Flop of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly

Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia (Agg 4-1): Moses & Obinna send Super Eagles to World Cup

Victor Moses and Victor Obinna seal Stephen Keshi's men's place at Brazil 2014

Victor Moses and Efe Ambrose - Nigeria
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Nigeria will be playing in next summer's World Cup in Brazil after defeating Ethiopia 2-0 on Saturday to seal a 4-1 aggregate play-off triumph.

After winning the first leg 2-1 in Addis Ababa last month, Victor Moses' 20th-minute penalty and substitute Victor Obinna's late free-kick secured Stephen Keshi's side their place at the finals for a fifth time in six attempts.

The hosts were strong favourites coming into the game, with the added benefit of two away goals from the first leg, and when Aynalem Hailu was deemed to have handled the ball inside the area, Moses dispatched the penalty leaving the visitors needing two goals just to force extra time.

In truth, Sewnet Bishaw's side created little, and when Obinna thumped home a 25-yard free-kick with eight minutes remaining it sealed a comfortable passage for Nigeria.

The hosts made two changes from the first leg with Brown Ideye and Kenneth Omeruo returning to the starting XI, while coach Bishaw made four alterations for Ethiopia, with first-leg goalscorer Behailu Assefa among those to miss out.

Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike, who netted a double in the first leg, was the first to threaten, the striker seeing his close-range volley acrobatically parried away by Sisay Bancha in the sixth minute.

But it was a controversial incident that saw the home side take the lead 14 minutes later when defender Hailu was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

The defender attempted to block a cross from the left, with the ball striking his thigh and bouncing up onto his right arm.

The referee, Bakary Gassama from Gambia, pointed to the spot despite strong protests from the visiting players, before Moses stepped up to send Bancha the wrong way from 12 yards.

Ideye twice wasted opportunities to extend Nigeria's lead before the break, heading narrowly wide from Ogenyi Onazi's right-wing cross on the half-hour mark before blazing over after Bancha had parried Onazi's effort two minutes before the interval.

In a largely uneventful second half, Bancha rushed from his line to deny Emenike on the hour, before Obinna - on as a 79th-minute replacement for Moses - sent a vicious dipping free-kick beyond Bancha.

The goalkeeper really should have done better, wafting an arm at the ball as it flew past him, but it was of no concern to Nigeria, sparking scenes of celebration at the final whistle.


Nigeria

1
Vincent Enyeama
Goalkeeper
3.00
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
3.00
2
3.00
-
Kenneth Omeruo
Defender
45′ 68′
3.00
21
3.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
3.50
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
4.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
20′ 21′ 79′
3.00
23
2.50
11
B. Ideye
Striker
59′
2.50
29
Emenike
Striker
2.50

Ethiopia

3.00
-
S. Bancha
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
A. Butako
Defender
2.00
6
Alula Girma
Defender
2.00
5
2.00
19
2.00
-
2.00
17
Adane Girma
Midfielder
52′
2.50
2
S. Bekele
Midfielder
75′
2.50
14
3.00
7
S. Said
Striker
69′
2.50
9

Substitutes

16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.50
-
 - 
30
 - 
-
Reuben Gabriel
Midfielder
 - 
-
Sunday Mba
Midfielder
59′
2.50
7
 - 
-
 - 
-
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
-
J. Tassew
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.50
-
 - 
-
 - 
3
B. Bogale
Midfielder
 - 
12
D. Debebe
Midfielder
2.50
-
A. Hintsa
Midfielder
75′
 - 
-
Dawit Fekadu
Midfielder
81′

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • 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
Second Leg
Times In GMT
 
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