Live: Mali 1 Nigeria 4

The final whistle goes, Nigeria have done it, they have downed the Eagle of Mali to book their place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final.

Diarra dribbles past two to get another shot on goal, but blazes it out for a corner.

Diabate does well to get the ball into the box, gives Cheick Diarra a perfect ball, but the number seven fluffs his shot.

Keita puts the set-play over everybody.

The fourth official signals three minutes at the end of the game. Mali with a free-kick...

Diabate battles into the box and unleashes a shot on goal, Enyeama more than equal to it, however.

Emenike takes a thunderous shot at goal, but seems to have pulled a muscle.

Fousseni Diawarra booked for holding on to Onazi.

Mali still pushing for another, but they can't unlock the Nigerian defence.

Onazi with a shot on goal from distance, but it's well, well wide.

Joseph Yobo is being brought on to replace the busy Efe Ambrose.

Good run by Musa down the left-hand side, Emenike gets his boot to the ball in, but is not able to convert it this time.

Goal Mali! Cheick Diarra pulls one back with a tap in after good work by Diabate in the box.

Ejike Uzoenyi comes on for the second goalscorer Brown Ideye.

Diabate registers a shot for the Eagles of Mali, but it's straight at Enyeama. They will have to do a lot better to get back into this game.

Mali make their third substitution, Samba Sow coming on for Mahamane Traore.

Musa puts the ball in the net again, but it won't count as he's ruled offside this time around.

Ahmed Musa nets the fourth on the counter-attack, beating the offside trap and hitting it low and hard underneath the goalkeeper. Surely no way back for Mali now.

Nigeria are so quick on the counter-attack, Mali just managing to deal with the barrage on that occasion.

Patrice Carteron has seen enough, Momo Sissoko is taken off and is replaced by Cheick Diabate.

Emenike is in a spot of trouble with the referee for his time wasting antics. Mali still looking for a way back into the match.

Ahmed Musa has come on for the injured Victor Moses. Good thing Moses has done most of the devastating work in the first half.

Keita with a thunderous shot on goal from close range, but he'll be wondering how he managed to put it that far wide.

The bright Modibo Maiga gets replaced by Cheick Diarra.

Emenike's goal from the free-kick has been given to Momo Sissoko as an own goal.

But puts it straight at the wall, as the referee blows the whistle to bring the half to an end.

Keita standing over the freekick...

Fourth Official signals two minutes added time at the end of the half.

Goal! Emenike from the free-kick. His attempt takes the Mali wall by surprise and it takes a cruel deflection off Sissoko and into the net.

Sissoko gives away the foul on the edge of the area there, Nigerie with a good opportunity here...

Maiga the only bright spark for Mali at the moment, his chipped pass to Samassa just undone by the offside flag there.

Mali still trying their slow build-up approach, but Moses is just wreaking havoc at the moment. Testing the Mali defence from all angles at the moment.

Nigeria looking extremely dangerous on the break, Onazi set free by an Ambrose pass from the back. This time Samassa deals with it well.

Goal! Nigeria again, Brown Ideye this time getting a lucky deflection. Mali having trouble dealing with Victor Moses at the moment.

Yellow for Ambrose for a foul on the far side.

Goal Nigeria! Elderson Echiejile with a beautiful low header after good work from Victor Moses down the right-hand side.

Mali looking to build slowly, getting their fair share of goalmouth action, but the Nigerian defence equal to it thus far.

Mikel has a go from long range, but the cracking shot goes sailing just wide of the post.

A flurry of shots at the Mali goal. Ideye goes clear on goal, but fails to really test the keeper, before Emenike fluffs his attempted volley from the deflection. Moses also has a crack, but its deflected out of play.

Sissoko has a crack at goal, just skimming the cross-bar on its way over.

Corner swung in, Kalilou Traore gets his head to the ball, but it goes well wide of the far post.

Mali win a corner from a deflected Keita cross...

Mali looking content with being the more conservative side, but they are getting forward well. Tamboura with a great run down the left, his cross just cut out by Oboabona.

Both sides have now registered shots on goal in the early goings of the match, one blocked and one well wide. Nigeria just seeing a bit more of the ball at the moment.

Referee gets us underway...

Mali, meanwhile, have made four changes to the squad that beat Bafana Bafana on penalties. Adama Coulibaly, Samba Sow, Samba Diakite and Soumaila Diakite (gk) are all out, replaced by Mahamadou N'Diaye, Mahamane Traore, Kalilou Traore and Mahamadou Samassa (gk).

Nigeria name an unchanged squad from the one that dumped Cote d'Ivoire out of the competition on Sunday.

Nigeria XI: Enyeama, Echeijile, Ambrose, Oboabona, Omeruo, Onazi, Mikel, Mba, Moses, Emenike, Ideye

Mali XI: M.Samassa, Diawara, Tamboura, Sissoko, K.Traore, Maiga, Keita, Wague, Samassa, M.Traore, N'Diaye

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Nigeria are 8/15 to progress to the finals today, while Mali are rated at 11/8 according to our friends at Sky Bet. Cheick Diabate is 6/1 to score first, while Emmanuel Emenike is at 4/1.

Nigeria failed to qualify for last year's edition of the competition, and are out to prove tp the world that they are still a force in African football. The Super Eagles surprised many when they ousted tournament favourites Ivory coast from the competition in the quarter-finals.

Mali will be looking to improve on their placing at last year's Africa Cup of Nations when they came third after being knocked out at the semi-final stage. The Eagles reached this stage by beating 2013 AFCON hosts South Africa in the quarter-finals.

Good afternoon, I'm Chris Vermeulen and I'll be taking you through today's action as Mali face off against Nigeria in the first semi-final clash of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Kick-off at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is scheduled for 17:00 (15:00 GMT).


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