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African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
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Group D
3rd place
Algeria - Nigeria
While there has not been heard much of the Algerian side, Nigeria approach the first game confident and eager to win a third African title after 1980 and 1994. While the Nigerians might have to find their rhythm first,  their opponents probably will be able to perform as a unit from the first minute on. But the Algerians will have to rise to the occasion in attack and defence to convert this advantage into something countable.
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1st half:
-Nigeria in green, Algeria in white
-('1) after only 50 seconds Algeria have threatened the Shoronmu goal already twice but overexcited shooting spoils the first and bigger opportunity
-('6) Nigerians pass the ball around to get touches and start to establish a passing game
-('7) first yellow card against Oliseh after a foul
-('9) A fine trick by Okocha sets up Finidi who's cross creates a half chance for Agali
-('11) dangerous low free kick by Okocha perfectly saved
-('13) Jay Jay Okocha delights the crowd with a trick that enables him to set up a cross - which is ineffective evnetually
-('15) Okocha perfectly sets up Agali with a through ball but Agalis first touch is too much and the keeper reaches the ball before him
-Nigeria dominate the midfield, conquer balls and play through easily
-('20) Algeria: a quite good looking long range attempt by Kraouche, goes wide
-('21) Algeria: it would have been a huge opportunity for Tasfaout (who then blew the ball across the bar), but the ball was ruled out before the back pass which set him up
-('31) During the last 10 minutes the match has been nice to watch from both sides, but without clearcut chances
-('33) Okocha tries a surprise shot but the Algerian keeper well concentrated
-('34) Algeria: Saifi tries a good shot from close angle, wide
-('42) Algeria: Great run by Saifi who alone in front of Shoronmu (though on the half left) fires wide
-('43) Nigeria: Aghahowa does it much better: although still with a defender between him and the goal he drills the ball into the first corner from half right, 14 meters - 0:1

halftime 0:1
Two minutes with a perfect reflection of the Algerian problem: a smart way to keep the match open despite individual inferiority and to grab the opportunity and play out a clear cut chance but then waste it, and on the other hand not able to stop Aghahowa with two defenders.
Nigeria on a good way in their style of play but not with a concrete defence.

2nd half:
-('46) Kanu comes  on as a substitute
-('48) Kanu with his first chance from 6 meters but the keeper saves for a corner
-('49) Algeria: golden opportunity after a Saifi cross #3 is all free but heads the soft cross wide left, by half a meter. This should have been a goal.
-('53) Okocha ignites the crowd with his stylish play
-('55) Okocha heads wide after a sophisticated combination by the Super Eagles
-fine combinations, variable play by Nigeria - this looks promising, still they have to sort out their casual defending, unexpected attackers do not get marked sometimes
-('69) Kanu with a fine dribbling through, but his shot inaccurate, wide
-('72) Algeria: header after a free kick cross, but wide
-('74) Nigeria: Kano with a sharp low 20 meter strike but wide
-('77) great save by the Algerian keeper against an Oliseh shot after he had been set free by a great Okocha? play
-('78) Lawal and Babanjida come in for Okocha and Ayegbeni
-('82) Algerians sleep at a long free kick cross but Babangida's header is off target
-('85) Babangida storms down the right wing only to fire the ball well behind the goal instead of the cross he intended
-('87)('88)a collision between Udeze and Algerian #7 Belbey has interrupted the match, Belbey looks to have lost conciousness, some players look scared, he gets carried off, the match continues
-('90) Contact between West and Algerian #9 at the edge of the penalty area, the Algerian wants a free kick or penalty but does not get it
-more scares as the Algerian player gets carried away with an ambulance
-('Injury time) almost the second Nigerian goal after an attempted triangle play between Finidi, Babangida, and Aghahowa but a defender has a leg in between

final score 0:1
Nigeria starting to find their rhythm. If they continue like this it will take a very big team to stop them. Despite the vulnerabilities in defence.

match data as published by CAF Online:
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe) 
Ass. Rewferees: Gamal El Hawary (LBY), Farag Wagih (EGY)
Attendance: 10,000 
Scorer: Julius Aghahowa 43 
1-Lounes Gaouaoui, 3-Moulay Haddou, 13-Brahim Zafour, 20-Mahieddine Meftah, 21-Mohamed Bradja, 6-Yazid Mansouri, 4-Nasseredine Kraouche, 8-Billel Dziri (7-Omar Belbey 79), 9-Farid Ghazi, 10-Abdelhafid Tasfaout (15-Nassim Akrour 64), 18-Rafik Saifi (11-Kamel Kharkhache 85) 
Nigeria: 1-Ike Shorunma, 6-Taribo West, 5-Issac Okoronkwo, 14-Ifeanyi Udeze, 2-Joseph Yobo, 15-Sunday Oliseh, 10-Austin Okocha (11-Garba Lawal 79), 7-Finidi George, 17-Julius Aghahowa, 8-Yakubu Aiyegbeni (13-Tijani Babangida 79), 9-Victor Agali (4-Nwankwo Kanu 46), 
Algeria: 4-Nasseredine Kraouche (34), 21- M. Bradja (85)
Nigeria: 15- Sunday Oliseh (8)


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