Thursday June 20, 2013 1st Round: Group B Finished Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova

Nigeria 1 - 2 Uruguay

  • Mikel 37’
  • Lugano 19’
  • Forlán 51’

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  1. Confederations Cup - Forlan winner leaves Uruguay on cusp of last four

    Confederations Cup - Forlan winner leaves Uruguay on cusp of last four

    Diego Forlan scored the winner in his 100th match for Uruguay in a 2-1 win over Nigeria in Confederations Cup Group B. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Nigeria
    • Uruguay
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! All over. A 2-1 win for Uruguay, who will surely reach the last four now. Forlan the hero.
    • 90+4' Cavani with the chance to end it for Uruguay, but Godfrey Oboabona does enough to make the tackle.
    • 89' We are heading into five minutes of stoppage time.
    • 88' Muslera wallops the goalkick long down the park. Uruguay on the cusp of a 2-1 win.
    • 87' Mikel tackled by Pereira. Was that late? Looked a bit harsh. Mikel out to Ambrose, but he lifts the cross miles over the bar. Goalkick to Uruguay.
    • 86' Nigeria on the move then from deep. But they are lacking the same burst of energy they possessed in that first period.
    • 85' Going to be another change coming for Uruguay with Pereira arriving to replace Rodriguez.
    • 84' Mussab needing a spot of treatment here before this free-kick can be taken. Clock against Nigeria at the moment.
    • 83' Coates is going to be booked after felling Mussab with a late challange. Free-kick to Nigeria 25 yards from the Uruguay goal.
    • 82' Godfrey Oboabona scampers up the park before drilling his shot a couple of yards wide of goal.
    • 81' Suarez looks far from happy after being taken off by his manager.
    • 80' Change coming for Uruguay as Sebastian Coates arrives to take over from Suarez.
    • 79' Suarez earns his side a goalkick as he thumps the loose ball off a green shirt. Goalkick then to Uruguay.
    • 78' He is suffering from a clear lack of pace out there. That much is obvious. Nigeria have a corner here.
    • 77' Akpala taken out by Lugano off the ball, and that is a clear yellow card. He will be suspended for the match against Tahiti.
    • 76' Does not look like a man who has scored 33 goals for Napoli this season. An obvious lack of confidence.
    • 75' Forlan dinks the free-kick into the middle. Free header from Cavani, but he heads miles wide of the goal. What an awful finish that is. He was onside.
    • 74' A booking then for Akpala for taking out Suarez with a late challenge.
    • 73' Akpala has replaced Ideye for Nigeria.
    • 72' Muslera off his line to make a punched clearance under pressure. Nigeria going for it here.
    • 71' Bit of afters between Lugano and Omeruo in the box there, but Uruguay are awarded the free-kick.
    • 70' Ambrose with a decent run and cross, but Ideye can't turn and finish. A let-off for Urugauy there.
    • 69' What a truly awful finish from such a prodigious talent. Baffling to say the least.
    • 68' Cavani with the chance to bury this match alive, but he thumps the shot miles over the bar from 12 yards. Should have been game, set and match there and then.
    • 67' Godin with a timely intervention to win the ball from Mussab's pass. Had to get that one right.
    • 66' Cavani looking a bit out of sorts tonight despite Uruguay's lead. Other things on their mind perhaps?
    • 65' Forlan had not scored in his last 12 internationals, but wins his 100th cap against Nigeria and scores on such an important occasion.
    • 64' Sunday Mbah replaces Ogu for Nigeria.
    • 63' Ahmed Musaab in another decent position out wide, but he rushes the delivery from the cross ball. All too easy for Uruguay.
    • 62' Ideye Brown tries to hooks an overhead kick into the corner of the net, but is a couple of yards out with that attempt.
    • 61' Ambrose knocks the ball out of play after Caceres went down with an injury.
    • 60' Michel Babatunde has been booked for a late challenge on Rodríguez.
    • 59' Ogu almost on the end of a corner, but Gonzalez is well placed to make the clearing header. Right on time.
    • 58' The Nigeria fans trying to rouse their side as Gonzalez blocks the Elderson cross.
    • 57' Uruguay keeping the ball with some purpose. The white shirts looking so, so comfortable.
    • 56' Ideye Brown given no chance of keeping the ball in play out wide. Nigeria have to recover their gait here.
    • 55' Ahmed Musaab heads the ball out of play after challenging Pereira. Uruguay continue to lead Nigeria 2-1 here.
    • 54' Despite their impressive recent record, the Super Eagles have only kept four clean sheets in their last 15 games. That has been the problem tonight.
    • 53' The Uruguay fans are loving it, loving it, loving it. Little wonder. Vintage stuff from Forlan.
    • 52' Gonzalez sees a shot come back off a green shirt. A third Uruguay goal now may well and truly kill this match stone dead.
    • 51' GOAL! Suarez to Cavani to Forlan, who thumps a magical shot high into the net. Brilliant finish. Ambrose caught miles out of position.
    • 50' Nigeria are unbeaten in their last 18 games. Their last defeat came in May 2012, 1-0 against Peru in Lima.
    • 49' Uruguay pick up the ball back in their own half. Godfrey Oboabona makes a fine tackle to win it back from Suarez.
    • 48' Michel Babatunde sees a volley blocked before Cavani is fouled, but Uruguay fail to benefit from the free-kick in the opposition half.
    • 47' Ambrose wallops a shot at goal from distance, but straight into the arms of Muslera. Decent handling skills there.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second half.
    • 45+3' There goes the whistle for the break! A fine and enjoyable first period. 1-1 is probably about right.
    • 44' We are into three minutes of time added on. Omeruo needing some treatment. Nigeria down to 10 men as we speak.
    • 43' Kenneth Omeruo also in there looking for the header. He needs some treatment.
    • 42' Mussab with a corner. Ideye heads back across goal, but Muslera does just enough to flip the ball over his bar. So close to a second Nigeria goal. Actually came off Godin last.
    • 41' Nnamdi Oduamadi takes over from Nnamdi Oduamadi, who is obviously injured here.
    • 40' Nnamdi Oduamadi seems to have run his race for the evening. He is getting carted off the pitch for some treatment.
    • 39' Musaab pressing up the park, but Muslera just whacks the ball out of his own box. Cavani not happy after he seemed to be caught by a late elbow.
    • 38' This match is bubbling up nicely. Both teams have had their moments so far.
    • 37' The Nigeria fans certainly enjoying their night out so far. As is the Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who is doing plenty of pointing.
    • 36' Ogude puts the ball out of play. Nnamdi Oduamadi on the deck again needing treatment here.
    • 35' More loose play by Lugano, but Mussab screws the shot wide of goal. Nigeria right back in the hunt.
    • 34' GOAL! Mikel scores for Nigeria. Beats Lugano before thumping home the finish. And the African champions are level. Fine finish. 1-1 here. No more than they deserve.
    • 33' Ideye Brown escapes his markers to fire a shot at goal. Comes off Lugano before spinning wide off the target. And Nigeria have a corner here.
    • 32' Godin doing just enough to clear a dangerous cross. Nigeria looking very sharp every time they get the ball out wide.
    • 31' Elderson does well to win the ball from Pereira before clearing from deep in his own half.
    • 30' Nnamdi Oduamadi has suffered a late one on the ankle. He is stretchered off the park.
    • 29' Nnamdi Oduamadi is needing some treatment here after being tackled by Arevalo.
    • 28' Uruguay would join Nigeria on three points if they win this match. But the South Americans finish against Tahiti. Nigeria conclude against Spain. Gulp.
    • 27' But another poor, poor free-kick as Muslera just picks the loose ball out of the air.
    • 26' Nnamdi Oduamadi clipped late by Gonzalez. Free-kick chance again for Nigeria deep in the Uruguay half.
    • 25' Ambrose just keeps the ball in after embarking on a run from Mikel's pass. Ambrose showing some real pace on the break.
    • 24' Forlan with the corner, but Nigeria do enough to defend their box. Maxi Pereira then lifts the ball out of play trying to find Forlan.
    • 23' Caceres does well to chest the ball back to Muslera in the Uruguay goal. Ambrose nods behind his own goal at the other end. Corner to Uruguay.
    • 22' Uruguay and Nigeria are meeting for the first time in a competitive match. John Obi Mikel is playing in his 50th match for Nigeria.
    • 21' Vincent Enyeama makes a good stop from the hit by Cavani only for the Napoli striker to be ruled offside.
    • 20' GOAL! Lugano slips the ball into the net after Forlan's cross was missed by Cavani. Not a great finish, but it slides beyond Vincent Enyeama, who is well beaten in the end.
    • 19' Ambrose blocks the cross from Forlan and Uruguay will have a corner. This match warming up nicely.
    • 18' Uruguay are unbeaten in 11 competitive matches against African countries: with seven wins, and four draws.
    • 17' Ahmed Musaab bangs a snapshot wide of goal. Well wide in the end, but Nigeria beginning to find their feet in this match.
    • 16' Caceres forced to get in ahead of Nnamdi Oduamadi to clear after some superb wing play by Mussab.
    • 15' Ideye Brown wide of goal with his effort from distance. And that will be a goalkick to Uruguay.
    • 14' Ahmed Musaab taken out of the action late by Lugano. And that will be another free-kick here to Nigeria from 25 yards.
    • 13' Ideye Brown really drills a free-kick at goal. Plenty of power on that effort, but Fernando Muslera gets down to make the stop at the second attempt.
    • 12' Ahmed Musaab smashes a shot wide of goal after Nigeria really went at Uruguay at pace. Uruguay look slightly sluggish at the back.
    • 11' Cavani heads over from eight yards out from Forlan's corner. On we go with the scoreline at 0-0.
    • 10' Mikel knocks away Forlan's corner for another corner. Four corners in the opening moments for the South Americans.
    • 9' Cavani caught offside as he nudges the ball wide from Forlan's chipped free-kick. Uruguay have a corner seconds later.
    • 8' Godin with the foul there, but the chance is wasted as Mikel blasts the free-kick miles over the bar from out wide. Surely had to swing that free-kick in there.
    • 7' Ahmed Musaab is fouled on the run out wide and Nigeria will have a free-kick here. Chance to load the opposition box.
    • 6' An offside flag goes up against Cavani with Nigeria caught a bit square at the back. No doubt that Uruguay's pace is providing some problems.
    • 5' Bit of pushing in the box by Lugano and Nigeria will have the free-kick in their own box. On we go with the scoreline at 0-0.
    • 4' Suarez turning away from a green shirt, but is clipped late by Fegor Ogude before Uruguay earn a corner to be dropped in by Forlan. Uruguay starting strongly.
    • 3' Vincent Enyeama tips the effort by Cristian Rodriguez over his bar. Fine hit from distance and Uruguay have a corner here.
    • 2' Odds for this one in case you fancy a flutter: Nigeria 7/2, Uruguay 4/5, Draw 5/2.
    • 1' Uruguay get the action off and running. Not a full house in for this match, but should be an interesting one. Uruguay can't afford to lose or they will be heading for home.
    • 10:57 Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay): "If Spain thrashed Italy and Germany, why should they not beat Uruguay? They are a team that imposes their conditions and are playing in a tournament that they have unfinished business with. The next match, against Nigeria, is the most important of all, if we win then I think we have a chance of being in the semi-finals."
    • 10:55 Stephen Keshi (Nigeria coach): "The performance I expected from the players was not what they gave [against Tahiti]. They did better than that against Mexico and Namibia and I expect them to even do more when they play Uruguay on Thursday. There are no injuries to the players, because I have already lost four players [Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Ogenyi Onazi and Kalu Uche]."
    • 10:50 Uruguay make three changes with Diego Forlan, Alvarao Gonzalez and Egidio Arévalo all in from the start. Southampton playmaker Gaston Ramirez drops to the bench.
    • 10:45 Nigeria bring Dynamo Kiev striker Brown Ideye into the attack despite putting six past Tahiti, but otherwise coach Stephen Keshi has no new injuries.
    • 10:40 The referee is Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands.
    • 10:35 Teams: Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ogude, Mikel, Musa, Ogu, Oduamadi, Ideye...subs: Ejide, Egwueke, Akpala, Mohammed, Kwambe, Ujah, Babatunde, Eze, Mba, Benjamin, Agbim/////Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres, Arevalo Rios, Gonzalez, Rodriguez, Forlan, Suarez, Cavani..subs: Castillo, Coates, Gargano, Pereira, Eguren, Hernandez, Aguirregaray, Lodeiro, Perez, Ramirez, Scotti, Silva.
    • 10:30 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Nigeria against Uruguay in their second matches of this Confederations Cup. Nigeria know a win tonight will seal their place in the last four. Uruguay can't afford to lose.
  • Summary

    • 83' Coates is going to be booked after felling Mussab with a late challange. Free-kick to Nigeria 25 yards from the Uruguay goal.
    • 77' Akpala taken out by Lugano off the ball, and that is a clear yellow card. He will be suspended for the match against Tahiti.
    • 75' Forlan dinks the free-kick into the middle. Free header from Cavani, but he heads miles wide of the goal. What an awful finish that is. He was onside.
    • 74' A booking then for Akpala for taking out Suarez with a late challenge.
    • 70' Ambrose with a decent run and cross, but Ideye can't turn and finish. A let-off for Urugauy there.
    • 68' Cavani with the chance to bury this match alive, but he thumps the shot miles over the bar from 12 yards. Should have been game, set and match there and then.
    • 60' Michel Babatunde has been booked for a late challenge on Rodríguez.
    • 51' GOAL! Suarez to Cavani to Forlan, who thumps a magical shot high into the net. Brilliant finish. Ambrose caught miles out of position.
    • 42' Mussab with a corner. Ideye heads back across goal, but Muslera does just enough to flip the ball over his bar. So close to a second Nigeria goal. Actually came off Godin last.
    • 34' GOAL! Mikel scores for Nigeria. Beats Lugano before thumping home the finish. And the African champions are level. Fine finish. 1-1 here. No more than they deserve.
    • 20' GOAL! Lugano slips the ball into the net after Forlan's cross was missed by Cavani. Not a great finish, but it slides beyond Vincent Enyeama, who is well beaten in the end.
    • 3' Vincent Enyeama tips the effort by Cristian Rodriguez over his bar. Fine hit from distance and Uruguay have a corner here.

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