Eagles Shock Lions In Miracle Of Cape Town!

Published: January 25, 2014
Eagles Shock Lions In Miracle Of Cape Town! Aliyu Ibrahim struck late as Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles dramatically qualified for the African Nations Championship semi finals with a thrilling 4-3 win over Morocco on Saturday.

The victory was even sweeter as the Atlas Lions had led 3-0 at the end of the first half.

The result meant the Super Eagles have zoomed to the semi finals of the competition.

Morocco swept into a 3-0 lead when Mohsine Moutaouali’s brace and Iajour Mouhssine caught the Azubuike Egwuekwe marshalled defence line unawares.

Morocco scored thrice in seven minutes during the closing stages of the first half.

It was a frantic second half with three goals coming after the break.

Enugu Rangers midifielder Ugonna Uzochukwu brought Eagles back to life at 3-1 with a close range effort.

Minutes after Ugonna’s restoration effort, Kano Pillars playmaker, Rabiu Ali smashed home a volley on the edge of the 18-yard area to make the scoreline 3-2.

The Morocco technical crew would be disappointed when the boys threw away their advantage after some clinical finishing in the first half.

Credit must go to Nigeria, though, who staged a late fightback when it looked like Morocco would be comfortable in victory.

Amid the series of pressure by Nigeria, petit Ejike Uzoenyi collected his 3rd goal of the tournament in the 90th minute, thus dragging the game to extra time.

Super Eagles’ game was built on a three-man midfield and early pressing, and twice they could have gone ahead before Ugonna’s effort.

With Ugonna forging a good partnership with Abdullahi Shehu and Rabiu Ali they helped Nigeria recover from a slow start.

9 minutes before the end of extra time, Nigeria turned the game completely on it’s head.

Lamyaghri failed to hold onto his ball and Aliyu Ibrahim took advantage of his blunder to fire the West Africans to the semi finals of the tournament.

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