Nigeria vs. Ethiopia: African Cup of Nations Live Score, Highlights, Recap
African Cup of Nations: Group C
Full-time: Nigeria 2 Ethiopia 0
Goals: Moses 80 (pen), 90 (pen)
Ethiopia: 01 Bancha, 02 Debebe, 04 Butaco, 06 Girma, 12 Elias, 15 Estifanos (Teshome - 46' ), 16 Saleh (Bogale - 68' ), 21 Hintsa, 07 Said, 09 Kebede, 11 Oukri (Ibrahim - 46' )
Nigeria: 01 Enyeama, 03 Echiejile, 05 Ambrose, 14 Obobona, 22 Omeruo, 10 Mikel (Yobo - 90' ), 13 Ogude, 09 Emenike (Brown - 75' ), 11 Moses, 15 Uche (Musa - 65' ), 19 Mbah
Referee: Bouchaib El Ahrach
Victor Moses scored two late penalties to book Nigeria’s place in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria struggled to create chances in a game they needed to win but the Chelsea winger was twice tripped in the box and coolly converted both the penalties he won.
Ethiopia’s keeper, Sisay Bancha, was sent off for the second penalty and as all three substitutions had been made, midfielder Addis Hintsa went in goal for the 90th minute penalty and for the seven minutes of injury time.
After a dull opening hour the game became stretched when both teams pushed for a victory and Moses used his pace to full effect as he took advantage of the extra space afforded him.
The result meant that Nigeria qualified along with Burkina Faso from Group C, and current holders Zambia have been eliminated.
Moses showed in the closing stages of this match that he has the ability to be the exciting attacking player that Nigerians have been searching for since the Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu era.
It took courage and a lot of mental strength to take the two penalties, knowing the hopes of a nation were on his shoulders.
Moses, who has dual nationality and could have played for England, will need to be at his best if Nigeria are to overcome Ivory Coast. As a team they didn't show enough maturity to suggest they can beat a team as strong, organized, and experienced as Ivory Coast.
Ethiopia can be proud of their performance today. Even when they were down to 10 men and the game seemed lost they attacked and had two great chances near the end.
Thanks for staying with us today. Bye.
Nigeria are through to the next round and will in all likelihood face Ivory Coast. Zambia, the defending champions, have failed to qualify to the knock-out stage.
90+7 Game over. Full-time whistle has blown. Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia
90+4 Said has a great chance but blasts his shot over the bar.
Addis Hinsta is playing in goal for Ethiopia. He did well with the penalty, dived the right way and nearly stopped it.
Both teams just want this game to end now.
90+1 Yobo has come on to make his 90th appearance for Nigeria.
It looked like the keeper would get a hand to it but it just snuck in. 7 minutes of added time to play.
90' Moses scores a second. 2-0 to the Super Eagles.
88' Still waiting for the penalty to be taken. Moses will take it.
Nigeria broke quickly and Moses was through on goal. He rounded the keeper and was brought down. Easy decision for the referee. Moses had won this game for Nigeria.
Ethiopia have made all three substitutions. They cannot bring on a goalkeeper.
85' Second penalty to Nigeria. Keeper sent off.
Score should be 1-1. The keeper has kept Nigeria in this tournament.
81' Said with a powerful header. Unbelievable safe by Nigerian captain Enyeama.
Moses waited for the keeper to dive and then coolly placed it to the keepers left.
79' Moses SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moses runs into the box and is upended. Moses will take the penalty.
78' Penalty for Nigeria
75' Moses has won a free-kick after one of his trademark runs. His ball in from the free-kick is poor and goes straight out of play. Moses will become a wonderful player one day but his delivery has not been good enough today. Someone else should take over set-piece responsibilities for the remained of the game.
The Ethiopian team have had to undergo altitude training for this competition. Addis Ababa is the highest city in Africa. Nothing is happening in game.
Musa has been very good since coming on.
65' Obobona heads the ball toward goal but it is cleared of the line. Mbah then strikes a thundering shot that goes straight to the keeper. Nigeria are improving.
64' A great run by Moses draws in the Ethiopian defense. Moses pushes it wide to free a teammate but he attempts a return pass and it is cut out.
62' Mbah is given a yellow card. 63' Ogude is also carded. Nigeria will not get through on their disciplinary record. The need a win now.
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