1 NET – 7 GOALS

Home-Eagles-11111-300x224At halftime, I was asking myself; “there has to be a reason why this game (Nigeria VS Morocco) was included in my halftimeng.com This Weekend “must-see” games. That must-see game is what brought about the title for my write-up, 1 net, 7 goals as all the seven well taken goals all went into the back of the same net. Heard of that popular saying “One-blow-seven-die”? Keshi threw the punch, the Atlas lions were at the receiving end unfortunately.

It all didn’t start well for the Super Eagles with the Moroccans asking virtually all the questions in the early exchanges and all of a sudden, three goals had gone in 7 minutes.

images33′ GOAL 1 – Nigeria gave away possession cruelly and some quick touch passing between the Moroccan found Moutaouali who chips the ‘keeper to make it 1-0.

images37′ GOAL 2 – The Moroccans won a free-kick just outside the box and the man that was brought down stepped up to take the free kick and it was a splendid strike! Well curled in with Agbim having no chance!

images40′ GOAL 3 – Mohsine Moutaouali got his second goal  in seven minutes as he slices in a low drive which strikes the inside of the upright and roles into the back of the net.

The Nigerian defence was in shambles, at halftime it was Morocco 3, Nigeria 0; that was enough to make anyone switch off the tv set, enough to make the supporters leave the stadium, enough to make any football folk spank me for labelling this game as a “must-see”…

But if you had the inner belief like me or you follow the game so passionately like I do, you would definitely want to see the outcome.

Second half got underway with the Moroccans playing with much confidence and the Nigerians looked desperate to give their coach a befitting birthday present (Keshi turned 52 last Thursday) *winks*but this “excited” goal post wanted to “dance  Four minutes into the second half, the comeback begun..

images49′ GOAL 4 – The Super Eagles pulled one back with a toe-poke by Uzochukwu who initially controlled the cross with his chest, 3-1 and it’s game on!

images55′ GOAL 5 – Rabiu Alli smashes home a volley on the edge of the 18-yard area to make it 3-2! Are you kidding me? Are we going to see a repeat of the Uefa Champions League final in 2005 (AC Milan VS Liverpool)?

And the simple answer was YES!!!

images90’ – GOAL 6 – After about 34 minutes of anxious wait and a lot of spurned chances by the Super Eagles, Ejike Uzoenyi – the man that scored Nigeria’s winning goal against South Africa strikes. His shot rattles the underside of the bar to go into extra time and the Super Eagles had come from three goals down to draw level.

After 90 minutes of play, it finished Morocco 3-3 Nigeria. Extra time to follow. What happened to the Moroccans? – One-blow-Seven-Die”

images111′ GOAL 7 – Nigeria turn the game completely on it’s head. Lamyaghri fails to hold onto his ball and Ibrahim pounces on it and snatches onto it.

imagesAnd from there, no story!!! Nigeria are through to the semi-finals of the CAF African Nation Championships after coming back from three goals down to win 4-3 in extra-time! Keshi had orchestrated another brilliant comeback, his second in 4 years when his then Mali side came back from four goals down to draw 4-4 with 2010 AFCON hosts, Angola.

If you didn’t see this classic, you definitely missed it and you might as well have partaken in the “One-blow-seven-die” hit…..

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
http://www.halftimeng.com

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