Nigeria vs. Ethiopia Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2013

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 29:  Victor Moses of Nigeria celebrates scoring his second goal during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Ethiopia and Nigeria at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 29, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Nigeria secured their place at next summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil with a 2-0 win over Ethiopia, which gave them a 4-1 aggregate victory.

FT: Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia. (Agg 4-1) Nigeria are going to Brazil for the FIFA world cup in 2014. They are the first African team to qualify.

— Bolarinwa (@iambolar) November 16, 2013

Nigeria led 2-1 from the first leg and looked very much the stronger outfit in the opening stages of the game.

Chances were few and far between, though Victor Moses and Brown Ideye tried their luck from range.

The opening goal came on 19 minutes after Aynalem Hailu handled the ball in the box, with Moses dispatching the penalty calmly into the bottom right corner. That opened up a two-goal lead for Nigeria and seemed to knock the wind out of Ethiopia.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10:  Victor Moses of Nigeria during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina at FNB Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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The home side saw out the half in relative comfort and could have added another goal if not for a couple of good saves from goalkeeper Sisay Bancha.

After the break there was very little action in either goalmouth, as Nigeria maintained possession and control of the game without putting their lead at risk.

The final goal of the game came 10 minutes from the end, with Victor Obinna powering a free kick past Bancha to seal the result both on the night and on aggregate.

The Super Eagles were by far the better side and deserved their win. They will now focus on making an impact in Brazil. 

FT NGR 2-0 ETH: Nigeria qualify for the 2014 World Cup. This will be their 5th appearance, 2nd-most for CAF nations (Cameroon). #Nigeria

— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 16, 2013

Key Player Grades:

Victor Moses: B

The Nigerian attacker was a key part of the home side's game plan to attack the game early on, with his movement and pace causing trouble for the Ethiopian back line. Moses showed great composure to roll home the penalty in the first half, though he had less impact after the break as the tempo dropped considerably.

 

Sisay Bancha: B+

He made some extremely good saves to keep his side in the game despite being easily exposed almost from the first whistle. However, he will be disappointed to have conceded the second goal from a direct free kick that flew in almost directly above his head.

 

Nigeria Player Grades
PositionPlayerGrade
GEnyeamaC+
DEchiejileB
DAmbroseB
DOmeruoC+
DOboabonaB
MMikelB+
MOnaziB+
MMosesB
MIdeyeC+
MMusaC
FEmenikeB
Subs
MMbaC
DEgwuekweC
FObinnaC+
b/r
Ethiopia Player Grades
PositionPlayerGrade
GBanchaB+
DAl GirmaC
DButakoC+
DHailuC
DBargichoC
MAd GirmaD+
MTeshomeD
MMegersaD
MBekeleC+
FSaidC
FKebedeC
Subs
MAssefaC
FHintsaC
MFikaduC
b/r

 

What's Next?

Nigeria are the first African side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and will now look to their remaining friendly fixtures to plan their squad and figure out how they can best mount a challenge in Brazil next summer. Ethiopia must build again for their next tournament appearance.