Nigeria beat Mozambique 4-2 in thrilling encounter

2014-01-15 22:21

Nigeria’s thrilling 4-2 victory over Mozambique means it is going to be war on Sunday when they meet South Africa in their final match of the group stage.

Bafana Bafana are top of Group A on four points and Nigeria are third, a point behind Bafana and second-placed Mali.

For Nigeria to advance to the quarterfinals they have to beat Bafana or they will be sent packing.

The six-goal thriller was proof that the game between Nigeria and Mozambique was a good entertaining affair as neither side could afford to lose.

The sides came to this game on the back of defeats in their opening matches and neither wanted to be the first to be knocked out.

Although the Mambas of Mozambique deserved at least a point from tonight's game after their gutsy performance, the loss, their second of the tournament, means they are the first team to be knocked out.

This was a cracking game of football and supporters could not have asked for more after the first half they witnessed.

Mozambique took the lead through captain Dario Khan, whose long-range free kick caught goalkeeper Chigozie Agbin by surprise early on in the game. But the Super Eagles bounced back with two quick goals by Ifeanyi Ede and Rabiu Ali.

Their celebrations were short-lived, however, as the Mambas struck back through Diogo Alberto after poor goalkeeping by Agbin.

The teams went into the break locked at 2-2 and the end to end stuff continued in the second half.

Nigeria restored their lead from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged Khan to have handled in the box. Ali converted the penalty to score his brace.

But the Super Eagles did not sit back to protect their lead, pushing forward in search of an insurance goal. Ede almost grabbed his second but his goal-bound shot was saved on the line by Almiro Lobo in the 74th minute with goalkeeper Soares Soares well-beaten.

Substitute Barnabas Imenger put the final nail in the Mozambique coffin with a minute remaining to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory.

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