Mali vs. Nigeria: African Cup of Nations Semi, Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 6, 2013

Mali 1 (Diarra 75) Nigeria 4 (Echiejile 25, Ideye 30, Sissoko OG 44, Musa 60)

Nigeria made light work of Mali as they cruised into the 2013 African Cup of Nations Final with a 4-1 victory in Durban.

Chelsea duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel tormented their opponents after Mali had been the better side in the opening 20 minutes.

But Nigeria produced three goals in the last 20 minutes of the first half to effectively seal their progress to the final in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Elderson Echiejile opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a stooping header before Ideye Brown added a second five minutes later following great work by Emmanuel Emenike.

Emenike then fired in a 44th-minute free-kick which clipped Momo Sissoko and deflected past Mali goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa as Nigeria lead 3-0 at half-time.

There was concern for Nigeria as winger Moses left the field early in the second period, but his replacement Ahmed Musa added the fourth on the hour mark when he latched on to a Mikel ball.

Mali substitute Cheick Diarra grabbed a consolation with 15 minutes remaining but there was no way back for his team in a one-sided semifinal. 


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