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World Cup playoff: Nigeria beats Ethiopia 2-1

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Emmanuel Emenike scored twice as African champion Nigeria came from behind to win 2-1 in Ethiopia in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Sunday.The Fenerbahce striker equalized in the

India TV News Desk [ Updated: October 13, 2013 22:00 IST ]
world cup playoff nigeria beats ethiopia 2 1
world cup playoff nigeria beats ethiopia 2 1

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Emmanuel Emenike scored twice as African champion Nigeria came from behind to win 2-1 in Ethiopia in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Sunday.






The Fenerbahce striker equalized in the 67th minute and then converted a 90th-minute penalty to give Nigeria an away victory after Behailu Assefa had surprisingly put the Ethiopians ahead in the 57th.

While Nigeria appears on course for a second straight World Cup appearance, the home loss was a serious blow to Ethiopia's hopes of qualifying for football's main event for the first time.

Emenike led a solid effort in Addis Ababa in Africa's final two-legged World Cup playoffs from a Nigerian team that also included Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Liverpool's Victor Moses. The second leg in Nigeria is Nov. 16.

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