Nigeria U-23 Line-Up vs Mali
Daniel; Ndifreke, Seth, Zaharadeen, Oduduwa; Usman, Azubuike (c), Dimgba, Etebo; Ajayi, Awoniyi
Referee : Hamada El Moussa Nampiandraza
1st assistant : Mark Ssonko
2nd assistant : Eldrick Adelaide
Stadium: Mbour – Caroline Faye, Mbour
90+4- FT: Nigeria win 3-2 against a very strong Malian side.
Nigeria's shot blocked.
90+3- Free-kick to Mali. TP Mazembe's Adama Traoure lays the ball for Niane but his fierce shot was too high to trouble Daniel in Nigerian goal.
90 (+2)- Godspower's elbow takes down a dazed Coulibally who is receiving medical attention
90- Four minutes has been added
89- Goal-kick to Nigeria. The Malians' show-boating give away the ball.
87- Mali captain Diarra has the ball hit his face. A throw-in for Nigeria but the ball is cleared.
Nigerian player flagged offside
85- Throw-in to Mali. They wanted a penalty claiming Oduduwa touched the ball in the box.
86- Nigeria throw-in
84- Mali free-kick is cleared but the first timers in this tournament win a corner. The ball is cleared for another corner. Cleared.
A powerful shot from a Nigerian player but ball goes out.
82- A through ball by Mali but Nigeria keeper Daniel clears for corner. The Malians are dominant.
Moussa Bagayoko in, Souleymane out (Mali substitution). Mali meanwhile miss a chance to score from a corner.
79- A shot from distance by Niane out wide, the Nigerian defenders tracking back instead of marking the Mali dangerman.
Godspower in, Awoniyi out (Nigeria substitution). Mali too about to make their own change.
75- Zaharadeen Bello goes off for Chizoba Amaefule (Nigeria substitution)
73- Nigerian free-kick. A cross into the Malian defence is cleared. Mali go close to levelling. Daniel saves a shot but the follow-up shot goes agonisingly wide.
72- The Malians' possession foiled but the Malian keeper clears the ball before Awoniyi could reach it
69- Adama Traoure drills his shot to the side net from an acute angle. Nigeria's Udoh attended to by the medics now.
68- Malian forward and number 17, Yves, slips in the Nigerian box.
65- GOAL! Souleymane Sissoko scores Mali's second goal, beating two Nigerian defenders. Mali 2-3 Nigeria
63- Nigeria's Udoh lucky not to concede a corner
59- The ball deflects kindly back to Daniel in Nigerian goal after a brief Mali threat. Nigerian captain, Okechukwu Azubuike, is on the ground.
58- Okechukwu Azubuike releases Taiwo Awoniyi but he delays his shot. Etebo was well placed though.
55- Taiwo Awoniyi runs with the ball but drags it too far. Mali effect a substitution
54- Mali awarded a free-kick. Oghenekaro Etebo bringing down Niane. The striker steps up and strikes a fine penalty. 3-1
52- Free-kick for Senegal. Niane's shot goes wide.
50- Zaharadeen Bello clears the ball for Nigeria. The Malians get a corner in a split second.
49- Mali's Aboubakar flagged offside. The Malians get a free-kick. They lose possession to Nigeria who throw it away
47- Adama Traoure conceded the ball to his Nigerian marker but the ball is given away.
46- Nigeria get a free-kick. Seth Sincere fouled.
45- Kick off in the second half. Mali get things underway.
HT: Mali 0-3 Nigeria
45+2- Mali get a free-kick. It is direct but the half time whistle sounds.
45- Junior Ajayi grabs his second and Nigeria's third! Okechukwu Azubuike struck the shot and Ajayi scores from the rebound. 3-0.
43- Mali counter and cross from the right wing but no player to pounce on the ball in flight
42- Seth Sincere requires a stretcher. Worrying sight for Samson Siasia. He seems okay now though
40- Diarra controls brilliantly but loses the ball to Daniel, Nigeria's keeper
39-The crowd in th stadium are mostly Malians. Nigeria's Taiwo Awoniyi run into a space, ready to strike but stopped.
37- Oghenekaro Etebo at the end of Sincere's cross but is unlucky not to score.
The other Group B game between Egypt and Algeria ended 1-1. Nigeria need a win.
And the second goal comes. Usman Mohammed scores from a Seth Sincere cross. 2-0.
31- The free-kick is blocked. Mali get a corner. The Nigerian keeper misjudge the flight of the ball but ball is cleared.
30- Segun Oduduwa and Mali's Niane are down after a collision. Free-kick to Mali.
Abduollaye Diarra is about to be introduced for injured Diadie Samassekou
25- Mali regain possession after few seconds of Nigeria's attacking threat. Meanwhile Mali could make a change now.
Nigeria's Oluwafemi is yellow-carded. Mali's Niane claims a corner but it is a goal-kick
22- Mali's throw-in. Traoure's cross is deep but not threatening.
19- Mali's Traoure heads the ball wide from a corner. Mali's number 8; Samassekou, who needed medical help is still down
17- A Malian player requires medical attention.
16- GOAL! Junior Ajayi scores with a brilliant backheel from a cross on the left side. Nigeria 1-0 Mali.
15- Nigeria get a throw. But Mali once again threaten
14- Junior Ajayi's snap shot goes wide!
12- Mali's throw-in. Nigerian defence clear the ball but Mali in possession now.
10- Eagles keeper Daniel gathers the ball. The Nigerians in possession and get another free-kick
9- Free-kick to Nigeria.
7- Nigeria's corner saved by Mali
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