Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Super Eagles

Super Eagles © Shengolpix

10-man Eagles forfeit points



Nigeria got off their 2013 Afcon campaign to a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in Nelspruit on Monday.

Nigeria played with ten men for the last quarter of an hour after Efe Ambrose was sent off.

But it will be the Nigerians who will be licking their wounds after dropping two points right at the death after Alain Traore's strike cancelled out Emmanuel Emenike' goal.

Eight minutes into the game, John Obi Mikel's ball over the top to Brown Ideye is poorly controlled it as the Burkinabe goalkeeper, Abdoulaye Soulama gathered without any trouble. Though on replay, Ideye clearly handled the ball with his left arm, which the ref missed.

The first real chance of the game came in the 12th minute, Ahmed Musa bent the ball from the right channel into Burkina Faso's penalty area with Ideye shooting it over the bar.

Emenike did a great work down the right flank in the 17th minute and crosses into the Burkinabe's six-yard box but Ideye could only nod awkwardly with Elderson Echiejile in a better position behind him.

And within minutes Nigeria captain, Joseph Yobo was caught out in defence and Moumouni Dagano failed to make the most of it.

But it was Nigeria's Super Eagles that took the lead on 23 minutes through Emenike. Mikel's ball over the top caught the Burkinabes flat with Ideye flicking it into the path of a charging Emenike to score a typical striker's goal.

Burkina Faso stormed back into the game like the Stallions they are but their West African rivals held firm to their one-goal lead though Ideye and Musa came close with half chances just before the break.

Nigeria started the business end with an early chance to double their lead as Ideye shot wide off target after a good lay off from Emenike.

Three minutes into the restart, Dagano could only head wayward from a Florent Rouamba cross.

The Stallions keeper, Soulama minutes later had to rush out to clear Mikel's through ball before Ideye could go free on goal.

On 62 min?utes, Burkina Faso start a counter-attack through Sanou before skipper Dagano's shot to the bottom corner of Nigeria's goal is tipped away by Vincent Enyeama.

Three minutes later, substitute Ikechukwu Uche missed a sitter to put Nigeria two goals up after Musa's low cross into Burkina Faso's goal area.

With 16 minutes left, Celtic man, Ambrose, was sent off for a second bookable offence, which provides a big incentive for the Stallions to fight back.

Ten minutes to time, Uche runs inside Burkina Faso's box after a diagonal ball found him on the left but he shot wide off the mark.

On 88 minutes, Chelsea midfielder, Mikel shot wide from Uche's lovely lay-off in front of Burkina Faso's goal area.

Right at the death substitute Alain Traore pounced after the Nigerian defence failed to clear Jonathan Pitroipa's cross to rightfully earn the Stallions a point.

The result throws Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations wide open with all teams on a point apiece.

Nigeria will face defending champions, Zambia on Friday.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Pre Season Friendly SuperSport H\L - Chicago Fire v Tottenham Hotspur
Athletics - Day 2 - Session 2
Hockey - Women: South Africa V New Zealand
Swimming - Day 5 - Finals

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home ‘bruised’
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...

Emeka Enyadike
Joachim Loew: German lessons for Africa
How do you win the World Cup? How do you prepare a team for the greatest show on earth? How do you...