Goalflashes and major incidents (all times GMT):
1713: Full time Nigeria 1-0 Ghana
The final whistle goes with Taye Taiwo's brilliant strike separating the two teams. It was a touch, physical contest played in a good spirit. Both teams had good chances but Nigeria created more clear openings, particularly in the second half.
1706: Obafemi Martins runs at the Ghana defence and creates a shooting chance but is foiled by a good save from Sammy Adjei.
1702: GOAL Nigeria 1-0 Ghana
Taye Taiwo scores with a low long-range strike that nestles in the bottom corner after a free-kick is played across to him. Ghana keeper Adjei complains he was unsighted, while his defence failed to close down the Marseille defender.
1657: Nigeria introduce veteran striker Kanu, replacing Julius Aghahowa.
1655: Ghana defender Sammy Kuffour is stretchered off after he is accidentally punched in the head by his own goalkeeper.
1647: Another awful miss by Ghana - this time Matthew Amoah heads a cross wide from close range. The Nigeria defence seems to have gone to sleep.
1646: Karyea Kingston should have put Ghana in front. He has a free shot seven yards from goal but makes a poor contact and Vincent Enyeama makes a superb diving save.
1636: Joseph Yobo heads wide from a Nigeria corner, while Adjei saves from Chris Obodo. The Super Eagles have increased the tempo since the break and have forced Ghana on to the back foot.
1628: Adjei tries to collect the ball after a miskick in defence but Obafemi Martins reaches it first and hits the post from an acute angle. Nigeria have started well after the break.
1625: Osaze Odemwingie cuts inside and shoots from long range, his strike fizzing just wide of Sammy Adjei's goal.
1623: The second-half begins with Nigeria on the attack.
1604: Half-time: Nigeria 0-0 Ghana. An opening half full that came to life in the closing stages comes to an end.
Taye-Taiwo, Aghahowa and Wilson Oruma went close for Nigeria, as did Amoah and Stephen Appiah for Ghana, but much of the half was a battle for supremacy in midfield.
1600: Nigeria's Ayila Yussuf toe pokes over from 16 yards under pressure from the Black Stars defence. Adjei later saves from Oruma. Just before the half-time whistle Appiah went close for Ghana.
1556: Nigeria are enjoying a spell of pressure. Aghahowa creates a yard of space with a sharp turn and shoots just wide from 10 yards.
1553: Odemwingie forces Ghana keeper Adjei into action with a low strike. Minutes earlier Ghana got in behind the Super Eagles defence, but the Nigerian defence managed to clear the danger.
1545: Amoah threatens for Ghana with a long-range strike that curls just wide of the Nigeria goal with goalkeeper Enyeama stranded.
1542: Taye Taiwo comes close to giving Nigeria the lead with a thunderous free-kick from 30 metres that Ghana keeper Adjei does well to save. From the subsequent corner Adjei clumsily spills the ball.
1530: Nigeria look for striker Martins whenever possible, looking to the use his blistering pace. Defender Taiwo has the Super Eagles' first shot, but his weak effort is easily saved.
1525: Ghana win the first corner of the match, but Nigeria easily clear their lines.
1520: Both teams enjoy some early touches, while the sound of trumpets and drums helps to create a superb atmosphere inside the El-Masry stadium.
1515 GMT: The game starts, with Nigeria in green and arch rivals Ghana in white.
Referee: Essam Abdel Fattah (Egypt).