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African champions Nigeria qualified for their fifth World Cup finals after they beat Ethiopia 2-0 at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Nigeria in their World Cup Qualifying play-off.

Goals from Victor Moses and Victor Obinna in either half saw the Super Eagles run out winners.

Nigeria started the game having won the first-leg 2-1 in Addis Ababa a month ago.

In the third minute Efe Ambrose had a chance for Nigeria but his first time shot from just outside the area sailed wide to the left.

Nigeria had another chance in the sixth minute but Emmanuel Emenike's shot was well saved by Sisay Basa Bancha low down.

In the 13th minute Salahdin Said had a good effort for Ethiopia but his shot from the right went across the goal and wide.

Nigeria were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute when Aynalem Hailu Reda was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

Victor Moses stepped up to take the spot kick, and made no mistake as he slotted it into the bottom right corner to make it 1-0 as Bancha went the wrong way.

In the 25th minute Shimeles Bekele went down in the Nigerian box, but the referee wasn't interested.

In the 30th minute Moses tried a shot from outside the box, but Bancha was able to parry it away.

Less than a minute later Brown Ideye had a chance at the far post, but his header went just wide.

In the 43rd minute Ogenyi Onazi forced Bancha to make a good save from his shot from outside the box. Emenike had a chance following up, but his shot flew over.

Just before halftime Ethiopia's Alula Girma tried a long shot, but it went just wide to the left, and the score remained 1-0 to Nigeria at the break.

Ethiopia had another call for a penalty in the 52nd minute when Said went down, but once again the referee waved played on.

Bekele made a good run into the box a minute later, but Vincent Enyeama did well to rush out and save at his feet.

Said went down in the box again in the 68th minute, but this time the referee cautioned him for simulation.

In the 82nd minute Nigeria confirmed their trip to Brazil when substitute Victor Obinna Nsofor scored a great goal from a set piece, the ball flying past a flapping Bancha to make it 2-0 on the day, and 4-1 over both legs.

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