This is the live blog of the Senegal vs Nigeria match in one of the semi-finals of the 2015 CAF U-23 Cup of Nations.
The winner in this game will play in the final of the U-23 AFCON on Saturday and assured of a place in the football event of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nigeria U-23 Eagles Line-Up vs Senegal
Daniel Emmanuel; Seth Sincere, Ndifreke Effiong, Chizoba Amaefule, Segun Oduduwa; Usman Mohammed, Godspower Aniefok, Tombra Tiongoli; Oghenekaro Etebo, Kufre Ebong, Junior Ajayi
FT: Senegal 0- 1 Nigeria.
Possession: Senegal 45- 55 Nigeria.
90" Goalie Daniel plays a wrong pass but the ball is recovered by Ajayi. Fulltime blown by the referee.
86- Usman Mohammed fouled by El Hadji Pape Diaw.
Kufre Ebong out, Bature in (Nigeria substitution).
83- Freekick to Nigeria. Tiongoli wins it and taken by Seth Sincere. Osimhen's header hits the ground and onto the hands of the Senegalese keeper. Seth Sincere is writhing in pains but is yellow-carded.
80- Segun Oduduwa clears the ball. A dip ball meets Cheikou Dieng but the ball is cleared by the Nigerian defence.
79- Senegal's substitution: Siddy Sarr in, Ibrahim Keita out.
78- Victor Osimhen flagged offside.
76- GOAL Etebo steps up and smashes the ball fiercely, sending Pape Ndiaye the wrong way. 1-0 for Nigeria.
74- The Nigerian fans are in joyous mood as Senegal's medics attend to an injured player.
70- Victor Osimhen shows why he is the golden boy of Nigerian football with a deft, clever move but the ref denies Nigeria a corner from that effort.
A penalty to Nigeria now. Red card to Ousseynou Thoiune for ball handling.
66- Nigeria's Ndifreke Ubong pushes his opponent. A chance by Senegal cleared by the Eagles. An offside by the hosts afterwards.
65- Cheikhou Dieng's corner saved by Daniel. Ajayi dispossessed of the ball.
64- Seth Sincere suffers a hamstring problem and is attended to by the Nigerian medics.
Nestor Mendy in, Modou Diagne out (Senegal substitution)
62- Corner by Senegal. The hosts create pandemonium in the Eagles' 18-yard box but thankfully the ball is cleared.
Sunstitution: Godspower Aniefok out, Victor Osimhen in for Nigeria.
60- Boubakar Cissoko lets fly a rasping shot but Daniel smothers the ball.
58- Emmanuel Daniel produces an instinctive reflex save with his feet as Ismaila Sarr bore down at the Nigerian goal.
Moussa Wague fouled. But Daniel plucks the ball in the air from a Senegalese attack.
Samba Ndiaye bring down Nigeria'a Ajayi. Freekick. Taken by Oduduwa.
55- Dream Team VI string good passes which come to nought. Godspower Aniefok embarks on a run down the right flank but he falls over his shoe laces.
53- Godspower Aniefok fouled by El Hadji Pape Diaw.
52- Usman Mohammed fouls Samba Ndiaye. Daniel saves in the Nigerian box.
50- Junior Ajayi fouled. Freekick to Nigeria. The ball cleared in the Senegalese's box.
48- Chizoba Amaefule clears the ball for a Senegalese throw. The Eagles then gets a freekick. Aniefok fouled.
47- Junior Ajayi's shot is feeble. Senegalese keeper Pape Ndiaye saves easily. A throw-in for Senegal.
45- Senegal get the second half underway. The hosts concede a freekick. Ajayi down from the power of a shot.
45+2- HT: The first half ends. The Eagles are in a huddle, Senegal players walk off the field distraught after the penalty miss.
45+1- Penalty for Senegal. Controversial decision. There was no contact. Ibrahim Keita steps up, Daniel saves. Senegal 0-0 Nigeria.
44- Moroccan referee Jiyed, waves play on after Ibrahim Keita goes to the ground easily. Cissoko on the ground injured but back on his feet again.
42- Kufre Ebong denied by El Hadji Pape Diaw after a Junior Ajayi cut-back.
40- Boubacar Cissoko loses the ball. Nigeria attack through the right wing, regain the ball after momentarily losing it.
38- Senegal's Modou Diagne is down on the ground and requires medical attention. He is taken out. Goal-kick to Senegal. Modou is back om the field.
37- Aniefok's pass cleared by Moussa Wague for corner but ball is cleared.
36- Daniel saves but the cross by Moussa Wague's initial cross seemed to have crossed the byline.
33- Segun Oduduwa fouls Ismaila Sarr. FK to the hosts. The ball is blocked from Samba Ndiaye's effort.
Modou Digne clears for a corner but it is a goal-kick to Senegal now.
30- Cheikhou Dieng fients a shot but it is cleared for a corner.
28- A lofted pass by Godspower Aniefok too much for his attacking team-mates. Senegal on the break now, Dieng leading the move.
27- Corner to Nigeria. Poor kick by Sincere. The effort is wasted. The Eagles build again from the rear.
Ball Possession: Senegal 44-56 Nigeria in the first 25 minutes.
24- Freekick to Nigeria after Senegal's corner. Etebo tries to steer an Eagles attackin move. The Dream Team VI get a throw-in.
20- Tiongoli overdoes his show-boating, loses the ball. Senegalese however waste the chance gifted them. The hosts however get a freekick.
18- Seth Sincere brings down Ismaila Sarr for a freekick. The header from that kick off target.
15- Freekick to Senegal. Ibrahim Keita brought down by Segun Oduduwa. Samba Ndiaye's FK pushed out for a corner by Emmanuel. The ball cleared, not completely but Daniel saves again after a collision with Nodou Diagne.
10- Ismaila Sarr leaves Segun Oduduwa for dead with his searing pace but his final shot was weak. Saved by Nigeria's Daniel.
9- Godspower Aniefok is down receiving treatment from the medics. He is up again. The game restarts.
7- Throw-in for Nigeria. Tiongoli is however deemed to have committed a foul. Seth Sincere clears. Throw-in for the hosts but the ball rolls out now for a goal-kick.
5- Senegalese Cheikou Dieng flagged offside. Meanwhile a freekick to Senegal as right back Ousseynou Thioune fouled by Etebo.
3- Kufre Ebong's shot deflected and bobbles to the path of Senegalese keeper. Senegal clear the ball from their area.
2- Senegalese striker Ibrahim Keita flagged offside. A FK to Nigeria. Etebo's well-struck freekick saved by Pape Ndiaye.
The two countries' anthems are rendered. Then the parade of handshakes. The teams pose for the press and form huddles with their final pep talks.
First throw-in to Senegal. The hosts' attack stopped.
1- Kick off of the game by Nigeria.
Nigeria ecstatic as they reach the U-23 AFCON final and confirm their place in the football tournament of the 2016 Olympics.
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