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Minute By Minute: Nigeria Vs South Africa

Njoku concedes a throw-in. A foul is committed by Okobi.
2- First throw-in for Nigeria
4- Oparanozie starts a move that is cut out by the Baya Bayana
5- Asisat Oshoala wins a freekick for Nigeria. Ebere’s left footed effort results to Nigeria corner. The Falcons win another corner. Its a short one but the Falcons’ long range shot by Nwabuoku off target
7- Ngozi Okobi is down, receiving treatment from the medical staff
8- Nigeria’s defence clear their lines. Okobi rejoins the action. Meanwhile a deft flick from Modise of South Africa saved by Ebubeleye Whyte
10- Francesca Ordega handles the ball as she is about to pull the trigger
11- Oparanozie runs to the edge of the South African box and crosses the ball. There is mix-up in the Bayana backline but ball is cleared
12- Keeper Mdayaweni punches away a deceptive header from her defender
14- Ugo Njoku’s cross shot ends up at the top of the net after Oshoala’s shot was initially blocked
15- Oshoala flagged offside. The Falcons defence are under pressure from the South African strikers but ball kicked out for a throw-in
17- Francesca Ordega with Nigeria’s chance but the South Africa keeper reads the situation well, saves
18- the SA keeper makes herself big again and saves from Oshoala’s one-on-one confrontation
20- Freekick for SA. Nwabuoku handled the ball. Whyte arranges her wall
21- The SA freekick by Modise was fierce. Goes off target by some inches.
22- Josephine Chukwunonye fouled. 22 minutes have been played so far. Ayinde’s cross is too tame
24- Nigeria gets a throw-in. A succession of headers not a problem for SA keeper. 5 fouls against Nigeria now, 4 against SA
25- Nwabuoku breaks a South African move.
26- Oparanozie’s shot saved
27- captain Nwabuoku is down injured, she seems hurt with a South African player’s hand in her eyes.
29- Francesca Ordega wins a Nigerian corner. Mndaweni’s clearance is poor
30- Francesca Ordega could not generate the power to direct her header from Ebere’s promising cross
33- Ebere runs into a South African brickwall. She should crossed the ball earlier.
34- South Africa striker Dlamini gets the better of Ebere on the left flank but she soon loses the ball and concedes a freekick
35- Oshoala concedes a freekick
37- GOAL! Asisat Oshoala runs into the box, beats her marker but luckily the ball deflects off South African midfielder Van Wyk.
40- Ngozi Okobi’s darting run is dealt with the South African defence
41- Van Wyk (captain) gets a yellow card for a foul on Oparanozie. SA clear their lines from the freekick
42- Ngozi Okobi controls the ball brilliantly but her shot is disappointing
43- Nwabuoku commits a foul. Her boot was too high, dangerous. South African freekick. Whyte makes an unconvincing, reflex save with her knees but her defenders save her
44- GOAL!! Asisat Oshoala scores her second goal of the game. She chips the ball beyond the reach of the South African keeper who was off her lines, from a long range. Her third shot of the game.

The Nigerians committed nine fouls, SA six. The Falcons were flagged offside twice, none by South Africa

HT: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa

45- Nigeria kick off. A great combination by Ngozi Okobi and Halimat Ayinde thwarted.
46- Desire Oparanozie miscues her shot. South Africa meanwhile waste a chance few seconds later
48- Ugo Njoku concedes a freekick. Portia Modise produces a lovely scorpion pass given to Jane but the Falcons deal with it.
49- Nigeria’s duo of Ordega and Oshoala go on a counter attack but Oshoala loses the ball
50- Nigerian throw-in. The Falcons pass the ball around with a patient build-up. The South Africans enjoy a moment of possession but quickly lose it
52- Okobi loses the ball rather clumsily. Modise is flagged offside
53- SA substitution. Sandra Mollo (14) comes in for Nyandeni (18)
54- Ordega fouled
55- Rita Nwabuoku’s shot is tipped over for a corner by Mndaweni.
56- Ugo Njoku gets a yellow card for a foul. Onome Ebi’s clearance leads to South African corner. Two South Africans go for the ball, but Falcons get a goal kick.
58- Concern for Nigeria. Francesca Ordega is down with a muscle problem. She is receiving treatment. It looks serious. Two Nigerian players are warming up on the touchline
62- Francesca Ordega substituted by Esther Sunday
64- Sunday handles the ball. Freekick to South Africa.
64- Sunday loses the ball but throw-in for the Falcons. Dlu Dlu kicks away the ball
65- Portia Modise’s shot is over the bar. Coach Edwin Okon has words for his Nigerian players. Njoku concedes a corner. The ball is cleared off the line by Ebere off a header
67- Ebere’s effort off Jane’s cross is counted as a goal! Controversial decision by the officials
70- Modise is offside. Wyk stops Oshoala from causing any damage. Goal kick.
71- Sunday blasts the ball away after Oparanozie’s driving run which was dealt with. Oshoala is receiving treatment
73- Ebere cuts out a danger but South Africa’s corner goes out of play. Goal kick for Nigeria.
75- South Africa enjoy good possession but the cutting edge to punish Nigeria was lacking
76- Ngozi Okobi is substituted by Pepertua Nkwocha.
78- Gytalna comes in for Jane
79- SA left back Vilakazi, plays the ball out of touch
80- Nkwocha’s shot do not trouble the Bayana Bayana defence. The South Africans look for a freekick but not given
82- Oshoala’s solo run and resultant cross not utilised by her teammates.
83- Whyte claims the ball from a cross
83- Sandra Mollo is flagged offside. Reprieve for the Super Falcons.
84- Asisat Oshoala is substituted by Ohadugha
85- Oparanozie inexplicably deemed to have fouled her marker.
89- The Falcons lose the ball. Goal kick for SA. The momentum they had lost.
90- Esther Sunday’s shot on the near post punched out for a corner. Three minutes added.
90(+3)- The referee ends the game. Nigeria 2-0 South Africa.

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  • I don’t know what Okon sees in this White of a goalkeeper in our goal she very bad. Worse than Agbim.

  • This is the only thing i wish our boy could emulate atleast they have the chances of doing more than this. up falconets. up Nigeria

  • We thank God for the win. These girls are making us proud, but one more hurddle to cross. Up naija. We need the cup badly. Super Eagles plse open ur eyes and emulate the Falcons ooooooooh.