Nigeria defeats Tunisia 6-5

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Nigeria defeated defending champion Tunisia 6-5 on penalties to reach the African Cup of Nations semifinals after a 1-1 draw.

Nigeria defeats Tunisia 6-5

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Nigeria defeated defending champion Tunisia 6-5 on penalties to reach the African Cup of Nations semifinals after a 1-1 draw. Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama saved the deciding shot from Tunisia captain Riadh Bouazizi. "It was very important for us to win. We came here to win and we're very happy. It's a huge achievement for me," Nigeria's John Obi Mikel said. Hits and misses Taye Taiwo, Obinna Nsofor, Obafemi Martins, Mikel, Enyeama and Nwankwo Kanu scored for Nigeria in the shootout, while Joseph Yobo and Yusuf Ayila missed. For Tunisia, Hamed Namouchi, Haykel Gmamdia, Clayton, Ali Boumnijel and Amir Haj Massaoud scored, while Adel Chedli, Slim Benachour and Bouazizi missed. Nigeria scored the first goal of the game in the sixth minute when Nsofor struck from outside the area after a half clearance by Tunisia goalkeeper Boumnijel. The Carthage Eagles appeared to be shaken by the goal, and were subject to almost constant pressure from Nigeria. Luck factor "A penalty shootout can go either way. In everything you do, you need a bit of luck. We're happy," Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen said. He added that Nigeria saw the tournament as compensation for not qualifying to this year's World Cup in Germany. Tunisia had a chance to bring the game level in the 15th after Joseph Enakarhire brought Ziad Jaziri down in the area, but Clayton's penalty was saved by Enyeama. Lineups: Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama, Joseph Yobo, Taye Taiwo, Chidi Odiah (Obinna Nwaneri, 97), Joseph Enakarhire, John Utaka (Nwankwo Kanu, 59), John Obi Mikel, Obafemi Martins, Yusuf Ayila, Stephen Makinwa (Garba Lawal, 90) Nsofor Obinna. Tunisia: Ali Boumnijel, Karim Hagui, Sofiane Melliti (Slim Benachour, 68), Hamed Namouchi, Ziad Jaziri, Hatem Trabelsi (Amir Haj Massaoud, 46), Silva dos Santos (Haykel Gmamdia, 80), Riadh Bouazizi, Adel Chedli, Radhi Jaidi, Clayton. (AP)

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