Nigeria vs Ethiopia, final Group C match – Live Commentaries

Super Eagles of Nigeria
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Historian say one would have to travel 25 years back to find the last time the Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualify from group stage matches.
Today, with just two points from two matches, the Nigerian side will try to keep their record by beating depleted Ethiopian side or be sent home and make history.
Ethiopia is coming into the game with one point from two matches. The Ethiopian side are the least favored to qualify from this match after they withdrew two key players in the first half of last match against Burkina Faso for injury sake. Ethiopia lost that match by 4-0.
In the second final match of the group, Burkina Faso, group leaders with 4 points, will battle defending Champions, Zambia, to clinch a place in the quarterfinals.
Zambia, like Nigeria, has two points from two matches.
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15.33

Super Eagles Starting XI vs Ethiopia: Enyeama, Echiejile, Ambrose, Oboabona, Omeruo, Mikel Obi, Fegor Ogude, Sunday Mba, Moses, Emenike, IK Uche

17.44

Predictions: Mohammed Liman 2-1 in favour of Nigeria

17.45

Predictions: Amadi Justice Nigeria 3-1 Ethiopia

17.45

Predictions: Asonbugu Emmanuel Nigeria 3-1 Ethiopia

17.46

Predictions: Samuel Olakanla Nigeria 4-1 Ethiopia

17.47

Predictions: Zayyanu Abubakar Nigeria 0-0 Ethiopia

17.47

Predictions: Shuaibu CJ Nigeria 2-o Ethiopia

17.48

Predictions: Oladipupo Craig Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia

17.49

Predictions: Blessing Najite Nigeria 3-2 Ethiopia

17.50

Predictions: Shina Adewoye Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia

17.51

FULL TIME SCORES: Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia, Zambia 0-0 Burkina Faso

17.52

Predictions: Bode Kumapayi: Nigeria 2-1 Ethiopia

17.56

Players lineup on the pitch, taking national anthems. Match about to start.

17.57

Nigeria will be playing three attackers up front.

17.59

Centre referee is Abouchaib from Morocco

18.00

Match begins

18.02

Mikel fouled, Nigeria gets first free kick of the match.

18.03

The free kick taken, a header from Efe Ambrose misses inches away from the bar.

18.04

Nigeria gets another free kick in front of Ethiopia's 18 yard box. Free kick taken, deflected into the goalkeeper's waiting arms.

18.07

Nigeria playing on a smoother pitch today and have had better control of the game so far. 6' Nigeria 0-0 Ethiopia.

18.13

Nigeria playing in their mythical white lucky jersey. Ethiopia playing in green top and yellow pants.

18.16

Ethiopia with a free kick. Kick taken, deflected into a corner kick but a free header by Ethiopian striker goes wide, off the post.

18.19

Both teams playing at par so far, showing improved skills.

18.24

Ethiopia rising into the match after sucking up early pressure from the Nigerian side. Finishing for the Ethiopian side has been poor, however.

18.27

25' Nigeria 0-0 Ethiopia. In the other game, Burkina Faso 0-0 Zambia. If the shoreline remains this way, Nigeria will have a hard time qualifying to the next round.

18.28

28' Standing Burkina Faso 7 points Zambia 2 points Nigeria 2 points Ethiopia 1 point

18.31

Ethiopia increasingly probing the Nigerian goal post but unable to convert chances created so far. Ethiopia playing long hauls and counter attacks.

18.35

Echiejile heads a corner kick into the Ethiopian goalkeeper's waiting hands to maintain the scoreline goalless.

18.36

Nigeria so far lacks creativity in the midfield. Mikel yet to take classic passes displayed in first match agains Burkina Faso.

18.41

Nigeria struggling to suck up the pressure from the Ethiopian side. Ethiopia on the offensive in the last five minutes.

18.42

Ethiopian captain, Debebe given the first yellow card of the match after a foul on Mikel.

18.43

Nigeria with a chance at the edge of the 18 yard box.

18.44

Free kick opportunity wasted, headed out by Ethiopian Defence line. Emenike fouled again at Ethiopia's 18 yard box edge. Another scoring opportunity for Nigeria.

18.46

Omerou misses an opportunity to put Nigeria ahead. 2' added on to the first half.

18.48

First half end. All group C matches goalless at the moment. If the goal line remains like this at the end of the second half, Burkina Faso and Zambia will qualify ahead of Nigeria and Ethiopia.

19.02

Second half starts. Players muttering silent prayers individually and hoping to come out of the match with a ticket into the quarterfinals.

19.08

Ethiopians sustains pressure on the Nigerian side as Nigeria's defense battle to hold the goal line down.

19.11

Nigeria had two corner kicks headed into goal kick by Omeruo.

19.12

Ethiopia gets a free kick in a dangerous spot, just outside the 18 yard box.

19.12

Free kick deflected into corner kick.

19.15

57' Nigeria 0-0 Ethiopia Burkina Faso 0-0 Zambia

19.19

Nigeria with a free kick near the corner kick area. Chances created but wasted. Sunday MBA gets a yellow card, further worsening Nigeria's chances of qualifying on a ahead to head with Zambia.

19.20

Fegor Ogude gets another yellow card. Nigeria now must win the match to proceed to the next round.

19.22

Nigeria change, Ahmed Musa in, Ike Uche off.

19.23

Nigeria with two successive close attempts, first a header nodded out of the post by an Ethiopian defender and a powerful shot by MBA stopped by the goalkeeper.

19.24

Ethiopia sub, Bogale replaces Saleh

19.25

Nigeria mounting the pressure. The last five minutes have been spent in the Ethiopian half.

19.28

Ball possession: Nigeria 60-40 Ethiopia

19.32

Nigeria sub, Ideye in, Emenike out. 15 minutes to play. Nigeria's chances growing slimmer.

19.33

Since rising into the game in this second half, Nigeria has had 18 shots on goal. Ethiopia had 9.

19.35

Nigeria gets a penalty. A chance to qualify.

19.35

Victor Moses to take the penalty.

19.36

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! Nigeria scores for Nigeria.

19.37

A well taken penalty saw the Ethiopian goalkeeper diving to his right while the net caught the ball to left.

19.38

Enyeama saves an Ethiopian equalizer. A close shave!

19.39

Sisay, Ethiopian goalkeeper gets a yellow card for rude remarks on the referee.

19.41

Nigeria misses a chance to go two goals up. Mikel is booked.

19.42

Another penalty for Nigeria. Sissy, Ethiopian goalkeeper gets a second yellow card and is out on a red card.

19.43

Ethiopia has finished it's substitution. As the goalkeeper leaves, a player will take charge of the post.

19.45

Ethiopia prepares a jersey for its player it's converting to goalkeeper.

19.46

Moses to take the penalty again. GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! He scores, Nigeria leads by 2-0.

19.52

Nigeria playing full defensive as Yobo, defender, replaces Mikel, midfielder. 7' added on to the second half.

19.54

Full Time for the other match, defending champions, Zambia, are out of the tournament after drawing with Burkina Faso.

19.55

Full Time for Nigerian match, Nigeria finised second in the group, to face Ivory Coast in the quarter finals.

20.12

FULL TIME SCORES: Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia, Zambia 0-0 Burkina Faso
  • Esegine bright Godfrey

    Nigeria is wining this match for real, and my prediction is,, Nigeria 3, Ethiopia 1…..