Monday 29 January 2018

Home Eagles through to CHAN semi final after coming from behind to beat Angola

The home-based Super Eagles fought back from a goal down to beat Angola 2-1 after extra-time in the quarter-finals of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Tangier, Morocco on Sunday.
Vladimir Va’s goal looked to be enough to send Angola through but Anthony Okpotu scored a late goal to send the game into extra-time and in second half extra-time, Ikechukwu Gabriel scored the winner to send Nigeria into the last four.

The Home Eagles should have taken the lead just seconds into the game through Okpotu, who was played through on goal and was one-on-one with the Angolan keeper Mavanga Landu but lost his footing.

Angola had their first attempt on goal a minute later through Braullo Nary but his header from a corner went just over the bar. Angola eventually took the lead in the 55th minute after Danladi’s poor clearance ricocheted off Va and sailed over Ezenwa and into the net.

In the 91st minute, the Eagles equalised thanks to Okpotu who slammed the ball past the Angolan keeper off a flicked header from Ali from a long ball from Osas Okoro to send the game into extra-time. Nigeria went 2-1 up on 110 minutes thanks to Gabriel who beat the Angolan keeper at his far left after brilliant footwork on the edge of the box.

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