Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Cape Town
Morocco
3-4
Nigeria
Moutouali (33', 40'), Iajour (37')
Kerrouchy (69'), El Bahri (88'), Oulhaj (106')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Meshark Uzochukwu (49'), Ali (56'), Uzoenyi (90'), Ibrahim (112')
Kunle (70'), Ali (74')

Result: Nigeria reach semis after dramatic comeback against Morocco

Bright Dike of Nigeria celebrates scoring the first goal during the international friendly match between Italy and Nigeria at Craven Cottage on November 18, 2013
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Nigeria beat Morocco in the African Nations Championship quarter-final with a dramatic second-half comeback.

Abdulbakar Ibrahim's extra-time goal capped a remarkable comeback for Nigeria, who came from three goals down to get the better of Morocco and advance to the African Nations Championship semi-finals.

Morocco looked set to coast into the last four after three goals in seven first-half minutes, along with a defensive meltdown from Nigeria, left them with what appeared to be an unassailable lead.

Their opening goal involved Abdelkadir El Ouadi, who set up Mouhssine Moutouali and the midfielder slipped the ball beyond Chizogie Agbim on 33 minutes.

With Nigeria reeling, their opponents nabbed a second goal thanks to Mouhssine Iajour's low, dipping free kick from the edge of the area.

The Super Eagles' hopes of progression seemed over when El Ouadi again linked up with Moutouali, before the winger unleashed a low drive beyond Agbim.

However, the half-time break seemed to reinvigorate Nigeria and Ifeanyi Ede had pulled a goal back within four minutes of the restart.

On 55 minutes, Ede turned provider when he headed down a cross for Kabiu Ali, who rifled the ball home to give the Super Eagles hope of an unlikely comeback.

Their equaliser came in dramatic fashion when Ejike Uzoenyi picked the ball up on the edge of the area and, after beating two players, unleashed a fierce shot that hit the underside of the bar and nestled in the back of the net.

After forcing extra time, Uzoenyi continued to threaten the Morocco defence, seeing one shot saved and providing a chance for Ali, which was squandered in the first period.

However, Nigeria's winning goal came with eight minutes left as Uzoenyi's cross was horribly spilled by keeper Nadir Lamyaghri. The ball fell into the path of Ibrahim and, from two yards, he gifted Nigeria a place in the last four.

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