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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 12:34 GMT
Clockwatch: Nigeria 0-1 Ivory Coast
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1451: FULL-TIME Nigeria 0-1 Ivory Caost
The final whistle goes and the Ivory Coast are into their first Nations Cup final since 1992 and Nigeria crash out at the semi-final stage for the third time running.

1450: Jay-Jay Okocha hurls in a long thrown-in but it is dealt with by the Ivory Coast defenders.

1448: The Ivory Coast have the ball and are simply passing it around trying to run down the clock.

1447: Nigeria have just four minutes of injury time to find an equaliser.

1445: Didier Drogba weaves his way into the Nigerian box but his shot is wide, he does however find time to encourage the Ivorian fans behind the goal to get behind the Elephants.

1444: Jean-Jacques Tizie bravely dives at the feet of Obafemi Martins to get the ball before the striker can get his shot away.

1437: The Nigerians are pressing and get two corners in quick succession but cannot create a chance.

1436: Jay-Jay Okocha slams the free-kick into the Ivorian wall.

1435: The Ivory Coast's Didier Zokora gets a yellow card for his foul on Sani Kaita ten yards outside the Elephants' area.

1433: Arouna Kone replaces Bonaventure Kalou for the Ivory Coast.

1432: There is a long ball aimed at Julius Aghahowa for Nigeria but Kolo Toure makes a timely challenge to get the ball away from him.

1431: Nigeria make a change up front with Julius Aghahowa replacing Nwankwo Kanu.

1430: A great Ivory Coast move ends with Marc Zoro crossing the ball in from the right towards Didier Drogba who has a free-kick given him against him for climbing.

1423: The Ivory Coast replace Emmanuel Eboue with Marc Zoro.

1422: Didier Drogba is given off-side as he appears to have a chance of a second goal.

1421: Joseph Enakarhire is shown a yellow card for a deliberate trip from behind on Koffi Ndri Romaric.

1419: Another shot comes in from Jay-Jay Okocha that takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner. Nigeria make another substitution with Stephen Makinwa coming on for Peter Odemwingie.

1417: Jay-Jay Okocha fires in a free-kick over the Ivory Coast wall but Jean-Jacques Tizie gets across easily to catch the ball.

1416: The Ivory Coast bring on Emerse Fae for Gilles Yapi Yapo.

1411: Jay-Jay Okocha makes his first appearance at this year's Nations Cup for Nigeria as he comes on for John Mikel Obi.

1410: The Ivory Coast's Gilles Yapi Yapo gets the first yellow card of the game after mistimed challenge on John Mikel Obi.

1403: GOAL Nigeria 0-1 Ivory Coast
A long ball over the top evades Joseph Enakarhire, who seems to misjudge the flight of the ball, and it drops to Didier Drogba in acres of space and he calmly puts the ball between Vincent Enyeama's legs to score.

1402: Nigeria kick off the second-half of the semi-final against the Ivory Coast, no changes for either side but Jay-Jay Okocha is stretching on the sidelines for the Super Eagles.

1345: HALF-TIME Nigeria 0-0 Ivory Coast
It has been an open yet evenly matched first-half with both sides creating chances.

1345: Koffi Ndri Romaric swings in a cross for the Ivory Coast but Bonaventure Kalou's glancing header goes straight to Vincent Enyeama in the Nigerian goal.

1343: Two minutes of injury time are added to the end of the first-half.

1341: Peter Odemwingie makes a great cross from right for Nigeria but none of their strikers can get a head to the ball.

1336: The Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure makes a neat sidestep to avoid a Nigerian player and get the ball to Koffi Ndri Romaric who shoots from a long way out but the ball goes harmlessly past the post.

1331: Ivory Coast get the ball into Bonaventure Kalou who has his back to the goal and he tries a cheeky flick over his shoulder under pressure from Joseph Enakarhire but the ball goes straight to Vincent Enyeama.

1323: Taye Taiwo takes a free-kick from outside the area that hits the Ivory Coast wall and John Mikel Obi's follow up shot finds its way through but Jean-Jacques Tizie gathers the ball after an initial fumble.

1319: Both sides are passing the ball well and have had chances to open the scoring in an evenly matched opening 20 minutes.

1313: Nwankwo Kanu makes a great pass to Peter Odemwingie who is inside the Ivory Coast area but after some fancy footwork his shot is well wide of the target and is cleared by Emmanuel Eboue.

1310: Obafemi Martins gets into the Ivory Coast area but takes too long on the ball and Abdoulaye Meite makes a crucial tackle before the striker can shoot.

1310: Yaya Toure breaks forward for the Ivory Coast and has a long range effort at goal that goes wide.

1307: Emmanuel Eboue is back on for the Ivory Coast.

1306: Didier Drogba goes for goal from the free-kick and his dipping shot is on target and is well saved by Vincent Enyeama.

1304: The Ivory Coast's Emmanuel Eboue is fouled by Sani Kaita on the edge of Nigerian area and the Arsenal defender is stretchered off the pitch.

1259: Koffi Ndri Romaric has the first shot on target as he is put into the Nigerian area but his angled shot is straight at Vincent Enyeama who gathers the ball easily.

1258: The Ivory Coast get the first semi-final of the African Cup of Nations underway against Nigeria in Alexandria.

1240: The 30,000 seater Harras El-Hedoud Stadium in Alexandria is about half full as the drums of the Ivory Coast fans are trying to drown out the brass band of the Nigerian fans.

Nigeria start with Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Odemwingie and Sani Kaita in place of Yusuf Ayila, Stephen Makinwa and John Utaka

The Ivory Coast make four changes with Abdoulaye Meite, Koffi Ndri Romaric, Gilles Yapi Yapo and Bonaventure Kalou starting in place of Blaise Kouassi, Kanga Akale, Emerse Fae and Arouna Kone.

Teams:

Nigeria: 1-Vincent Enyeama, 6-Joseph Enakarhire, 5-Chidi Odiah, 3-Taye Taiwoo, 2-Joseph Yobo, 22-Sani Kaita, 8-John Obi Mikel, 4-Nwankwo Kanu (captain), 9-Obafemi Martins, 14-Obinna Nsofor, 20-Peter Odemwingie.

Ivory Coast: 1-Jean-Jacques Tizie, 3-Arthur Boka, 21-Emmanuel Eboue, 12-Abdoulaye Meite, 4-Kolo Toure, 22- Koffi Ndri Romaric, 10-Gilles Yapi Yapo, 19-Yaya Toure, 5-Didier Zokora, 11-Didier Drogba (captain), 8-Bonaventure Kalou.

Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa).




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