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As it happened: Nigeria vs Ethiopia

15 November 2013, 15:27


82nd min - The substitute punishes Ethiopia by delivering a hammer-blow. He powered in a free-kick, that had enough dip and swerve on it to evade Tasew.
82nd min - GOAL!!!!!!!!! NSOFOR
80th min -
Eminike goes down, looks bad. He has stayed down after being close-lined by a Ethiopian defender.
78th min -
Goal-scorer Victor Moses is replaced by Nsofor.
77th min -
The pace has slowed down, perhaps the searing heat is having its effect.
70th min -
Musa looks to be in at the far post after the ball gets lofted in, but Tasew flings himself into the air and snatches the ball.
69th min-
Moses gets close to Tasew's goals but the angles becomes too acute to play the ball square.
68th min -
Said goes down in the box, but the referee has given the big striker a yellow card for simulation.
65th min -
25 minutes to go in Calabar.
64th min - Free-kick for Ethiopia on the edge of Enyeama's box. Blasted into the wall.
62 min -
A mexican wave is going around the stadium in Calabar.
60th min -
Assefa comes on for Ethiopia.
58th min -
Ethiopia once again on the attack.
56 min -
Sunday Mba replaces Ideye.
55 min -
Ethiopia have had a flurry of chances in the past few minutes. Enyeama has thwarted their efforts, but the Antelopes certainly have more ingenuity in the second period.
52 min -
Adane Girma gets a yellow card after hacking down Obi-Mikel.
50 min -
Musa somehow finds Moses on the edge of the box with a delightful cross, but the Liverpool forward can't get a shot away.
47 min -
Obi-Mikel concedes a free-kick, and gives Ethiopia some welcome respite.
46 min -
Musa is up in an attacking position, and forces a corner which he takes.
45 min -
Nigeria get the second half underway. Ethiopia need two goals to qualify for their first ever World Cup finals, while Nigeria are firmly in the driving seat.
45 min -
The teams are back out for the second period.


45 min - 2 mins of added time indicated. Free-kick to Ethiopia, punched away by Enyeama.
43 min -
Another flurry of chances for Nigeria. Unazi unleashed a cannon on Tasew , who parried the ball away.
41 min -
Nigeria have never lost in Calabar, it's somewhat of a fortress for them.
39 min-
Ethiopia look slightly despondent towards the end of the half, they haven't created any meaningful chances so far, Said Saladin have been their most active player. But they cannot rely soley on the front-man.
32 min -
Oduamadi has an amazing chance at the back post, but he can't find the target from 3 yards out. He might rue that chance later.

30 min-
Victor Moses almost scores his second goal of the match, he fires a powerful shot at Tasew, who can't hold onto the ball. Moses looks to be in good form and very dangerous.
29 min-
Free-kick for Ethiopia, floated in, but Enyeama collects easily.
26 min-
Ethiopia receive another corner, cleared at the front post by Nigeria though. The Super Eagles are playing very tightly in midfield.
23 min-
Nigeria can now relax , they have a 2-goal cushion over the Antelopes now. It's just what Stephen Keshi would have wanted. Ethiopia need to chase the game.
20 min -GOAL!!!!!!!  NIGERIA 1-0 ETHIOPIA
20 min-
Victor Moses scores from the penalty spot!
18 min-
Nigeria are handed a penalty after Butako was judged to have handled the ball in the box.
17 min-
Musa goes down after a challenge, he seems to have had his wind knocked out, after ball struck his stomach. He's up and running now.
13 min-
Said has the Antelopes first opportunity of the match, he bundles past a few defenders and manages to shoot at Enyeama's goal, but the ball slides past the post. The Ethiopians won't sit back.
10 min-
What an awesome atmosphere here in sunny Calabar, the trumpets are in full-force and the crowd is enjoying the football.
6 min-
Eminike with a chance , but he couldn't get a proper shot in on goal. Nigeria are controlling the ball well, putting the Antelopes defence under enormous pressure. 
5 min-
The match has started with a quick pace, Ethiopia look dangerous on the counter and they have the first corner of the match.
2 min-
Ambrose has the first shot at goal for Nigeria, he cannons the ball over the posts after collecting the ball just outside the Ethiopian goal.
Keshi has set his team up with a 4-3-3 formation, Liverpool's Victor Moses on the left in the front trio.
The teams have lined up for the national anthems: first is Ethiopia. Now it's time for the the Nigeria anthem.

Welcome to News24 Nigeria's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on the decisive second-leg of the 2014 World Cup play-off between the Super Eagles and the Walya Antelopes from Calabar.

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Walya Antelopes


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Team news

The Ethiopians have 21-year-old Bidvest Wits striker, Getaneh Kebede back for the Calabar leg of this playoff after he missed the game in Addis Ababa owing to a knee injury

Your predictions

Here are some comments from our readers.


Starting line-ups:

Super Eagles:
(1) Vincent Enyeama (5) Efe Ambrose (3) Elderson Echejile (4) Ogenyi Onazi (6) Azubuike Egwueke (2) Godfrey Oboabona  (23) Ahmed Musa  (8) Nnamdi Oduamadi (9) Emmanuel Emenike (10) John Obi Mikel

Walya Antelopes:  (22) Bushura Jemal Tasew (17) Seyoum Tesfaye (2) Degu Debebe (4) Haile Aynalem (5) Abebaw Butako (8) Asrat Megersa Gubena (14) Manyahel Teshome (18) Shemeles Bekele  (7) Said Saladin (20) Behailu Assefa (11) Adane Girma   

Recent games

The Super Eagles travelled to Addis Ababa last month to face the Antelopes, they came away with a 2-1 victory but it was not an easy feat. The two "away" goals mean Nigeria only need to draw the second-leg to progress to their 5th World Cup appearance.

Emmanuel Emenike was the hero in the first -leg, after he scored two goals , one from the penalty spot in the dying minutes to give the Super Eagles a huge advantage, Ethiopia's Behailu Assefa had given the home team the lead.

Ethiopia played well in front of their home fans, and their style of play has been likened to that of Spain's Barcelona. The Antelopes played with a five-man midfield , dominating the Super Eagles in that area of the pitch who only had two players vying for possession in the centre of the park.

The Super Eagles must be commended on their victory, as the crowd was effectively a "12th man" for the Antelopes, and the Nigerian public are expecting nothing less than a victory in Calabar. One thing is for sure, Ethopia have nothing to lose, and they will be going all -out in the match.


- Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel says he prefers to pay full attention on the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia than making comments in the media.  Mikel explains ‘silent mode’

- The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is confident the Super Eagles will defeat Walya Antelopes to book a ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. NFF confident of Eagles' victory

- Nigerians are beginning to react to the ticket price hike for the 2014 FIFA World Cup playoff between the Super Eagles and Walya Antelopes.  Mixed reactions trail Eagles ticket price

- Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has commended the UJ Esuene Stadium pitch in Calabar as one of the best available in Nigeria. Keshi commends Calabar pitch


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