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Nigeria vs Ethiopia, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

Nigeria are just one step away from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup today. While Nigeria are favorites, Ethiopia will fight to try to qualify for the tournament for the first time in their history.

Programming note: Watch Nigeria vs Ethiopia today at 10am ET on beIN SPORTbeIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld  Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.

This tie is clearly Nigeria’s. They have advantages everywhere, from playing at home, leading 2-1, to a vast talent differential. The African Cup of Nations champions were the biggest favorites in any of the African ties going into the first leg, and that status hasn’t changed.

Nigeria should have all their European stars available for the first time since the spring, and only an implosion would stop them reaching Brazil.

Before, during or after today’s World Cup playoff, join the conversation in the comments section below.

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  1. Frill Artist

    November 17, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Kudos to Nigeria.

  2. Christopher Harris

    November 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations to Nigeria for being the first African team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup!

  3. Ivan

    November 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

    The penalty was questionable, but it’s been all Nigeria in the first half. They should be going to Brazil…I wonder how competitive this Nigeria side is going to be next summer.

    Ivory Coast and Ghana look like the 2 most dangerous African teams, no surprise there…

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