And it’s half-time…it looks like Nigeria is having an upper hand in the game and lots of energy. Will Mali make it with the scores on board at present?
The Africa Cup of Nations semifinal between Mali and Nigeria at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Samassa Mamadou returned to the starting lineup for Mali after missing the last game due to suspension
Ogenyi Onazi keeps his place in the Nigerian starting lineup despite the return of Fegor Ogude from suspension.
Victor Moses and Seydou Keita have scored two goals each in the competition so far, while Emmanuel Emenike has score three times, and all are involved in the race for the top goal scorer.
The last match between the two sides ended in a 0-0 draw but prior to that it was Nigeria who defeated Mali 2-1 in 2004 to claim bronze.
44″ Own goal by Mohamed Sissoko(Mali) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from own half (20 yards).Mali 0-3 Nigeria. Assist by Emmanuel Emenike(Nigeria) from left channel.
30″ Cross by Emmanuel Emenike(Nigeria), goal by Brown Ideye(Nigeria) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Mali 0-2 Nigeria. Assist (cross) by Emmanuel Emenike(Nigeria) from right wing.
25″ Cross by Victor Moses(Nigeria), headed goal by Elderson Echiejile(Nigeria) (low centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Mali 0-1 Nigeria. Assist (cross) by Victor Moses(Nigeria) from right wing.
45% Possesion 49%
6 (2) Shots (on goal) 8 (6)
4 Fouls 5
4 Corner kicks 1
1 Off-sides –
5 Saves 2
1 Yellow cards 1
– Red cards –
Some stunning footwork from Victor Moss teed up Uwa Elderson Echiejile to open the scoring in the first of today’s Afcon semi-finals
Let’s find out what happens in the second-half.