Latest: Mali 1-4 Nigeria
The second half is under way.
74′ GOAL MALI! Diarra pulls one back, rolling it into the net, after Diabate picks him out from the left. The Bordeaux man had done really well to get in down the left, dragging the keeper wide with him.
74′ GOAL - Mali 1-4 Nigeria – Cheick Fantamady
60′ Substitute Musa Ahmed springs the offside trap, runs in on goal and slides his shot under the body of Mali keeper Mamadou Samassa. Game over – I think.
OAL - Mali 0-4 Nigeria – Musa
Mali doing their best to rustle up something upfield, but they’re being frustrated by poor final balls and a good Nigeria defence. At the other end, substitute Musa almost breaks free near the area only for his attempts to be thwarted by the Mali defence. But wait a sec…
HT: We are making this look easy… Up Nigeria.”
It’s been easy for Nigeria. Coach Stephen Keshi has been dancing on the touchline after every goal scored – I doubt he can believe the ease in which his team have carved out a 3-0 lead. My colleague Tom Rostance, who will be at helm for the ‘Rest of the World’ football live text later, said I should mention the 2005 Champions League final between AC Milan and Liverpool. There, I’ve mentioned it.
45+’ GOAL - Mali 0-3 Nigeria – Momo Sissoko og (44 mins)
The second goal appeared to take a small deflection, the third took a huge deflection. Emmanuel Emenike scores what he thinks is his fourth goal of the tournament with a low free-kick from 20 yards that strikes Momo Sissoko in the wall, wrong-foots Mamadou Samassa, and creeps in just inside the left-hand post. The powers-that-be award Sissoko the goal.
45′ GOAL NIGERIA! 3-0, game over as Emenike rifles in a free-kick that takes a huge deflection to nestle past the wrong-footed Samassa in the bottom right.
38′ Echiejele goes down, and Maiga will be booked. I think for handball – Echiejele just landed awkwardly. Except it was Diawara who handled. Must have been backchat.
37′ Nigeria nearly make it three. This time Lazio’s Ogenyi Onanzi surges down the right before coming inside and attempting a chip that Mali’s keeper Mamadou Samassa stretches to save.
36′ An extraordinary start for Nigeria. It all happens down that right side again. This time Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike breaks forward and lays the ball into the path of the fast-arriving Brown Ideye, who bundles in, under pressure, from close range.
(25 mins) What wonderful, wonderful play from Chelsea’s Victor Moses. He turns his defender inside and out on the right before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Braga left-back Elderson Echiejile who stoops down to head in.