Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 CHAN: Tunisia 1 Nigeria 1 - As It Happened

Nigeria 1-1 Tunisia
90+3 – Game ends
90+2 – Nigeria come close but nothing comes out of this attack inspired by skipper Chima Akas, game held up to attend to Tunisia goalkeeper
90+1 – Tunisia have been the better team, but could not translate their superiority into goals
90 – There will be three minutes of additional time
89 – Ezenwa saves of Mathlouthi, Tunisia come close yet again
84 – Tunisia offside to the relief of Nigeria
83 – Foul against Nigeria in a very dangerous position
82 Nigeria’s Mosquito comes close, but his final effort misses target
80 – Struggling Aggreh out and ‘Hazard’ Ezekiel Bassey in
78 – Tunisia come close again, but Kalu clears it off the line as Tunisia pile on more pressure
76 – Free kick to Tunisia around their corner flag after late tackle by Okoro on Tej
75 – Tunisia 1 Nigeria 1
71 – Nigeria change – Usman out, ‘Mosquito’ Ibenegbu out
70 – GOAL! Tunisia draw level, Akaichi turns inside the box and scores, it’s his third goal
69 – Chikatara offside yet again
65 – Tunisia now have two men upfront – Akaichi and Essifi – as they fight for an equaliser
64 – Tunisia change – Derbali out, Essifi in, it’s an attacking change
63 – Akaichi comes close again for Tunisia, but his header is off target
60 – An hour played and it remains Tunisia 0 Nigeria 1
59 – Aggreh fails to make the most of a through ball by Usman Mohammed, Aggreh has struggled in this game
58 – Orji Kalu has been solid since he came on for Stephen Eze in the Nigeria defence
57 – Nigeria are playing a lot more relaxed
55 – Osas Okoro final pass to the attack is bad
54 – It’s Chikatara’s fourth goal at the CHAN
52 – GOAL!!! Nigeria go ahead against the run of play and it is Chikatara the goal scorer after he is set up by Osas Okoro
51 – Nigeria are playing below par, they have to step up their game if not they may lose their unbeaten run
Nigeria kick off the second half
FIRST HALF ENDS
Tunisia 52 percent of ball possession.
45′ – Two added minutes of extra time. Tunisia 0-0 Nigeria
44′ – Ahmed Akaichi headed goal disallowed by the referee.
44 – Tunisia effort is ruled out, Akaichi headed into the net, but Tunisia protest as Ben Amor is booked for dissent
42′ – Freekick for Nigeria right in front of the box.
42 – Ifeanyi Mathew is fouled in a good position for Nigeria.
39 – Akaichi offside
37 – Corner Nigeria after Chikatara failed to make contact with a cross from the right
35 – Aggreh has struggled thus and we are yet to see those fast breaks down the flanks by Nigeria
34 – Tunisia have had more chances at goal but Nigeria looking dangerous on the counter.
32 – Another Nigeria attack breaks down
29 – Chikatara offside
27 – Nigeria’s Ezenwa makes another save, still Tunisia 0 Nigeria 0
25’ Mohamed Ai Monster stretchered off injured.
24 – Great dribble by Chikatara before he is fouled inside Tunisia half of the pitch
22′ – Tunisia’s Derbali Zieb injured, medics attended to him.
19 – Tunisia have so far looked the more enterprising of the two teams, but Nigeria look dangerous when they attack
17 – Tunisia player Tej blasts his shot into the stands
15′ – Tunisian forward, Ahmed Akaichi with a shot saved for a corner by goalie, Vincent Ezenwa.
13 – And at the other end of the pitch, Akaichi is blocked as Tunisia attack also
12 – Nigeria are now applying pressure and win a corner
12′ – Chikatara shot blocked after Muhammed Usman through ball.
11′ – Nigeria nearly takes lead. Tunisian defence does well.
8′ – Nigerian skipper Akas rolls on the turf after a challenge. 
7′ – Tunisia score but the referee says the ball went out for a goal kick. Still Tunisia 0 – 0 Nigeria
7 – Tunisia striker Akaichi caught offside
6 – Tunisia have already got down to their passing game
4 – The Eagles are yet to settle down as action is confined to their own half of the pitch
2 – Two fouls by Nigeria in quick succession
1 – Tunisia take the kick-off
Tunisian national anthem, followed by that of Nigeria.
Both teams step out. Tunisia in their traditional all-white with red trimmings and Nigeria all-green with white trimmings.
Joshua Bondo from Botswana will be the referee for today’s game.
The match kicks off at 2pm Nigerian time.
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has made three changes to his starting line up for this afternoon’s CHAN Group C clash with striker Chisom Chikatara, Austin Obaroakpo and Usman Mohammed all getting their first starts in Rwanda.

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