FT: Ivory Coast 1 Nigeria 2

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It's all over!!! Nigeria have eliminated the favourites and advance to the semi-finals where Mali lie in wait.

Free-kick for the Elephants in what is surely their last chance of the match, but the defence is resolute.

Just two minutes of added time remain for Nigeria to hold on to their lead and for Ivory Coast to salvage their tournament hopes.

Vincent Enyeama receives a yellow card for time wasting.

Fantastic challenge by Efe Ambrose to deny Yaya Toure a certain goal, with the midfielder clean through.

The Nigerians will look to run the clock down and will certainly not be committing to many players forward as they try to defend their one goal advantage.

Substitution for Ivory Coast as Romaric is replaced by striker Lacina Traore.

Ivory Coast have it all to do with just seven minutes left of regular time.

Brilliant goal from Mba who took the ball all of 60 yards before beating two defenders and firing over the helpless Barry, albeit via a wicked deflection off Souleymane Bamba.

Goal!!!!! Ivory Coast 1-2 Nigeria!!! Sunday Mba gives the Super Eagles the lead!!!

A quarter of an hour left in this match with the prospect of extra-time fast becoming a reality, as the teams remain level at 1-1.

Moses is at the heart of everything good Nigeria are doing as his delicate flick releases Echiejile, only for the defender's effort to take a huge deflection and go out for a corner.

Salomon Kalou comes off for Max Gradel.

Great save from Vincent Enyeama to deny Yaya Toure a certain goal.

Scramble in the Ivory Coast goalmouth eventually results in Barry gratefully getting his hands on the loose ball.

Moses does well to create some space down the right, but then sends his cross out for a throw-in on the far side.

Eboue has picked up a knock and looks to be in a fair amount of pain as the stretcher is brought onto the field, but the defender hobbles off unassisted to receive further treatment.

The Elephants seem to be attacking at will, with Nigeria's defence struggling and having to make some last ditch challenges to keep themselves in the game

Victor Moses is seeing a lot of the ball at present and the Nigerians will look to him to unlock the opposition's defence.

Finally the Super Eagles mount an attack and win themselves a corner.

Nigeria haven't shown up for the second half as of yet, and they will need to get a foothold in this game they are to avoid being eliminated by the Elephants.

Drogba's free-kick finds an unmarked Tiote at the far post, and the Newcastle man makes no mistake with his header. The Ivorians with the perfect response early in the second half.

Goal!!!!! Ivory Coast 1-1 Nigeria!! Tiote with the equaliser!!!!

It's all Ivory Coast at the minute as Drogba wins a free-kick in a promising area.

Yellow card for Kalou for what the referee perceived as a dive from the Lille winger. Replays suggest there was definitely contact. Unlucky for the Ivorian.

The Elephants are on the attack immediately as a neat one two from Kalou and Drogba results in an opportunity for the former, but he skies his effort high over the crossbar.

Ivory Coast get the second half going trailing by a goal to nil.

Half-time in this quarter-final clash and a goal from Emmanuel Emenike is what separates the teams at present. Join us after the break for all the action from the second half.

Emenike smashed a shot goal-wards from Mikel's free-kick lay-off and Boubacar Barry's attempted save left much to desired as he flailed at the shot. He should definitely have done better, but take nothing away from the striker's effort, which was hit with tremendous power and accuracy.

Goal!!!!!!!! Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria!!! Emmanuel Emenike with the goal from 30 yards!!!

Another chance for the Ivorians from a set-piece on the edge of the penalty area.

Yellow card for Yaya Toure his strong challenge on Victor Moses.

Lovely interchange involving Yaya Toure and Tiene down the left looks promising, but the left-back ruins the chance with a wasteful cross that ends up going out for a throw-in.

Drogba shows great strength to create a chance for himself, but the ref sees an infringement and awards Nigeria a free-kick.

Gervinho brought down to give Ivory Coast a free kick which Yaya Toure delivers, but the defence stands tall and head the ball to safety.

Onanzi receives a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Salomon Kalou.

Emenike wastes a glorious opportunity to put the Super Eagles in front. Brown Ideye teased the defence before sliding a great ball to the striker, who's effort went well wide with just the keeper to beat.

Unlucky for Kalou as he is almost sent through on goal, but his first touch let he down when he needed it most.

A quarter of the match has elapsed with the scores still level at 0-0.

Moses tries a free-kick variation but doesn't find striker Emenike with the attempt.

Miscommunication for the Ivorians as a long ball attempting find Gervinho goes out 20 yards where the Arsenal attacker was waiting.

Bamba then does his defensive duties well to prevent Emenike getting through on goal.

From the resulting corner, Souleymane Bamba attempts a spectacular overhead kick which sails harmlessly over.

Drogba earns the first corner of the game after good work from Kalou to release the captain down the right.

The Super Eagles are definitely in the ascendancy after a hesitant start and will look to capitalise by scoring the opening goal.

It's Moses again as the Chelsea winger stings Barry's glove with a long range effort.

Moses whipped in a great far post delivery, but Emenike couldn't quite get his header on target

Nigeria now have a free-kick of their own to try and test the Ivorian defence.

Neither side has stamped their authority on this match yet, with no real opportunities being created.

Drogba earns a free-kick on the edge area for the Elephants.

And we're underway as Nigeria kick-off this highly anticipated clash.

Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Echiejile; Onazi, Mikel; Ideye, Mba, Moses; Emenike

Côte d'Ivoire: Barry, Eboue, Tiene, Bamba, Zokora, Romaric, Yaya Toure, Tiote, Gervinho, Kalou, Drogba

Why not make this even more interesting by heading over to our friends Sky Bet, who are offering 5/6 for an Ivory Coast win, while you can back the Nigerians at 17/5. A draw, meanwhile is at 12/5.

The Nigerians have no injury concerns and will be looking to Premier League stars such as John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses to steer them to victory.

In team news, the Ivorians welcome back their first-choice players into the staring eleven, which means the likes of Gervinho, Yaya Toure, Didier Zokora and Cheick Tiote will all feature for the tournament favourites.

Awaiting the victor of this encounter is Mali, who knocked hosts South Africa out of the tournament courtesy of a 3-1 penalty shootout victory on Saturday.

The Elephants finished top of Group D after coming back from two-goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Algeria on Wednesday, while the Super Eagles finished runners-up to Burkina Faso in Group C with one win and two draws from their three games.

Good evening folks, i'm Sky Chomse and i'll be taking you through all the action as two giants of the African game, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, clash in a mouth-watering 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. Kick off is scheduled for 17:00 (15:00 GMT).


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