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Nigeria 4-1 Mali: a battle of attacking left-backs

February 7, 2013
Nigeria 4-1 Mali: a battle of attacking left-backs

Nigeria qualified for the final by controlling the game in midfield and attacking with more speed. Stephen Keshi named an unchanged side from the XI that triumphed over the Ivory Coast at the quarter-final stage. Mali coach Patrice Carteron left out Samba Sow and Samba Diakite, with Mahamane Traore coming into the side on the left, and Mohamed...
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Spain 1-1 France: Deschamps’ formation switch results in late France dominance

October 17, 2012
Spain 1-1 France: Deschamps’ formation switch results in late France dominance

Spain failed to win for the first time in 25 qualification matches. Vicente del Bosque continued with Sergio Busquets at the back and Xabi Alonso as the sole holding player. David Silva started on the left, but went off injured after 13 minutes, replaced by Santi Cazorla. Didier Deschamps started with a single striker, Karim Benzema,...
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Argentina 3-0 Uruguay: Messi the main man

October 15, 2012
Argentina 3-0 Uruguay: Messi the main man

Argentina dominated the entire match, but took an hour to get the breakthrough. Alejandro Sabella kept a similar side to the XI that drew in Peru last month, with a couple of Manchester City players replacing a couple of recent Napoli players – Pablo Zabaleta replaced Hugo Campagnaro and Sergio Aguero returned in place of...
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Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast: Zambia win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on penalties

February 13, 2012
Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast: Zambia win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on penalties

Zambia completed an astonishing victory on penalties after a tight final.
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Zambia 1-0 Ghana: Ghana fail to break down deep opposition and Zambia subs win it

February 8, 2012
Zambia 1-0 Ghana: Ghana fail to break down deep opposition and Zambia subs win it

Emmanuel Mayuka came off the bench to score an excellent goal, and Zambia are in the final.
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