Wednesday, December 9, 2015 4:21 pm
Match kicks off.
2.30: Nigeria has a long range shot at goal saved by Senegalese keeper
3.25: Another goal move by Kuffre blocked by Senegal.
Nigeria seems to be making more incursions inside Senegal’
10.00:Senegal ‘ s Ismaila on the run towards goal, but had a poor finish as he had a lame shot to the Nigerian keeper.
12.00 : a long ball finds an attacker inside Nigeria’s box, but the Nigerian keeper moves out to avert danger.
16.38: A Senegalese free kick, but Nigerian keeper pushes the ball into the left corner.Corner taken, but no danger.
The Senegalese are mounting more attacks.
18.50 Nigerian foul on the right. Senegal takes it. Effort wasted.
20.00 A Nigerian cross headed out by a Senegalese defender.
23.00 A corner on the left of Nigerian side. Senegal takes, but headed out by Nigeria.
24.00: The Nigerians appear to have the game in control again.
26.00: Senegal shoots at Nigerian goal from afar. But no chance. A Nigerian corner kick follows. It is played too low. Senegalese defender kicks out of danger.
29.00 Senegal tries another long ball at Nigerian goal. No way.
30.00 another Senegal corner.
31. Nigeria on counter attack, ball find a Nigerian player inside the box, but was ruled offside.
First half ends 0-0, with Nigeria missing a golden opportunity to register a goal in the 42nd minute.
Senegal had their own golden chance in the 45th minute with an ‘unfair’ penalty awarded against Nigeria.
Nigerian keeper saved the kick.
The Senegalese were to regret this loss in the second half, as Nigeria converted their own penalty awarded in the 71st minute.
Here is a report of the entire match by www.cafonline.com:
Midfielder Etebo Oghenekaro ensured Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with the winner against host Senegal in their semi-final clash on Wednesday in Dakar.
The Warri Wolves midfielder converted a penalty midway into the second half to secure victory for the Dream Team against a determined Senegal side, cheered on by an expectant home crowd.
‘Les Lionceaux’ will have themselves to blame for failing to convert the numerous chances that came their way in addition to missing a penalty just before half time with Ibrahima Keita shooting in the waiting hands of Nigerian goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel.
The victory of the Nigerians cannot be complete without mention of the heroic saves from Daniel, who was the busier of the two shot stoppers and his team’s best player on the pitch.
Both teams got off to a blistering start but it was Senegal who dominated possession firing from every angle in search of the opener.
And their consistent raids upfront yielded some decent chances but Nigeria goalie Daniel stood between them and the opener.
On 12 minutes, Samba Ndiaye put leading marksman Keita through but Daniel denied the latter in a one-on-one situation.
Four minutes later, Daniel was again to his side’s rescue with a diving save from an Ndiaye free-kick at the edge of the penalty area.
Nigeria tried to contain the host with occasional moves upfront and had their best chance on 42 minutes from a well-rehearsed three-man move. Midfielder Oghenekaro’s delicate chip found Junior Ajayi, who slid past Senegal goalie Pape Ndiaye only for Adama Mbengue to weather the storm with a timely clearance.
On the stroke of half time, the host had the perfect opportunity to go up with a penalty after Daniel fouled Cheikou Dieng in the vital area. However, Daniel stood firm with an easy save from Keita’s feeble shot from the shot distance to end the first half barren.
Daniel was on hand yet again to deny the host the opener on 58 minutes saving with his foot from a Ismaila Sarr goal bound shot on a one-on-one situation.
The turning point of the game came after the hour mark when Nigeria coach Samson Siasia introduced FIFA U-17 World Cup top scorer Victor Osimhen for God’s Power Tower which will pay off minutes later.
The Nigerians pressed for the opener and on 71 minutes forced a blunder from the Senegalese backline and hard-pressed defender Ousseynou Thioune deliberately tried to stop the ball from entering the post. Thioune was sent off and Oghenekaro converted for the penalty for the opener to silence the home crowd.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, the host fought hard for the equalizer but had to give in to their first defeat at the championship after Elhadji Pape Diaw headed wide from a Moussa Wague free-kick on the stroke of full time.
Referee: Redouane Jiyed
1st assistant referee: Berhe O’Michael
2nd assistant: Eldrick Adelaide
Venue: Stade Leopoldo Sedan Senghor , Dakar.