Minute by minute: Nigeria vs Cote d’ Ivoire

1- Cote d’ Ivoire kicks off. CIV lose initiative to Nigeria early on. The Flying Eagles win a freekick and in possession now
2- A shot from the edge of the box by CIV goes wide.
3- Freekick to Nigeria, Musa Mohammed held back there
4- GOAL! Cote d’ Ivoire scores the first goal of the game. Their number 9, striker Niangbo latches on a cross to shoot low to the far side
7- CIV medics attend to injured Keita in jersey number 13.
8- Freekick to Nigeria; Awoniyi almosrt gets to the end of that effort but keeper Diabagate in goal for the Ivorians saves the day for his team
10- Obinna Nwobodo receives a head treatment. A corner for Nigeria. Musa’s effort fails to yield a positive result.
12- A long pass to Awoniyi is cut out by the Ivorian defence
13- Freekick to Cote d’ Ivoire. Winger Meite has some concern. The Ivorians almost scored but a Nigerian defender is injured in a goal-mouth melee
16- Christian Pyagbara harries the Ivorian defence but the ball soon gets to the Eagles half
18- Diabagate saves from a dangerous Nigerian counter attack
20- CIV’s Yakou Meite would have made it two for his team to join T. Anderson but the ball is taken off his feet for a corner.
22- Obinna Nwobodo breaks up a CIV play and wins a throw-in for Nigeria but the Ivorians tremporarily win back the ball
24- The game is temporarily halted as Keita (number 13) for Cote d’ Ivoire is attended to.
26- GOAL! Nigeria’s Christian Pyagbara runs into the space on the left side of the pitch from a beautifully weighted pass from Obinna Nwobodo and hits a low left footed shot beyond the reach of the keeper
30- Pyagbara’s shot pass to Awoniyi is intercepted.
31- The Nigerian defenders are playing the ball around their area which hands the Ivorians possession
32- GOAL! Cote d’ Ivoire score their second goal of the game. Striker Bedia (number 15) pokes home a cross which the Nigeria defence fail to clear. Nigeria 1-2 Cote d’ Ivoire
34- Freekick to Nigeriua
36- CIV defender Ibrahima Diaby (3) booked for a foul on Musa Mohammed. His freekick is punched away leading to a counter but Ojo, in Nigerian goal saves from a tame shot by Yakou Meite.
39- Akinjide Idowu makes a faulty pass, handing the Ivorians a freekick.
42- Nigeria clear their lines from the menacing Ivorian attackers but goal kick to CIV.
44- Injury for Niangbo (number 9) of Cote d’ Ivoire. He is stretched off.
45- The second official has indicated three added minutes at the end of first half.
45+3- The Ivorians are exploiting the left side of Nigerian defence marshalled by Mustapha but the ref has just ended the first half.

HT: Nigeria 1-2 Cote d’ Ivoire

45- Nigeria kick off the 2nd half. Freekick to Nigeria but Musa Mohammed gives away the ball for a CIV goal-kick.
46- Freekick to Nigeria but Ifeanyi Ifeanyi’s poor header nullifies any threat by the Flying Eagles.
47- Corner to Nigeria but CIV clear the danger
49- The Nigerian crowd in the city of M’bour have been quiet as Manu Garba’s team seek an equaliser.
50- Offside against Nigeria. The Eagles are in their sixies as CIV threaten from the right side of defence.
53- Olorunleke Ojo tips over the bar a deceptive cross by an Ivorian forward. The corner is dealt with but the ref flags Nigerian players offside from the ensuing move
57- A good defensive work by Saheed for Nigeria to snuff out a threat by an Ivorian forward.
Ojo also gathers a tame shot from the right side of the Nigerian defence.
61- Left back Mustapha was quickest to the ball to intercept a cross meant for Yakou Meite.
62- Loua Da ‘Vila is yellow-carded for a foul on Mustapha.
65- Pyagbara is fouled. Freekick to Nigeria. A poor kick by skipper Mohammed.
66- Left back Mustapha is brought down in the box, winning Nigeria a penalty. Goal for Nigeria as Musa Mohammed scores from the spot. Nigeria 2-2 Cote d’ Ivoire
69- Bernard Bulbwa replaces ineffective Usman Sale after the 67th minute goal.
71- Ismael plays a long range shot which does not trouble Ojo in the Nigerian goal.
74- Meite’s cross-shot is headed out by Zaharadeen Bello.
75- Awoniyi misses a gilt-edge chance to head home the third Nigerian goal. Missed chance goes
76- Ndour Ngor replaces Keita.
78- Awoniyi jumps high but could not connect with Mohammed’s cross
80- Obinna Nwobodo is almost on clear as he bears down the Ivorian vital area but the ball is cleared out of danger.
81- Taiwo Awoniyi is brutally stepped on the arm by a desperate Ivorian player. Freekick
84- Awoniyi tries to be too cute with his backheel and loses the ball naively.
85- Alhassan wins a freekick for Nigeria. Baba Troaure replaces Meite for CIV almost immediately.
86- Nigeria almost concede a third goal. Ojo rushes off his line but striker Bedia’s cheeky lob goes off target. Good work by Saheed to force him to the far side
90+ 1- Offside against Awoniyi. Three minutes has been added after regulation time.
90+3- The game ends 2-2 but Taiwo Awoniyi is down writhing in pain.

Nigeria ends the group stage with 7 points.

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  1. Reply Post By Oche Michael

    Ivorian dominated d boy frm live script. Manu need to work seriously on the team before world cup. Good game good match

  2. Reply Post By jetty

    God bless Nigeria

  3. good job from manu boys, but they should step up.

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