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WC Qualification Africa

  • November 16, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar
  • Referee: B. Gassama
  • • Attendance: 8000

Nigeria win Aggregate 4 - 1

Live Commentary

  • Congratulations to all Super Eagles fans all over the world, see you in Brazil. Let's continue the conversation on Twitter. It has been Lolade Adewuyi (@Jololade) bringing you all the actions of this important game. Stay tuned to Goal's coverage of the remaining African qualifiers all through this weekend. 
  • 90' + 3'
    The referee brings the game to an end as torrential rains pour down on Calabar. Nigeria become the first African representatives to Brazil 2014. It's 2-0 on the day and 4-1 on aggregate. The African champions march on to the 2014 Fifa World Cup. 
  • 90' + 2'
    We're into added time now as Nigeria continue to play near the corner flag as they look to run down the clock. 
  • 89'
    Emenike goes down once more, this time under the challenge of Aynalem Hailu who gets a yellow card for it. Echiejile content to play near the flag and wins another foul.
  • 85'
    The showers of blessing have opened up over Calabar as the rains continue to pour down over the city. 
  • 82'
    Goal Victor Obinna
  • 82'
    GOAL!!! Substitute Victor Obinna Nsofor strikes at the ball to beat Basa in the Ethiopian goal. The ball loops over the wall and dips just in time to beat the goalkeeper. 4-1 on aggregate now, and surely out of the grasp of the Ethiopians
  • 81'
    SubstitutionMinyahile Teshome Beyene Dawit Fekadu
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Saladin Bargicho
  • 80'
    Emenike's break is blocked and Nigeria win a free kick in a dangerous area. 
  • 79'
    SubstitutionVictor Moses Victor Obinna
  • 78'
    A tale of two Victors: Moses goes out for Nsofor as Keshi shuffles his attack once again.
  • 76'
    Moses s fouled as he made to break through the Ethiopian defence. Free kick goes wide.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionS. Bekele A. Hintsa
  • 74'
    Saladin shoots just wide as the Ethiopians look to be winning the battle in midfield. Addis Hinisa come on for Bekele to add more bite to the Antelopes' attack. 
  • 72'
    It's end to end stuff now with both sides searching for a goal, Nigeria to cushion their lead and Ethiopia to get back into this encounter. Who will cave in first? Fingers crossed 
  • 69'
    Yellow Card S. Said
  • 69'
    Can't keep your eyes off this one now, Saladin goes down in the box but instead of getting a penalty call, he gets booked by the referee for simulation. 
  • 68'
    SubstitutionKenneth Omeruo Azubuike Egwueke
  • 68'
    Nigeria substitute Kenneth Omeruo in his first return to the team after a prolonged injury. Azubuike Egwuekwe comes in, like for like in the central defence. 
  • 65'
    The Ethiopian opportunity peters off as Bekele is called for offside. Nigeria break quickly but lose the ball as it goes into touch for a goal kick. The pace is back into this game, enthralling atmosphere in Calabar with clouds gathering for rain.
  • 63'
    Saladin picks the ball and wins a free kick on the edge of the Nigerian box. Can they make this one count?  Omeruo hops off after that challenge. It's worrying for the Nigerian defence now as their two centre backs have picked up injuries.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionG. Kebede B. Assefa
  • 60'
    Ethiopia try to inject some energy of their own as Assefa Behailu, the scorer of the freak goal in Addis Ababa, comes in for Kebede. Nigeria win a cornner kick on the other end
  • 59'
    SubstitutionBrown Ideye Sunday Mba
  • 58'
    Substitution for Nigeria: Mba in for Ideye as Keshi looks to add some urgency into the attack
  • 56'
    Nigeria defence strongman Godfrey Oboabona gets stretchered off after being clipped by an Ethiopian attacker.
  • 54'
    Bekele sees an opportunity to score calmly taken by Enyeama who made himself big in a one-on-one challenge. The Ethiopians in urgent mood now.
  • 53'
    Some tough tackling coming from the Ethiopians in this half as captain Adane Girma gets a yellow card for a studs up challenge on Mikel. 
  • 52'
    Yellow Card Adane Girma
  • 51'
    Ethiopia miss an opportunity to score with two players in the Nigeria box but the Eagles clear as the Ethiopians claim it should have been a penalty. 
  • 48'
    Alula Girma goes into the referee's book for hacking down Musa needlessly. 
  • 48'
    Nigeria win a corner kick but Ethiopia clear and Mikel trips Bekele as the referee gives him a strong talking to. 
  • 46'
    Nigeria get us back into the game. All to play for in Calabar. Ethiopia have 45 minutes standing between them and a first ever World Cup place while the African champions are seeking their fifth. 
  • Some tactical talk coming from #ukwu (‏@mrokike): “Ideye and Musa need to be subbed. Musa has done little to influence the game and Ideye has been wasteful in his finishing.”
  • Your thoughts via Twitter: Dawit Hailemariam ‏(@Dave13988) tells me: “We Ethiopians are underdogs today so we will win and qualify for the World Cup.” Tough one I must say, but can it be done? 
  • 45' + 2'
    Referee signals for an end to the first half with Nigeria leading 1-0 off a Victor Moses penalty. Ethiopia need to score at least two goals in the second half to take this one into extra time. 
  • 45' + 1'
    Enyeama punches out the free kick but Girma lashes on to the rebound which goes just wide of the upright.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Kenneth Omeruo
  • 45'
    Omeruo gets booked by the referee for a foul on Saladin. Two minutes added on
  • 42'
    Just when I thought the Nigerians were going to sleep, Onazi gets a ball in front of the Ethiopian defence and fires in a shot that Basa parries out but Ideye's follow up goes far wide.
  • 39'
    The pace in this encounter has dropped so far. The Ethiopias have been the most lively but have been short in the final third where they have faced a stoic Nigerian defence.
  • 35'
    Musa's cross into the box goes wide, Ethiopia gather again but Said is brought down by Echiejile. They win a corner kick off after Ambrsoe clears
  • 31'
    Ideye's header goes just wide, Nigeria miss another opportunity to cement their lead. 
  • 29'
    Moses hits a stunning shot just outside of the box but the Ethiopian goalkeeper Basa keeps it out.
  • 29'
    Moses hits a stunning shot just outside of the box but the Ethiopian goalkeeper Basa keeps it out.
  • 29'
    Moses hits a stunning shot just outside of the box but the Ethiopian goalkeeper Basa keeps it out.
  • 27'
    The goal leaves Ethiopia with a tough task as they need to score at least twice now in order to take this encounter into extra time and penalties. 
  • 24'
    Bekele goes down in the Nigeria box but the referee waves away call for a penalty. The crowd cheering the hosts now, is it too early to celebrate already? 
  • 21'
    Yellow Card Victor Moses
  • 21'
    Moses picks up a yellow card for taking off his jersey while celebrating his goal. 
  • 20'
    Penalty Goal Victor Moses
  • 20'
    GOAL! Victor Moses steps up and shoots to the right of the goalkeeper who goes the wrong way. Nigeria take a crucial lead in this encounter. 
  • 17'
    Penalty to Nigeria! Defender Hailu stops the ball with his hand and the referee judges that it was a deliberate hand ball. 
  • 12'
    Saladin Said just showed why he is one of the top rated players in the Ethiopian side as he shimmies his way through the Nigerian defence but just fires wide of Enyeama's goal. Take notice of that man. 
  • 9'
    The opportunities have come early to Nigeria but the Eagles haven't settled enough to convert. Ideye is called for a foul in the Ethiopian box, should calm the visitors' nerves.
  • 6'
    Ethiopia win their own first corner kick off a counter attack but Nigeria clear and almost score as Emenike finds himself free with the goalkeeper who manages to keep it out. 
  • 3'
    An early corner kick for Nigeria breaks to Ambrose on the edge of the Ethiopian box but the defender shoots it high above the Antelopes' goal.
  • 1'
    We set off on this game with Nigeria dressed intheir traditional all green and Ethiopia in yellow. The Super Eagles will not relax in this one as they show intent from the beginning with possession and going on the attack. 
  • A free kick to Nigeria from 30 yards sees Mikel chip the ball in for Ambrose but the Ethiopian goalkeeper comes out to clear. 
  • National anthems being played, first the melodious Ethiopian anthem before the "Arise O'Compatriots" of Nigeria. It is said that the spirit of a winning team can be known from the way it sings its anthem. I leave you to judge this one. 
  • Pre-match activities going on now, with both teams having come on to the pitch. A full house it is in the U.J Esuene Stadium and with the Ethiopians well represented by a contingent of ecstatic fans. Will they leave Calabar with joy or gloom?
  • Some predictions coming through now, @Tfk_Abayomi tells me that the Super Eagles will win by at least four goals, if all the balls that go into the net are counted. Do I have any Ethiopians following this thread? Do get in touch with your thoughts via Twitter: @Jololade
  • Four men in the Nigerian starting line up have been named in the Caf African footballer of the year shortlist: Mikel, Enyeama, Emenike and Musa. Can Ethiopia stop this juggernaut that they come up against? 
  • Word coming out of the Nigeria camp lists the Super Eagles starting line up as follows: Enyeama,Echejile, Oboabona, Omeruo, Ambrose, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Musa, Brown, Emenike. It's a big return for Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo who has been out of the team since the Confederations Cup where he picked up an injury. Clearly Stephen Keshi's side will be attacking a lot today as he's chosen to start Brown Ideye instead of Nnamdi Oduamadi who was largely featherweight in Addis Ababa. What are your thoughts? 
  • Welcome to Goal's coverage of the second leg 2014 Fifa World Cup play-off between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Calabar. Remember that the first leg in October ended 1-2 in favour of the African champions. Today, both teams still have an opportunity of nicking one of Africa's five tickets to Brazil. Which team will it be? I am Lolade Adewuyi, chief editor of Goal Nigeria - join me on Twitter and we can bring your comments to this thread: @Jololade