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CAN ’10: Day 3— Egypt v Nigeria

Posted in Uncategorized by 00000000 on January 12, 2010

I (and possibly Steev as well) will be here from around 11:00 AM (5:00 PM Angola time) onwards with LIVE updates on this clashing-together of The Giants Of Group C™. Judging from the Copa’s results so far, this one is likely to end up with the Super Eagles the winner by 17 goals to 12. Or it will be 0-0.

While you’re waiting, admire these thrikers from today’s probable national heros, Mohamed Zidan and Obafemi Martins:

SV: Grey text updates mean its me, Steev, nudging into the frame and offering up some realtime commentary. Here are the team sheets for both squads:

Egypt: El Hadary, Fathallah, Said, Moawad, Gomaa, Fathi, Abd Rabou, Ghaly, Hassan, Zidan, Moteab.
Subs: Abdoul-Saoud, El Mohamady, Salem, El Sakka, Eid, Tawfik, Gedo, Wahid,
Shikabala, Abdelshafy, Raouf, Hamdy.

Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo, Taiwo, Nwaneri, Mohammed, Mikel, Yussuf, Uche, Etuhu, Obasi Ogbuke, Yakubu.
Subs: Ejide, Apam, Echiejile, Kaita, Kanu, Martins, Obinna, Odemwingie, Odiah, Olofinjana, Shittu, Aiyenugbu.

And we’re underway! Egypt are confidently stroking the ball around these first 5 minutes, and Zidan has just slapped in the first shot on goal…parried over the bar by Enyeama.

12 min: 1-0 NIGERIA!!! …after a confidence-building pinged pass move from Nigeria, Hoffenheim forward Chinude Obasi Ogbuke loses his man, pushes the ball off to his left foot and THUMPS, yes THUMPS it in from the top of the box. EAT THAT!

32 min: (here’s Nate in black) I’m just popping in here late, but the action is looking pretty lively. Zidan does some great work down the left and almost thrikes one into the back of the net, very similarly to the above-posted youtube video. Apparently Obi Mikel has been peppering his forwards with very pretty passes.

33 min: EGYPT 1-1 NIGERIA!!! Moments after Taiwo got forward on the left side and Uche flashed a shot wide, it’s Egypt on the counterattack! A quick bit of service from the Egypt keeper finds Emad Moteab loitering just on-side near a dithering Nigerian centerback…Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama came waaaay out trying to beat Moteab to the ball, but he jinked right past him and tapped into an empty net.

Jink! Egypt 1-1 Nigeria

45+1 min: Obi Mikel aims a free kick from the far right towards the near post, forcing a smart save from Egypt keeper Al-Hadary. And that does it for the first half.

HALF TIME Egypt 1-1 Nigeria- And I’ll spend this little break seriously considering getting this pay-per-view thing, having seen VERY LITTLE of this game, at VERY LOW resolution so far…

A more robust crowd for the first match held in Benguela

For instance, Steev just informs me that was Taiwo and not Mikel with the half-ending free-kick. Geeeez. No, worries about the confusion Nate…similarly spikey heads, both players lacking necks, it could happen to any commentator really.

2ND HALF! and it appears as though Egypt are playing their 3-5-2 formation, giving them lots of midfield coverage. Nigeria are so far doing well to minimize the benefits of this midfield monopoly/overpopulation.

53 min—GOAL! Egypt 2-1 Nigeria: Despite their robust midfield, Egypt have had a hard time passing their way through the sturdy Nigerian formation, and are so far doing much better with a Liverpudlian long-ball-to-brilliant-frontman approach, with Zidan playing the Egyptian Torres. Zidan receives a pass, tricks his way around the Nigerian defender before neatly cutting back for Hassan to smash it into the far corner, thanks also to a deflection off Taiwo.

59 min: The Pharaohs should have had a third there, as Yobo plays Moteab onside, who receives a pass nicely before blazing over the bar when he really should have scored.

59 min: What Nate said, basically! Zidan is starting to thread some really smart balls through to the forwards. A sneaky chipped through ball (admittedly NOT from Zidan) sneaks Moteab in (behind who I thought was Taiwo?) but he sails his one-on-one chance over the crossbar. It’s good to tackle this from multiple viewpoints, surely between the two of us we’ve gotten a few things factually correct, god bless.

70 min: Nigeria manager Amodu is doing a bad impression of insouciance on the sidelines.

71 min: A couple of minutes ago Nigeria made their first change…striker for striker swap with Uche (who had his moments) making way for Victor Nsofor Obinna. Now Egypt bring on Gedo for defensive midfielder Hosni…coach Hassan Shehata trying to kill things off here?

75 min: “Viertel stunde noch,” says my German commentator. Taiwo BLAZES a DAISY-TRIMMER (as I think they might be called), a rolling, tumbling scythe of an herbicidal ball from 20 yards out that El-Hadary does well to fall onto. The Egypt keeper then rolls about as if he ate too much cake. Maybe he pulled something? Ah, he looks OK now.

78 min: Here comes Kanu to save his countrymen! “Who needs Abutreika when we’ve got Kanu”… or something. Mikel makes way.

79 min: Is there a Nwankwo Kanu birther movement? Supposedly 33 years old, he won the European Cup with Ajax back in 1995! LET’S SEE THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!

88 min— GOAL! Egypt 3-1 Nigeria: Nigeria are really looking without direction or focus. Kanu lets himself be easily robbed of the ball in the Egypt half, starting a counter-attack as Nigerian defenders scramble back. Moteab is left unmarked and is easily found with a lateral ball, this time on target with a simple finish into the far corner.

90+2 min: Timewasting. My English announcer informs me that Egypt keeper Essam El Hadary is famous for his celebrating and that he is known for “dancing on the crossbar”.

PEEEEEEEEEEP!!! That is that…Egypt grab 3 points and come back from a goal down to win their CAN debut. Zidan and Emad Moteab looked particularly impressive, and a nice confidence builder for Gedo to score as a substitute. The Nigerians had most of the ball and looked stronger for 20 minutes or so, but didn’t look particularly incisive in attack. Though Nigeria are without points, one would think their fortune will improve against Benin and Mozambique…

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