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Mikel Ecstatic After Win

Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel heaped praise on his side following their 2-1 win over Cote d'Ivoire in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Chelsea midfielder played a crucial role in the game as they stopped the Elephants from taking control in the middle of the park.

The Super Eagles had taken the lead through Emmanuel Emenike's first-half strike before Cheick Tiote equalised. Nigeria would not be denied though and a deflected effort from Sunday Mba decided matters as the Super Eagles progressed.

"We're very happy with our achievement," Mikel said after the game. "A big congratulations to Ivory Coast for their achievement so far in the tournament but today we knew that they’re a good team so if we were able to work together and play for each other on the pitch, then we could stop them.

"And that’s exactly what we have done today.

“We still have a semi-final to play. We have to keep taking each game one at a time and hopefully if we manage to play well like we did today, we will be very pleased with ourselves."

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