Monday November 18, 2013 Friendlies Finished Craven Cottage

Italy 2 - 2 Nigeria

  • Rossi 12’
  • Giaccherini 47’
  • Dike 35’
  • Ameobi 39’

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  1. International friendlies - Ameobi scores stunner as Nigeria hold Italy

    International friendlies - Ameobi scores stunner as Nigeria hold Italy

    Shola Ameobi scored a superb goal in a pulsating friendly as Italy and Nigeria drew 2-2 at Craven Cottage in London. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Italy
    • Nigeria
    • The whistle blows for the end of the match and what a match! Somehow it’s 2-2. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+2' Straight up the other end Nigeria have a three on two! Emenike twists and turns and finally his shot is blocked.
    • 90+1' Chance Italy! Poli shoots straight across the face of goal and somehow it evades Cerci.
    • 90' We have two added minutes here. Thought there would be more.
    • 89' Lovely turn and shot from Diamanti on the edge of the box and again Enyeama forced to palm it away. Great stuff.
    • 88' Mikel is booked for dissent as he bounces the ball away in protest at an Italy free kick.
    • 87' Lovely play again from Italy. Maggio plays it back across the face of goal but it’s just behind Poli!
    • 86' Foul by Emenike on Maggio and again Italy have a free kick. Pirlo swings it in but easy for Enyeama.
    • 85' Pirlo over it but Diamanti takes and it canons back off the crossbar! How it’s 2-2 nobody knows.
    • 84' Poli wins a free kick right on the edge of the box and this is another excellent chance. Surely Pirlo.
    • 83' Attendance: 15,267
    • 82' Pirlo takes the free kick but it’s an easy one this time for Enyeama. There haven’t been many.
    • 81' Ogu blocks Balotelli and goes into the book for the foul.
    • 80' Pinball in the Nigeria box and Parolo looks certain to score but his shot is deflected over. It’s a chance a minute at the moment.
    • 79' Foul by Onazi on Diamanti and Italy have another dangeorus position. Pirlo delivers and Enyeama paddles it behind unconvincingly.
    • 78' Neither team sitting back content with a draw. It’s been breathtaking stuff.
    • 77' Great cross from Maggio to Balotelli at the far post. He should score but fluffs his lines.
    • 76' Italy sub: Poli for Giaccherini. Nigeria sub: Moses off for Ideye
    • 75' Musa has another shot and draws the best from Sirigu! Emenike then hits the side netting!
    • 74' Lovely play from Musa. He feeds Ogu and he arrows a shot for the corner that Sirigu does well to push wide! Moses then has a chance and Italy scramble it behind.
    • 73' Nigeria force a corner. Italy do well to clear the danger and break again. No let up.
    • 72' Great pass from Diamanti for Balotelli and he shoots just wide of the far corner! Close again.
    • 71' Nigeria still playing with a lovely pace. They’re not laying back for a draw.
    • 70' Into the last 20 minutes now. Still plenty more goals in this one you feel.
    • 69' Another lovely pass from Pirlo to Giaccherini but Egwuekwe covers across well.
    • 68' Super ball from Diamanti for Cerci. He works an angle but shoots wide of the corner.
    • 67' So we will have a fair amount of time to add on here, about five minutes. Nobody will complain about that.
    • 66' Indeed Ejide does come off and Enyeama comes on.
    • 65' Italy sub: Cerci on for Candreva
    • 64' Nigeria sub: Dike off for Musa, Ameobi off for Emenike
    • 63' Ejide is down and getting treatment so a hold up in play. He’s produced some fine saves and won’t want to come off.
    • 62' Italy beginning to get on top as the chants of ‘Italia! Italia!’ ring around Craven Cottage. Great atmosphere here.
    • 61' Lovely ball from Diamanti for Parolo and he shoots against the base of the post! Still 2-2 but no idea how.
    • 60' Giaccherini shoots and it’s deflected for a corner. There are certainly more goals in this one!
    • 59' A late challenge by Moses and it’s a free kick to Italy. They should be 3-2 up. Then again they could be about 6-2 up.
    • 58' Pirlo takes. It’s a cracking effort and Ejide keeps it out. It falls straight to Parolo four yards out and somehow he puts it over! What a chance.
    • 57' Balotelli caught on the edge of the box. Yellow card for Egwuekwe but a dangerous situation.
    • 56' Nigeria break now and Ameobi wins a corner. Still end to end stuff.
    • 55' Pirlo straight into the action. He is caught and then pings a wonderful crossfield ball. A joy to watch.
    • 54' So that’s an attacking change for Italy. They won’t be content with a draw.
    • 52' Italy subs: Rossi off for Diamanti, Motta off for Parolo, Montolivo off for Pirlo.
    • 51' Moses plays it in and it’s a great delivery that evaded everyone. It’s a corner but any touch and Nigeria would be ahead again. Ogu heads just wide! Close.
    • 50' Italy look in the moods again. Balotelli’s cross cut out by Ogu. Moses drives forward and wins a free kick after being caught by Ranocchia. The pace has not let up!
    • 49' So Italy bounce back in this cracking game. Candreva caught offside.
    • 48' GOAL Italy! It only took them a couple of minutes. Candreva feeds Giaccherini and he slots home his third goal for Italy.
    • 47' Tremendous save Ejide from Balotelli’s snap shot! Well the second half has started well!
    • 46' Big penalty shout! Again Balotelli goes down but it looked as if Benjamin won that won well. Corner.
    • 45' Nigeria sub: John Ogu on for Oduamadi.
    • 45' We’re back underway here at Craven Cottage. The first half was an absolute cracker so let’s hope for more of the same.
    • HALF TIME: Italy 1-2 Nigeria. Don’t go away!
    • 45' Moses searches for Dike but it’s just too heavy. One added minute.
    • 44' We’ve had an incident packed first half. It could easily be 5-2 to Italy but Nigeria lead and they are feeding off this vociferous crowd support in little Craven Cottage. Dramatic turn around.
    • 43' Great flick down and shot from Balotelli and he lets fly on the edge of the box with a cracking effort and luckily Ejide was in the way! It hit him and flew away.
    • 42' What a turnaround we’ve had here and it feels like a Nigeria home game.
    • 41' Moses hungry for more as he forges into the box. Nigeria suddenly look rampant.
    • 40' GOAL Nigeria! Hardly believable as Shola Ameobi volleys past Sirigu from Benjamin’s cross. Wow.
    • 39' That was so close to being 2-1 to Nigeria in minutes after Italy have totally dominated this match. Funny old game.
    • 38' Mikel feeds Moses in space and he shoots. Sirigu is falling the wrong way as it deflects just past the post!
    • 37' It’s only Dike’s second full cap and that came from absolutely nowhere. Game on again.
    • 35' That was Bright Dike’s first goal for Nigeria.
    • 34' GOAL Nigeria! That was against the run of play and Craven Cottage erupts! A great cross from Ameobi and Dike heads it past Sirigu.
    • 33' Italy could be out of sight in this one but Nigeria are still in the game. Another lengthy spell for Italy.
    • 32' Montolivo feeds Balotelli and he’s through on goal. He shoots but it’s a good save by Ejide, Nigeria’s second choice keeper.
    • 31' Motta feeds Pasqual but Rossi gives it away cheaply. Ameobi almost nips past Ranocchia but the defender does well.
    • 30' Italy force a corner. Candreva takes and it falls to Giaccherini who tries to bend one into the top corner but it’s well over the bar.
    • 29' Great turn by Onazi cheered by the crowd. He ships it wide to Ameobi and he swings in a cross come shot that Sirigu just catches underneath the bar.
    • 28' Moses takes but Candreva hoofs away into the stands. Still Nigeria press.
    • 27' Dangerous cross by Kwambe but Ogbonnia clears the danger. Moses wins a Nigeria corner. Good spell for the Super Eagles.
    • 26' Oduamadi onside in a good position but he squanders possession that has been few and far between.
    • 25' Balotelli takes it himself but shoots it straight into the wall. Nigeria riding their luck.
    • 24' Balotelli too strong for Oboabona and he is wrestled to the floor after turning the defender. Dangerous free kick position.
    • 23' Pasqual caught by Dike who plays his football in the US for the Portland Timbers. Back come Italy through Motta.
    • 22' Great interplay between Giaccherini and Montolivo and his shot is wide of the far post. Another well worked chance.
    • 21' Rossi’s goal still the difference in Prandelli’s 50th game on the Azzuri bench. Giaccherini caught by Kwambe. Free kick.
    • 20' Nice work by Victor Moses down the left but Candreva holds him up well. Better from Nigeria and a good little spell but Sirigu claims the cross.
    • 19' Great work from Candreva. He feeds Maggio but his cross is headed clear by Egwuekwe. All Italy still and Nigeria can’t escape their own half. Candreva booked for an earlier challenge on Moses.
    • 18' Back come Italy again through Balotelli. His cross just too strong for Giaccherini. Nigeria lucky to be just 1-0 down.
    • 17' Space for Pasqual down the right but he overcooks his cross and it drifts away just over the crossbar. Good crowd in tonight.
    • 16' Italy look to be well on top at the moment. Oduamadi has some medical attention after a knock but runs back on. Good burst from Maggio down the right but the ball just runs away from him.
    • 15' Nigeria give the ball away cheaply to Rossi and he has options. He passes inside to Balotelli but Egwuekwe just gets in the way. Looked to be goalbound.
    • 14' Now Nigeria come forward and Onazi shoots and it’s punches away by Sirigu. Great friendly so far!
    • 13' Balotelli goes down in the box under a challenge from Oboabona and it’s another huge penalty shout.
    • 12' That was Rossi’s first goal for Italy since November 2011.
    • 11' GOAL ITALY! And it’s that man Rossi. Eleven goals in Seria A and now one today as he calmly lifts it over Ejide from Balotelli’s pass.
    • 10' Penalty shout! Giaccherini strides into the box and goes down. Martin Atkinson thinks carefully about it before waving play on.
    • 9' Moses pulled back by Candreva. Free kick to Nigeria.
    • 8' Candreva shoots but it deflects off Onazi. Nigeria win it back and get a throw. Mikel calmly plays it back.
    • 7' Montolivo tries to feed Balotelli but it’s well cut out by Oboabona. Good flow to the game.
    • 6' Really bright start here at Craven Cottage in this second meeting between the sides. Already quite open.
    • 5' Italy win a free kick. Rossi swings it in but Nigeria clear.
    • 4' This is Prandelli’s 50th game on the Azzuri bench but during Cesare Prandelli's tenure, Azzurri have not won a game on neutral soil: 3 draws and 4 losses.
    • 3' Moses almost catches Sirigu unawares but the Italian keeper scrambles across to save. Almost embarrassing.
    • 2' Dike then caught by Motta. Free kick to Nigeria.
    • 1' A bright start for Nigeria. Dike bursts down the wing but Italy clear his cross.
    • So we’re underway here at Craven Cottage and this should be an entertaining fixture to warm the fans on a cold evening in South West London.
    • 19.40 Cesare Prandelli: "This team can certainly improve and we've got to focus on having the right fitness levels in Brazil.”
    • 19.35 So Cesare Prandelli has decided to partner the in-form Giuseppi Rossi with Mario Balotelli up front in a strong looking team. Nigeria also looking to attack with Premier League talent on show in the form of Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi and John Obi Mikel.
    • 19.30 TEAMS: Italy: Sirigu, Maggio, Pasqual, Motta, Candreva, Ranocchia, Montolivo, Giaccherini, Rossi, Ogbonnia, Balotelli /// Nigeria: Ejide; Kwambe, Oboabona, Egwuekwe, Francis; Mikel, Onazi; Dike, Oduamadi, Moses; Ameobi.
    • 19.25 Cesare Prandelli's side are in a rich vein of form having been unbeaten in Group B of the European section. They last played on Friday against Germany at the San Siro Ignazio Abate cancelling out a Mats Hummels strike to earn his side a 1-1 draw and maintain Italy's record of having not lost to the Germans since 1995.
    • 19.20 Both teams have already booked their tickets for the World Cup in Brazil with Nigeria sealing qualification thanks to a 2-0 win against Ethiopia in Calabar on Saturday. Italy were one of the first teams through to the finals after a 2-1 win against the Czech Republic back in September.
    • 19.15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the international friendly as Italy take on Nigeria at Craven Cottage. Kick off 19.45 GMT.
  • Summary

    • 89' Lovely turn and shot from Diamanti on the edge of the box and again Enyeama forced to palm it away. Great stuff.
    • 85' Pirlo over it but Diamanti takes and it canons back off the crossbar! How it’s 2-2 nobody knows.
    • 81' Ogu blocks Balotelli and goes into the book for the foul.
    • 80' Pinball in the Nigeria box and Parolo looks certain to score but his shot is deflected over. It’s a chance a minute at the moment.
    • 77' Great cross from Maggio to Balotelli at the far post. He should score but fluffs his lines.
    • 75' Musa has another shot and draws the best from Sirigu! Emenike then hits the side netting!
    • 74' Lovely play from Musa. He feeds Ogu and he arrows a shot for the corner that Sirigu does well to push wide! Moses then has a chance and Italy scramble it behind.
    • 72' Great pass from Diamanti for Balotelli and he shoots just wide of the far corner! Close again.
    • 61' Lovely ball from Diamanti for Parolo and he shoots against the base of the post! Still 2-2 but no idea how.
    • 58' Pirlo takes. It’s a cracking effort and Ejide keeps it out. It falls straight to Parolo four yards out and somehow he puts it over! What a chance.
    • 57' Balotelli caught on the edge of the box. Yellow card for Egwuekwe but a dangerous situation.
    • 51' Moses plays it in and it’s a great delivery that evaded everyone. It’s a corner but any touch and Nigeria would be ahead again. Ogu heads just wide! Close.
    • 48' GOAL Italy! It only took them a couple of minutes. Candreva feeds Giaccherini and he slots home his third goal for Italy.
    • 47' Tremendous save Ejide from Balotelli’s snap shot! Well the second half has started well!
    • 46' Big penalty shout! Again Balotelli goes down but it looked as if Benjamin won that won well. Corner.
    • 43' Great flick down and shot from Balotelli and he lets fly on the edge of the box with a cracking effort and luckily Ejide was in the way! It hit him and flew away.
    • 40' GOAL Nigeria! Hardly believable as Shola Ameobi volleys past Sirigu from Benjamin’s cross. Wow.
    • 38' Mikel feeds Moses in space and he shoots. Sirigu is falling the wrong way as it deflects just past the post!
    • 34' GOAL Nigeria! That was against the run of play and Craven Cottage erupts! A great cross from Ameobi and Dike heads it past Sirigu.
    • 32' Montolivo feeds Balotelli and he’s through on goal. He shoots but it’s a good save by Ejide, Nigeria’s second choice keeper.
    • 22' Great interplay between Giaccherini and Montolivo and his shot is wide of the far post. Another well worked chance.
    • 19' Great work from Candreva. He feeds Maggio but his cross is headed clear by Egwuekwe. All Italy still and Nigeria can’t escape their own half. Candreva booked for an earlier challenge on Moses.
    • 15' Nigeria give the ball away cheaply to Rossi and he has options. He passes inside to Balotelli but Egwuekwe just gets in the way. Looked to be goalbound.
    • 14' Now Nigeria come forward and Onazi shoots and it’s punches away by Sirigu. Great friendly so far!
    • 13' Balotelli goes down in the box under a challenge from Oboabona and it’s another huge penalty shout.
    • 11' GOAL ITALY! And it’s that man Rossi. Eleven goals in Seria A and now one today as he calmly lifts it over Ejide from Balotelli’s pass.
    • 10' Penalty shout! Giaccherini strides into the box and goes down. Martin Atkinson thinks carefully about it before waving play on.
    • 19.30 TEAMS: Italy: Sirigu, Maggio, Pasqual, Motta, Candreva, Ranocchia, Montolivo, Giaccherini, Rossi, Ogbonnia, Balotelli /// Nigeria: Ejide; Kwambe, Oboabona, Egwuekwe, Francis; Mikel, Onazi; Dike, Oduamadi, Moses; Ameobi.

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    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

  • Nigeria

    Manager: Stephen Keshi

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