Monday January 25, 2010 Quarter-final Finished Estádio Alto da Chela

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Nigeria win shootout to reach last four

    African Cup of Nations - Nigeria win shootout to reach last four

    Nigeria's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was the hero as the Super Eagles beat Zambia 5-4 on penalties to book a semi-final clash with Ghana. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Zambia
    • Nigeria
    • 4-5 Now Nigeria's keeper, Enyeama, is to take the decider... SCORES! NIGERIA WIN IT!
    • 4-4 Mweene, Zambia's goalkeeper, steps up... SCORES!
    • 3-4 Odemwingie for put Nigeria ahead... SCORES!
    • 3-3 Nyirenda for Zambia... SAVED! Nyirenda was about to take but stopped to replace the ball? Did that disrupt his preparations? It was a poor penalty kick and Enyeama saves to his right.
    • 3-3 Obinna steps up for Nigeria... SCORES!
    • 3-2 Mayuka continues the trend with another stunner.
    • - We've seen four superb penalties so far. Who's going to lose their nerve?
    • 2-2 Martins for Nigeria... SCORES!
    • 2-1 Christopher Katongo, the regular penalty taker for Zambia... SCORES! Cool as a cucumber from the skipper.
    • 1-1 Mikel for Nigeria... SCORES!
    • 1-0 Zambia to kick first. It's substitute Chivuta... SCORES!
    • 120+1 That's it and we're going to have the first penalty shootout of Angola 2010!
    • 119' Mikel shows a brilliant touch to scoop the ball to Martins but the Wolfsburg man can't direct his aerial volley on goal!
    • 118' Chivuta's attempted shot goes straight into the wall and Mbola's follow-up cross is easily cleared.
    • 117' Mulenga is fouled by Kaita, whose pulling at the shirt, and that gives Zambia a really dangerous free-kick 20-yards from goal.
    • 115' Zambia make the final substitution of the night with Njobvu replaced by Banda.
    • 113' Nigeria have really shut up shop and this game looks destined for penalties.
    • 112' Christopher Katongo breaks along from his man and gallops ahead before bending a low cross into the box which just evades both of his strike partners.
    • 107' APAM SEES RED! The defender picked up his first yellow on the hour and is booked again for a high challenge to earn an early bath. That really puts the emphasis on Zambia!
    • 106' And we're off!
    • 105+1 The referee blows up to bring the first period to a close.
    • 105' Nigeria concede a cheap corner but show better defence to clear and that should be the end of the first period.
    • 102' Mikel delivers for Yussuf but it's cleared for another corner. Obinna takes but it's disappointing.
    • 101' Odemwingie produces a brilliant bursting run forward but is thwarted to win a corner. Unbelievably that's Nigeria's first of the night!
    • 98' Zambia sub: Felix Katongo is replaced by Chivuta.
    • 97' Obinna tries a shot from way out and it's not too far wide of Mweene's post!
    • 96' The free-kick is played in but it's a poor one and Kaita clears.
    • 96' Mayuka surges down the left and tests the speed of Apam, who can't keep up and is forced into the foul.
    • 95' Nigeria have started extra time brightly. Why couldn't they find this urgency in normal time?
    • 92' A cross from the right finds Martins in the box. The former Newcastle striker gets the ball out of his feet on the turn and tries to curl a shot into the top corner but it's just over!
    • 91' The referee gets the first period of extra time underway.
    • 90+4' The referee blows up and nothing can separate the two after 90 minutes. We'll be back for extra time in just a few seconds...
    • 90+3' Christopher Katongo fashions a little space on the right corner of the box and unleashes a powerful low shot which is blocked.
    • 90+1' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 90' Zambia win another corner... it's floated in to Mayuka who's free at the back post but can't get his header on target! That was a golden opportunity to put the game to bed!
    • 89' Kaita brings down Felix Katongo 25-yards on the left side of the box. Zambia free-kick...Himonde puts it into the wall but it's enough for Zambia's sixth corner!
    • 87' This game really is destined for a draw with neither side being able to show that spark in front of goal.
    • 85' So close! Mbola sends in a cross from the left and Christopher Katongo throws himself toward it but can't connect!
    • 84' Zambia win a throw deep in the Nigeria half.
    • 82' Nigeria have shown a bit more ambition since Martins came on but the service to the front men has been poor, with long balls just being lofted into the box.
    • 79' Christopher Katongo is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Mikel. That's the fifth yellow card of the night, of which four have gone to Zambia players.
    • 78' Mikel floats the free-kick in towards Shittu but it's turned clear.
    • 77' Nigeria win a free-kick midway inside the Zambia half and Mikel is standing over it.
    • 74' Martins has looked likely since coming on, trying a run round the back before attemping to poke a through ball to Obasi.
    • 73' Can either of those changes spark this game into laugh or are we destined for extra time?
    • 71' Yakubu has been poor tonight for Nigeria. In fact, the Everton man hasn't covered himself in glory throughout the whole tournament, although the service hasn't be great.
    • 71' Yakuba, Nigeria's captain, is hauled off and replaced by Martins.
    • 70' Zambia's French coach Hervé Renard has taken the initiative with that attacking substitution but Martins is warming up for Nigeria.
    • 69' Zambia make their first change of the night with Chamanga, who's worked incredibly hard tonight, replaced by Mayuka.
    • 66' Nigeria counter-attack and the ball is chipped in to Yakubu at the back post but his first touch is a poor one and means his toe-poked shot is easily blocked. Great chance for the Everton striker!
    • 65' Chamanga, back on after that knock, links up well with Mulenga to win a corner. It's swung in and Himonde's bullet header is hacked off the line!
    • 64' Zambia's set-pieces have been uninspired all evening and that trend doesn't continue with Sunzu's woeful effort easily defended by Nigeria.
    • 62' Nigeria whip in a free-kick and Shittu rises at the back post but he's well sheparded by Njobvu and can only head wise.
    • 62' Nigeria sub: Yussuf is brought out for Etuhu.
    • 61' Apam flies in late and with his studs up on Chamanga and earns a yellow card for his trouble. Chamanga is stretchered off although hopefully only temporarily.
    • 59' The shots count reads 7-4 in Zambia's favour. They've mostly been ambitious efforts from distance but it gives you an idea about how the Copper Bullets have fought their way back into the game.
    • 58' Chamanga, who plays his club football in China, works half-a-yard of space outside the box and attempts a curling effort but it's over the crossbar.
    • 57' Chamanga exchanges passes with Katongo and bursts forward to collect the high pass but Enyeama rushes out of goal to meet the ball at the top of its flight.
    • 54' Zambia win a corner but it's glances away and Apam goes down after tangling legs with Mulenga.
    • 53' Zambia were really under the cosh early in the first half but that certainly isn't the case in the second. Nigeria do just look like they're cruising, though.
    • 52' Neither team can really get their foot on the ball at the moment and the can continues to flow in midfield.
    • 50' Remember you can watch every African Cup of Nations game LIVE on Eurosport Player.
    • 49' Who can make that crucial breakthrough to send their team through to the last four? Leave your comments below.
    • 48' Zambia left-back is only 16 year's old but is earning his 21st cap tonight!
    • 47' Zambia have had a bright start to the second 45!
    • 46' And we're underway!
    • 45+3' The referee blows up for half-time and we're still level at 0-0.
    • 45+2' Odemwingie goes for goal but it takes a deflection off the wall and goes out for a Nigeria throw.
    • 45+2' Obasi latches onto a pass just outside the box and is on the wrong end of a rash Njobvu challenge. This free-kick is in a very inviting area - and right on the stroke of half-time.
    • 45' Nigeria have had all the possession but it's Zambia who have threatened most in the closing stages of the first 45 and they should be 1-0 up.
    • 43' Zambia left-back Mbola breaks away from Yussuf's challenge and fires in a low cross which Chamanga, who has done well to peel back from the defender, doesn't get enough contact on and can only hit it wide. Best chance of the match!
    • 42' Musonda is shown a yellow card for a deliberate handball. That's both Zambia who have been booked now and they'll be walking on a tightrope for the rest of the match.
    • 40' Felix Katongo was caught late in the build-up to that challenge and requires treatment.
    • 39' Zambia have the Nigeria defence boxed in and the ball eventually falls to Christopher Katongo on the right. He whips in a cross and Enyeama leaps well to catch first time.
    • 38' Himonde hits it but slices across the ball and it's easily over. Still, he got behind that and if he gets one on target then Enyeama would do very well to keep it out.
    • 37' Zambia win a free-kick about 35-yards from the Nigeria goal and this is in Himonde territory.
    • 36' The corner goes in and Himonde is in the mix but the big centre-back can't get anything on it! Nigeria are showing themselves to be a little frail at the back.
    • 35' Zambia continue to pressurise the Nigera goal and win a free-kick. Can they make a set-piece count?
    • 34' Panic in the Nigeria defence as Zambia push forward and string together their first facing move in the final third.
    • 32' That really was a super reflex save from Mweene.
    • 30' A lovely flowing move sees Yakubu lay off to Mikel on the edge of the box and the Chelsea man hits a low right-footed strike which has Mweene at full stretch. Great save!
    • 29' Obasi swings out a left-to-right but Osaze can't keep possession. Zambia are reduced to long balls to Mulenga and Nigeria will eat those up all evening.
    • 26' Zambia avert any danger and clear upfield but the pressure is slowly building on the Copper Bullets.
    • 25' Nigeria win a free-kick which is followed by yet another, with Yakubu hauled down by Sunzu, who got far too tight.
    • 22' Nigeria float the free-kick into the back post where Shittu is lurking dangerously but the referee blows up at the Bolton man has fouled Sunzu.
    • 21' Nigeria take the free-kick but Himonde dives in less than 60 seconds later to earn Zambia's second booking.
    • 20' Katongo receives the first yellow card of the evening for a high challenge on Kaita. That's his second of the tournament he'll miss the semi-final if Zambia get through.
    • 19' For all Nigeria's possession, they've only had one striker at goal and most of the game is being played out in midfield.
    • 18' Nigeria have plenty of experience on the bench with the likes of Joseph Yobo, Kanu and Obafemi Martins.
    • 15' Zambia are really giving Nigeria, who have had 67 per cent of the ball, too much time and Etuhu shoots at distance but it's straight at Mweene.
    • 14' Zambia are the lowest ranked team left in the tournament at 90th in the FIFA rankings.
    • 13' Nigeria have settled into the game quickly and Zambia are struggling to match the Super Eagles in the middle of the park.
    • 12' Chamanga chases a long ball down the right and reaches it before attempting to square to Mulenga but Enyeama rushes out to smother.
    • 10' Etuhu has to scramble to clear for a corner, which is whipped in and Nigera clear but only after their keeper, Enyeama, has a good old flap at it.
    • 8' Nigeria have four English-based players in their starting line-up, captain Yakubu, Danny Shittu, Dickson Etuhu and John Obi Mikel.
    • 7' Etuhu wins a free-kick for Nigeria after a foul by Katongo.
    • 5' It's been a high-tempo start in Luango but neither side can get a true grip on the game.
    • 3' These two met in the 1994 Cup of Nations finals when Zambia led before losing 2-1.
    • 2' NIGERIA: 1 Vincent Enyeama (G), 6 Dan Shittu (D), 22 Onyekachi Apam (D), 21 Uwa Echiejile (D), 20 Dickson Etuhu (M), 13 Ayiila Yussuf (M), 10 John Mikel Obi (M), 15 Sani Kaita (M), 8 Ayegbeni Yakubu (ST), 11 Peter Osaze Odemwingie (ST), 7 Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke (ST)
    • 1' ZAMBIA: 16 Kennedy Mweene (G), 4 Joseph Musonda (D), 5 Hichani Himonde (D), 6 Emmanuel Mbola (D), 19 Thomas Nyirenda (D), 10 Felix Katongo (M), 20 William Njobvu (M), 13 Stophira Sunzu (M), 7 Jacob Mulenga (ST), 11 Christopher Katongo (ST), 12 James Chamanga (ST)
    • 1' Nigeria get the game underway!
    • - The teams are out and we're nearly ready to go!
    • - Nigeria earned their quarter-final spot courtesy of second-placed, behind Egypt, in Group C with wins over Benin and Mozambique.
    • - Zambia topped Group D ahead of Cameroon and Gabon courtesy of the better goals scored record, netting fives times in their three matches.
    • - Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the final African Cup of Nations quarter-final - Zambia against Nigeria.
  • Summary

    • 4-5 Now Nigeria's keeper, Enyeama, is to take the decider... SCORES! NIGERIA WIN IT!
    • 3-3 Nyirenda for Zambia... SAVED! Nyirenda was about to take but stopped to replace the ball? Did that disrupt his preparations? It was a poor penalty kick and Enyeama saves to his right.
    • 1-0 Zambia to kick first. It's substitute Chivuta... SCORES!
    • 119' Mikel shows a brilliant touch to scoop the ball to Martins but the Wolfsburg man can't direct his aerial volley on goal!
    • 107' APAM SEES RED! The defender picked up his first yellow on the hour and is booked again for a high challenge to earn an early bath. That really puts the emphasis on Zambia!
    • 92' A cross from the right finds Martins in the box. The former Newcastle striker gets the ball out of his feet on the turn and tries to curl a shot into the top corner but it's just over!
    • 90' Zambia win another corner... it's floated in to Mayuka who's free at the back post but can't get his header on target! That was a golden opportunity to put the game to bed!
    • 85' So close! Mbola sends in a cross from the left and Christopher Katongo throws himself toward it but can't connect!
    • 66' Nigeria counter-attack and the ball is chipped in to Yakubu at the back post but his first touch is a poor one and means his toe-poked shot is easily blocked. Great chance for the Everton striker!
    • 65' Chamanga, back on after that knock, links up well with Mulenga to win a corner. It's swung in and Himonde's bullet header is hacked off the line!
    • 58' Chamanga, who plays his club football in China, works half-a-yard of space outside the box and attempts a curling effort but it's over the crossbar.
    • 43' Zambia left-back Mbola breaks away from Yussuf's challenge and fires in a low cross which Chamanga, who has done well to peel back from the defender, doesn't get enough contact on and can only hit it wide. Best chance of the match!
    • 30' A lovely flowing move sees Yakubu lay off to Mikel on the edge of the box and the Chelsea man hits a low right-footed strike which has Mweene at full stretch. Great save!
    • - Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the final African Cup of Nations quarter-final - Zambia against Nigeria.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Zambia

    Manager: Herve Renard

  • Nigeria

    Manager: Shuaibu Amodu

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