Nigeria face Uruguay in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on Thursday night, with a semi final berth at stage for the African champions.

The Super Eagles hammered minnows Tahiti in their first game, winning 6-1 to take top spot, on goal difference, ahead of world and European champions Spain. And they will be desperate to win this game and book progress, given they must still play Vicente Del Bosque's outfit.

Meanwhile, Uruguay must recover after a poor performance against Spain in their first game. The two-time World Cup champions were beaten 2-1 but, in reality, the score could have been a lot less flattering. Oscar Tabárez has work to do to ensure a semi final berth; a win against Tahiti in their final game will not be enough on its own, assuming they do beat the Polynesian Islands nation.

Tahiti v Nigeria

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Kick-off is set for 11pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC Three. Real time commentary and updates are available on FIFA's Confederations Cup Web site, here.


Nigeria were below-par against Tahiti. This seems a strange statement to make, considering they won 6-1 but the Super Eagles missed several gilt-edged opportunities and had the Tahitians' attack been more incisive, as Uruguay's is likely to be, they might have conceded more than the odd goal.

Having said this, Stephen Keshi will have been pleased with that result. And he will expect his men to build from an excellent platform. They still have to play Spain, so a win here could be priceless.

A draw might be enough too but that could place qualification in jeopardy - assuming Uruguay go on to beat Tahiti in their final game and Nigeria loses to Spain, Uruguay and Nigeria will be tied on four points apiece and goal difference will come into play.

And on that score, as things stand, Nigeria have a handsome advantage over Uruguay, and Spain, for that matter.

For their part, the South Americans will want to play as they did in the final 20 minutes against Spain. Tabárez has the attacking quality to trouble any defence in the world, with Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez all top-class strikers. The question is - can he motivate the Copa America champions?

The key could be controlling the midfield. If Walter Gargano can get stuck in and dominate the centre of the park, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez, Alvaro Pereira and the others could be afforded a touch more freedom to attack and that could prove the difference.

Uruguay v Spain

Team Form


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
    • Last Match: Tahiti 1 - 6 Nigeria


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W L D
    • Last Match: Spain 2 - 1 Uruguay

Team News

Dynamo Kiev striker Ideye Brown may get a start as Keshi looks to attack. Anthony Ujah may be the man to drop out. Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will be key to providing balance against a dangerous Uruguay team.

Probable Line-Up: Enyeama; Ambrose, Oboabona, Omeruo, Echiejile; Ogude, Mikel, Mba; Oduamadi, Ideye, Mussab

Tabárez has hinted he will name an unchanged side for this game. Suarez and Cavani will probably lead the line for the South Americans.

Probable Line- Up: Muslera; Pereira, Godín, Lugano, Cáceres; Ramírez, Gargano, Pérez, Rodríguez; Suárez, Cavani