The two West African powerhouses met and with a stellar line up, almost all playing in the overseas big leagues, Ivory Coast were favoured to go through. In comparison, Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi relied more on the local league and his gamble paid off as the Super Eagles posted a well deserved victory.
Emmanuel Emenike's well placed free kick fooled Boubacar Barry as Nigeria took the lead in the 43rd minute. After half time, Ivory Coast equalized as Cheik Tiote powered in a header from Didier Drogba's free kick. But it was Warri Wolves's Sunday Mba proving to be the hero as he drove forward and stunned Barry with a looping shot over his head for the winning goal and send Nigeria into the semi-finals.
15 years before, Mba's more famous namesake, Sunday Oliseh did the same against Andoni Zubizaretta leaving the Spanish goalie slack jawed as his fierce half volley led Nigeria over Spain, 3-2, in a stirring comeback in the 1998 World Cup group stage.