Good evening folks! Welcome to Premium Time’s LIVE coverage of the Africa Cup Of Nations quarterfinals clash between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. It is a clash of giants of African football.
Full time, Nigeria holds the lead, qualifies ahead of the Ivorians, books a place I the Semi Finals.
Nigeria 2-1 Côte d’Ivore.
Ivory Coast with the free kick.
Nigeria dragging on the ball.
4′ added on the second half.
Victor Moses off, Yobo in as Keshi strengthens Nigeria’s defense. Enyeama gets a yellow card for time wasting.
The Ivoirians losing discipline as the second half nears end.
Traore misses a close opportunity to equalize the goal.
Can the Nigerian side hold the lead for another five minutes?
Second change for Ivory Coast, Traore in, Romaric off. The Ivorians now playing with two strikers up.
80′ Nigeria 2-1 Côte d’Ivoire
Beautiful strike by MBA, home based Eagle.
GOooooooooooal!!! Nigeria scores again.
15′ to the end, goal line steal remains 1-1
The Ivorians get a corner.
Nigeria gets another corner after an Echiejile strike was deflected. Corner taken, safely cleared by the Ivorians.
First change, Kalou is off, Gradel is in for the Ivorians.
Great save by Enyeama holds the scoreline down at 1-1. Enyeama showed of his experience.
A Brown Ideye strike is deflected. Nigeria with corner, a header from Ideye saved by the goalkeeper almost on the line.
In this tournament, it’s been difficult for Nigeria to hold a lead.
Ex Nigerian stars, Kanu Nwankwo and Jay Jay Okocha in the stands.
Nigeria playing three man defense. Showing a different game from the first half where it held sway.
Nigeria gets a corner kick.
The Ivorians all out, on the offensive now and pushing to beat the Nigerian defense.
50′ Nigeria 1-1 Côte d’Ivoire
Perfect side free kick from Drogba nodded in by Tiote.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! Ivory Coast equalizes.
Free kick for Drogba on the edge of the penalty area.
Kalou gets a yellow card for diving in Nigeria’s penalty area.
The Ivorians with the earliest second half strike but it goes wide.
Second half starts, Nigeria with the advantage, can they maintain it till the end of this half?
End of first half, Nigeria 1-0 Côte D’Ivoire. Nigeria’s goal came from a powerful shot by Emenike.
Nigeria had 53% of possession and more shots on target.
It was a powerful shot and was in the net before the goalkeeper could realize it was coming.
A beautiful kick by from a far off free kick by Emenike puts Nigeria ahead by1-0
Drogba’s kick is deflected again. Play continues.
The Ivorians with a free kick from close range.
Victor Moses down. He got a knock of the face from Toure’s elbow. Referee did not call. Toure gets a yellow card for the challenge.
The Ivorians rising into the game. Made second attempt on the Nigerian post twice in five minutes.
Drogba with his first attempt, chests down the ball in between three defenders and delivered a low shot that went narrowly wide.
Nigeria holds a king size possession and opportunities created. But goal line is still nil.
Onazi gets a yellow card for fouling Solomon kalou of Côte d’Ivoire.
What a miss! Emenike just missed a clear scoring opportunity.
Second corner for the Ivorians.
Emenike didn’t get the idea, misses the pass from the free kick.
Emenike gets a free kick. Far off, but near enough for creativity.
20′ Nigeria 0-0 Côte d’Ivoire
Nigeria playing better at the moment, with all the chances. Can they keep it up?
Nigeria with the free kick again. Victor Moses to take the kick. Taken, narrowly over the head of Brown Ideye.
Emenike fails to put Nigeria after an attempt on a back heel pass from Victor Moses was wasted.
Ivorians get first corner of the game.
Nigeria has had a better side of the first 10′ with a close shot on target.
It’s Nigeria with the free kick. Good delivery, but nodded wide by Nigerian strikers.
A close strike by Drogbe is ruled offside.
Nigeria in traditional green jersey while Côte d’Ivoire play in their traditional orange jersey.
Drogba takes the kick but it was deflected his men. Goal kick to Nigeria.
Drogba fouled by Echejile near Nigeria’s 18 yard box.
Match starts. Mikel and Efe Ambrose in the starting line up.