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Super Eagles VS Morocco
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The Super Eagles move into the semi-finals of Chan 2014, after they left it very late to beat the Atlas Lions 4-3 at the Cape Town stadium. Morocco had a 3 goal lead going into the break , but Nigeria scored three unasnwered goals themselves via Ejike Uzoenyi (89) Rabiu Ali (54) Ogonna Uzochukwu (49). The match went into extra-time and Abubakar Ibrahim Aliyu scored Nigeria's fourth goal to send them through to the semi's.
18:32 FULL-TIME Nigeria 4- 3 Morocco
18:32 120th min - Nigeria are through to the semi-finals!!!!!!
18:30 120th min - The Super Eagles have given Keshi a wonderful belated birthday gift.
18:29 120th min - Three added minutes to the match, Morocco have been nowhere in the second half. They lacked the urgency of their first half performance. Arguably one of the greatest comebacks in African football.
18:27 118th min - A minute to go in the match, Keshi is on the edge of his technical area. Nigeria keep the ball in their half. Stroking it around the pitch.
18:25 116th min - What an unbelievable comeback by the Super Eagles, Abubakar Ibrahim Aliyu completes the scoring for Nigeria, as they take the lead for the first time in the game.
18:19 112th min - GOAL!!!!! Nigeria 4- 3 Morocco. Ibrahim the substitute picks up the fumble to score what could be the winner.
18:17 110th min - Nigeria have had 27 shots on goal, in comparison to Morocco's 15. It's been an open game , end-to-end stuff and the fans are loving it.
18:13 105th min - First period of extra-time done and dusted! 15 minutes to go till penalties!!!Will we get there though?
18:09 104th min - Free-kick to Morocco, the ball gets crossed and Lajour misses an amazing chance to win the game! Another shocking miss!
18:05 99th min - Lots of passing and little ingenuity. Rabiu Ali has a free-header, but he couldn't hit the target! Shocking!!
18:02 96th min - Both teams are just knocking the ball forward, hoping one of their strikers will latch onto it.
17:59 93rd min - Rabiu Ali takes the corner, but Ibrahim is pulled up for being offside.
17:56 91st min - First period of extra-time begins.
FULL-TIME Nigeria 3-3 Morocco
17:49 90th min - What an amazing match! We will go to extra-time! Nigeria scored three unanswered goals in the second half to bring themselves into the reckoning. Fantastic comeback!
17:46 90th min - GOAL!!!!! Nigeria 3- 3 Morocco Ejike Uzoenyi does the unimaginable and scores in the final minute.
17:44 88th min - Rabiu Ali floats in a high free-kick from the right, but the header has way too much power on it.
17:42 87th min - Both sets of players look tired , lazy challenges and not much running has seen more yellow cards being show by the referee.
17:38 83rd min - Free-kick to Morocco in a dangerous area. Agbim will need to be wide-awake and he collects the ball at his knees. Nigeria still need one more goal to draw level. They haven't been close to the Moroccans goal in the past few minutes.
17:34 79th min - The game is simmering over a bit, like a boiling water on a stove. Couple of nasty tackles flying around the pitch. Nigeria can't afford to take long-range shots, they need to play the ball into the Moroccan third and work their magic.
17:30 75th min - Absurdly, the referee cautions Rabiu Ali for taking the free-kick too quickly. Strange. 15 minutes to go, can Nigeria score another goal to take the game to extra-time?
17:25 70th min - Fascinating contest we have on our hands. Odunlami picks up a caution for shirt-tugging, or should I say, tugging a Moroccan player. Free-kick to the Atlas lions from 40 yards out, good stop from Agbim.
17:21 66th min - The sub, Ibrahim tries to curl one around Lamyaghri's goal, but the ball has to much height on it. Good chance.
17:19 64th min - Ede makes way for Ibrahim, as Keshi makes his first change of the match. His team have come back nicely in the second period. We have a cracker football fans, don't go anywhere! It is still anyone's game!
17:17 62nd min - I was just about to say that Morocco haven't been in the second half at all, and then Agbim pulls off an outstanding save to deny the Moroccans!
17:12 57th min - We have a game on our hands now people! Just under 30 minutes to go and Nigeria are only one goal behind. Whatever
17:11 56th min - GOAL!!!! Morocco 3-2 Nigeria. Rabiu Ali scores from 9 yards out to bring the Super Eagles within one goal.
17:05 49th min - GOAL!!! Morocco 3- 1 Nigeria. Ugonna Uzochukwu scores with a thunderbolt shot! Keshi's men are two down now!
17:01 45th min - And the second half gets underway, how are Nigeria going to get back from this one? It really does seem like Everest to climb. Keshi hasn't made any changes to the team for the second-half.
HALF-TIME: Morocco 3-0 Nigeria
16:44 45th min - One minute of extra-time has been added. Boy, Nigeria need to regroup, but the Moroccans are not sitting back and defending. Nigeria need to score three times to get level with the North Africans.
16:43 44th min - Right, let's just take a minute to breathe! This has been a frenetic few minutes, 3 goals in 7 minutes has put Stephen Keshi's men on the brink of a quarterfinal exit to their North African rivals.
16:39 40th min - GOAL!!!! Morocco 3- 0 Nigeria. Moutaouali scores his second of the match, a wonderful low drive from just outside the big box! Nigeria are 3-0 down, and conceded all the goals in seven minutes!
16:37 38th min - GOAL!!!!! Morocco 2-0 Nigeria. Lajour steps up and curls a free-kick over the wall and past Agbim!
16:35 36th min - Salami now with a wonderful chance to draw level, he powers a shot but can't hit the target. Lajour wins a free-kick in a dangerous position for Morocco. He went down easily though, soft challenge.
16:34 35th min - Super Eagles look to hit-back immediately via Ede, but his shot flies over the crossbar.
16:32 33rd min - GOAL!!!!! 1-0 to Morocco! Mohsine Moutaouali opens the scoring with a wonderful chip, to leave Agbim on the floor!
16:28 29th min - Morocco's Lajour almost answers my call, but his shot goes to the right of Agbim's left-hand post.
16:24 25th min - The play has still been patchy, this game now needs a goal!
16:20 21st min - Nigeria are pressing high up the pitch, with the front three on the heels of the Moroccan defenders.
16:18 19th min - Keshi is now up from his seat, trolling the touchline like an angry pitbull. Good high cross from the right is tipped away 'keeper Nadir Lamyaghri.
16:14 15th min - Obanor clears off th line after Morocco were put through.
16:11 12th min - Neither team has taken the match by the scruff of the neck as of yet, play has been staggered.
16:10 11th min - Corner to Morocco. Way over hit.
16:08 9th min - The Super Eagles have made a solid start, probing down both flanks and challenging at set-plays. Six players from Raja Casablanca are in the North African starting xi.
16:07 8th min - Nigeria win a free-kick down the left flank. Erraki concedes another corner, this time unable to clear it before it went over the line. Uzochukwu rises well , but can't place the header on target.
16:05 6th min - Both coaches have billed this game, as the "final"before the final. Good cross from the right, cleared by Erraki for a Nigerian corner.
16:02 3rd min - Nigeria are in all-white strip and Morocco in their traditional crimson tops and green shorts.
16:01 1st min - And we're off, Morocco have an opportunity right off the bat. But Agbim saves well at his near post. What a start to the match.
0 - National anthems have been sung and the players are shaking hands. Sunny skies in Cape
Nigeria and Morocco have a long history against one another, that stretches back to 1969. But the teams last match against each other was back in 2014.
- Nigeria last beat Morocco in 2000, in front of a 60 000 fans in Lagos. Finidi George and Julius Aghahowa were troubled the scorers that day in the African Nations Cup.
- The most recent match was in 2004, when a solitary goal from Youssef Hadji earned the North Africans a win once again in the African Nations Cup at Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet.
- Once must be mindful, that all these fixtures were with players from clubs abroad, however tomorrow's clash will be
Eagles:1 Chigozie Agbim, 2 Solomon Kwambe, 4 Ugonna Uzochukwu, 5 Kunle
Odunlami, 6 Azubuike Egwuekwe, 7 Ejike Uzoenyi, 8 Rabiu Ali, 9 Gbolahan
Salami, 18 Bright Esieme, 19 Abdulahi Shehu, 20 Ifeanyi Ede.
10 Christian Pyagbara, 11 Barnabas Imenger, 12 Aliyu Abubakar, 14
Ikechukwu Gabriel, 15 Zango Umar, 16 Daniel Akpeyi, 17 Chinonso Obiozor,
21 Dele Alampasu, 22 Joshua Obaje, 23 Erhun Obanor.
Morocco: 1 Nadir Lamyaghri 3Zakaria El Hachimi 20 Zaid Krouch 16 Mohamed Oulhaj 6 Mohamed Abarhoun 17 Issam Erraki 8 Said Fettah 7 Brahim El Bahri 13 Abdessamad Rafik 10 Mohsine Moutaouali 19 Abdelkabir El Ouadi
- The Super Eagles made a troubling start to their Chan campaign, losing by 1-0 to Mali. It was a shock to the teams morale, having won the African Cup of Nations in South Africa a year earlier. Nevertheless, criticism flew in from all angles and Keshi and his team went back to the drawing board.
- Their second group match was against the groups weakest side, Mozambique. But this didn't stop the eastern coast country from scoring the opening goal, however Nigeria fought back and in a topsy-turvy match emerged victorious by a scoreline of 4-2.
- Gbolahan Salami is hoping to do enough at the African Nations Championship to win a place in Stephen Keshi's 2014 World Cup squad. Salami dreams 2014 World Cup
- Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was almost reduced to tears on Thursday
afternoon by the outpouring of birthday wishes from Nigerians across the
world. Birthday wishes pour in for Keshi