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Home arrow Soccer arrow US and Nigeria hold their breath (USA 1-0 Nigeria Final)
US and Nigeria hold their breath (USA 1-0 Nigeria Final) PDF Print E-mail
Written by FIFA SPORTS   
Sep 18, 2007 at 12:33 AM

Tension levels could hardly be higher ahead of the last round of action in Group B. All four teams go into their final game with a mathematical chance of reaching the China 2007 quarter-finals and, given the right set of results, all four could even end up with the same points total. Unsurprisingly then, the United States will be eager to end the suspense by securing a draw at the very least, but their opponents are sure to be in determined mood. Nigeria need to win by three clear goals to control their own destiny, and if they do win by a smaller margin they will be dependent on the result between Korea DPR and Sweden.

NigeriaStatisticsUSA
10Shots16
1Corner kicks4
1Yellow cards0
0Red Cards0
57%Possession (%)43%

PLAY BY PLAY

 The final whistle sounds.
90' +4' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of USA.
90' +4' Nigeria effort on target is saved.
90' +1' Nigeria concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.
90' +1' USA take a corner kick.
89' USA have a shot blocked.
88' Nigeria commit a foul.
88' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of Nigeria.
88' USA effort on target is saved.
85' Nigeria are penalised following a foul.
85' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of USA.
85' Nigeria effort on target is saved.
84' TARPLEY (in) comes off the bench to replace LILLY (out) (USA)
83' CHUKWUDI (in) comes off the bench to replace UWAK (out) (Nigeria)
83' USA concede a free-kick following a challenge on a Nigeria player.
82' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of Nigeria.
82' USA effort on target is saved.
82' USA have a shot blocked.
77' ELLERTSON (in) comes off the bench to replace RAMPONE (out) (USA)
76' USA strike their free-kick wide.
76' Nigeria commit a foul.
75' Nigeria effort goes wide of the target.
73' USA are penalised following a foul.
68' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of Nigeria.
68' USA effort on target is saved.
67' Nigeria concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.
66' USA commit a foul.
65' USA are penalised following a foul.
64' OSBORNE (in) comes off the bench to replace LLOYD (out) (USA)
62' Nigeria concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.
61' Nigeria commit a foul.
61' Nigeria have a shot blocked.
59' Nigeria effort goes wide of the target.
58' Nigeria have a shot blocked.
57' USA swing in the corner.
56' Nigeria take a corner kick.
54' Nigeria are penalised following a foul.
54' Nigeria effort goes wide of the target.
53' USA concede a free-kick following a challenge on a Nigeria player.
52' USA effort goes wide of the target.
52' Nigeria have a shot blocked.
49' USA effort goes wide of the target.
49' Nigeria commit a foul.
47' Nigeria are penalised following a foul.
 The second half kicks off.
 The referee brings the first half to an end.
45' +2' Nigeria concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.
45' USA commit a foul.
43' USA effort goes wide of the target.
43' USA swing in the corner.
43' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of Nigeria.
43' USA effort on target is saved.
42' Nigeria effort goes wide of the target.
41' USA effort goes wide of the target.
40' Nigeria are ruled offside.
36' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of Nigeria.
36' USA effort on target is saved.
34' Nigeria are penalised following a foul.
32' Nigeria are caught offside.
29' USA concede a free-kick following a challenge on a Nigeria player.
27' Nigeria commit a foul.
25' USA strike their free-kick wide.
24' Nigeria are penalised following a foul.
22' USA take a corner kick.
22' CHIEJINE (in) comes off the bench to replace IGBO (out) (Nigeria)
21' Nigeria concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.
20' USA effort goes wide of the target.
18' Nigeria commit a foul.
16' USA are penalised following a foul.
14' COLE (Nigeria) is booked by the referee.
14' Nigeria concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.
13' Nigeria commit a foul.
13' Nigeria effort goes wide of the target.
8' USA have a shot blocked.
7' Nigeria are penalised following a foul.
5' USA concede a free-kick following a challenge on a Nigeria player.
5' USA commit a foul.
4' Nigeria are ruled offside.
1' (0 - 1) CHALUPNY (USA) scores.
 The match kicks off.

The game
Nigeria v USA, Shanghai, Tuesday 18 September, 20:00 (local time)

The stakes
While a draw would guarantee USA a ticket to the last eight, the Nigerians have no choice but to chase a three-goal victory. If they fail to win by that margin or more, it will be time to get out the calculators.

The players
With neither team handicapped by injuries or suspensions, both coaches boast a full squad.

The past
The Americans have triumphed every time the two sides have met, and usually in some style too. They overwhelmed Nigeria 7-1 at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999, for example, as well as beating them 5-0 at USA 2003 and registering a 3-1 win at the 2000 Olympic Football Tournament.

The words
We're still on course to qualify. The USA are just another team we have to take on and if we can play at the level we know we're capable of, we can definitely win this game - Effiom Ntiero, Nigeria coach

We were back to our best against Sweden and Abby Wambach is in excellent form. Now we're fully concentrating on our last match and it will be important to keep ourselves on the same track and dictate the tempo - Kristine Lilly, USA midfielder


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