Australia v Nigeria - Live Match Update


Full time - Australia 1-0

92'+ corner to Nigeria, ball goes high into area and Schwarzer is clearly fouled, as the ball comes back in and goes into the back of the net. No goal.

91'+ Terrific interplay between McDonald and Carle with Carle's shot saved by Aiyenugba.

Two minutes of injury time

90' Nigeria free kick 30 metres out, but shot is well wide.

Three minutes to go, so Australia need to concentrate.

81' good possession play by Australia, ends with a Valeri shot that deflects for a corner.

76' McDonald misses good chance, but ruled offside.

74' Australia almost punished on the counter, when they struck the post, although he was in an offside osition in any case.

72' Carle to Carney, who cuts back onto his right and shot is struck nicely but goes over the bar.

Nigeria sub - Okonkwo - Taiwo on

66' Carney tries another long range bomb, goes just over the top corner... his confidence is soaring

64' Another terrific move down the left with Carney released, his cross is just cleared by defence in front of McDonald.

63' Nigeria sub - Odemwingie off - Uche on

57' Okonkwo YC

What a strike by the Sheffield United midfielder. Ball cleared from a cross to Carney 25 metres out, takes one touch and and smashes a sweet shot that gave Aiyenugba no chance.

52' Goal - David Carney

It's raining very heavily at Craven Cottage.

47' Carney put clear into penalty box, shot on the angle is well saved down low.

46' Half time sub - Chipperfield off - Jacob Burns on

Half time 0-0

45' Emerton magnificent diagonal ball for Kewell, who can't quite bring down on chest towards goal... his cross eventually cut out.

43' Nice interplay by Nigeria, sees Makinwa with clear sight on goal, but Schwarzer to rescue again with terrific stop.

39' Schwarzer saves from Odemwingie, ball cleared by Valeri with two Nigerians bearing down on goal.

35' From corner, ball comes out to Wilkshire and his low shot is just inches wide.

34' Carle denied by a terrific save by Aiyenugba, ball heading for top corner.

28' Schwarzer magnificent save, when shot deflects off Neill and he somehow changes direction and flicks the ball onto the top of the bar. Nearly the classic sucker punch, with Australia dominating the chances on goal.

27' Kewell is showing all his skills so far in this game.

25' Australia with a quick counter, but Carney's low cross is too hard for McDonald, who was racing to the back post.

22' Carle gets a half chance, but shot saved by Aiyenugba

22' Kewell put through by McDonald, keeper comes out to smother and then gets up and blocks McDonald's follow up shot.

20' McDonald wins free kick 20 metres out... Emerton's shot is pushed wide by keeper.

19' Carney cross is needlessly put out for corner by Nigeria... Carle's cross cleared.

15' Kewell magnificent turn 25 metres out, gets a sight on goal, but shoots over bar.

12' corner to Australia, ball is dropped by keeper, but Australia unable to get an clean shot on goal.

11' Carle to Kewell, little back heel to Carney, but he can't quite get good contact and after the ball bounces around, Carney ruled offside.

8' Nigeria controlling possession at the moment

3' McDonald wins a corner... cleared, played back in by Carney and McDonald has a great chance to open scoring, but heads wide with goal open.

2' Kewell wins free kick near corner flag... curled in but after series of headers is cleared.

Australia v Nigeria

Craven Cottage, London - kick-off 2am (AEDST)


Australia: Mark Schwarzer (gk); Brett Emerton, Lucas Neill, Michael Beauchamp, Scott Chipperfield, Carl Valeri, Luke Wilskhire, David Carney, Nick Carle, Harry Kewell, Scott McDonald

Nigeria: Aiyenguba (gk); Afolabi, Shittu, Emeghara, Eromoigbe, Etuhu, Okonkwo, Ayila, Martins, Odemwingie, Makinwa