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Nigeria Into Final Qualifying Round

A goal each from Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses saw Nigeria beat Malawi 2-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The win sees Nigeria top their qualifying group with 12 points and consequently progress into the final qualifying round for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

It was a cagey opening 45 minutes for the home side who struggled to find their rhythm and created very few chances on goal.

In fact, Nigeria looked a little nervy and were often hassled off the ball by a Malawian side that seemed intent on disrupting the Super Eagles play as they tried to cause an upset that would see them into the final stages of World Cup qualifying.

However, as the first half was coming to an end the Super Eagles came good and found some form.

They finally strung a good passage of play together that resulted in Emenike giving Nigeria the lead in injury time of the first stanza with a clinical finish.

It was a long ball from the midfield that Emenike controlled well inside the box before chipping it past the Malawi goalkeeper, 1-0.

The second 45 saw the Super Eagles control the game from the word go and it was only a matter of time before they found their second goal.

The home side confirmed their dominance on the match as Victor Moses doubled their lead six minutes after the restart with a coolly slotted penalty-kick goal, 2-0.

Any hope of a Malawian comeback were further reduced when hey were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Limbikani Mzava who was shown his second yellow card in the 53rd minute.

Nigeria seemed content to play keep ball thereafter and held on for what was a relatively comfortable win.

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