Historian say one would have to travel 25 years back to find the last time the Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualify from group stage matches.
Today, with just two points from two matches, the Nigerian side will try to keep their record by beating depleted Ethiopian side or be sent home and make history.
Ethiopia is coming into the game with one point from two matches. The Ethiopian side are the least favored to qualify from this match after they withdrew two key players in the first half of last match against Burkina Faso for injury sake. Ethiopia lost that match by 4-0.
In the second final match of the group, Burkina Faso, group leaders with 4 points, will battle defending Champions, Zambia, to clinch a place in the quarterfinals.
Zambia, like Nigeria, has two points from two matches.
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Full Time for Nigerian match, Nigeria finised second in the group, to face Ivory Coast in the quarter finals.
Full Time for the other match, defending champions, Zambia, are out of the tournament after drawing with Burkina Faso.
Nigeria playing full defensive as Yobo, defender, replaces Mikel, midfielder. 7′ added on to the second half.
Ethiopia has finished it’s substitution. As the goalkeeper leaves, a player will take charge of the post.
Another penalty for Nigeria. Sissy, Ethiopian goalkeeper gets a second yellow card and is out on a red card.
A well taken penalty saw the Ethiopian goalkeeper diving to his right while the net caught the ball to left.
Since rising into the game in this second half, Nigeria has had 18 shots on goal. Ethiopia had 9.
Nigeria with two successive close attempts, first a header nodded out of the post by an Ethiopian defender and a powerful shot by MBA stopped by the goalkeeper.
Fegor Ogude gets another yellow card. Nigeria now must win the match to proceed to the next round.
Nigeria with a free kick near the corner kick area. Chances created but wasted. Sunday MBA gets a yellow card, further worsening Nigeria’s chances of qualifying on a ahead to head with Zambia.
Ethiopians sustains pressure on the Nigerian side as Nigeria’s defense battle to hold the goal line down.
Second half starts. Players muttering silent prayers individually and hoping to come out of the match with a ticket into the quarterfinals.
First half end. All group C matches goalless at the moment. If the goal line remains like this at the end of the second half, Burkina Faso and Zambia will qualify ahead of Nigeria and Ethiopia.
Free kick opportunity wasted, headed out by Ethiopian Defence line. Emenike fouled again at Ethiopia’s 18 yard box edge. Another scoring opportunity for Nigeria.
Nigeria struggling to suck up the pressure from the Ethiopian side. Ethiopia on the offensive in the last five minutes.
Nigeria so far lacks creativity in the midfield. Mikel yet to take classic passes displayed in first match agains Burkina Faso.
Echiejile heads a corner kick into the Ethiopian goalkeeper’s waiting hands to maintain the scoreline goalless.
Ethiopia increasingly probing the Nigerian goal post but unable to convert chances created so far. Ethiopia playing long hauls and counter attacks.
25′ Nigeria 0-0 Ethiopia. In the other game, Burkina Faso 0-0 Zambia. If the shoreline remains this way, Nigeria will have a hard time qualifying to the next round.
Ethiopia rising into the match after sucking up early pressure from the Nigerian side. Finishing for the Ethiopian side has been poor, however.
Ethiopia with a free kick. Kick taken, deflected into a corner kick but a free header by Ethiopian striker goes wide, off the post.
Nigeria playing in their mythical white lucky jersey. Ethiopia playing in green top and yellow pants.
Nigeria playing on a smoother pitch today and have had better control of the game so far. 6′ Nigeria 0-0 Ethiopia.
Nigeria gets another free kick in front of Ethiopia’s 18 yard box. Free kick taken, deflected into the goalkeeper’s waiting arms.