Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria score in last minute to beat South Africa 2-1 for semi-final spot


William Troost-Ekong’s purpose keep Nigeria into the semi-finals

William Troost-Ekong scored a dramatic leisurely winner to ship Nigeria into the Africa Cup of Countries semi-last at the expense of South Africa.

Samuel Chukwueze hit the opener as he controlled Alex Iwobi’s harmful, sooner than scoring at the second attempt.

Bongani Zungu equalised with a header at the starting up dominated out for offside sooner than VAR replays showed a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the manner to him.

Nevertheless Udinese’s Troost-Ekong bundled home from terminate vary leisurely on to comprehend it.

His elevate out turned into once into an empty net after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams fully disregarded Moses Simon’s nook.

Nigeria face Ivory Dash or Algeria in Sunday’s second semi-last (20:00 BST).

The Expansive Eagles fetch been deserved winners and led by Villarreal teen Chukwueze’s first purpose for his nation. They must mute fetch been forward by extra when Williams pushed Peter Etebo’s free-kick onto the bar.

Zungu’s purpose turned into once the first in the Africa Cup of Countries given by the VAR, which has steady been presented for the quarter-finals. It looked offside at the starting up but Percy Tau’s free-kick hit Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on the manner on to Amiens midfielder Zungu’s head.

The sport looked position for time beyond regulation sooner than Williams flapped at a harmful to leave Troost-Ekong with a straightforward elevate out.

Senegal, whobeat Benin 1-0earlier on Wednesday, play both Madagascar or Tunisia in the opposite semi-last.

Everyone conception it turned into once offside – prognosis

BBC World Provider’s Gash Cavell at the Cairo International Stadium

Potentially the ideal lead to the discontinue.

All three needs fetch been reasonably scrappy. The main one for Chukwueze took a deflection.

Then South Africa’s equaliser attributable to the VAR decision, which turned into once a tiny of historic past right here. Everyone in the stadium conception it turned into once offside – that turned into once what the linesman flagged for – however the replay proved VAR turned into once fundamental, correct and cost doing consequently of it proved the ball had approach off Ighalo and no longer Thulani Hlatshwayo, and so it stood.

Nevertheless South Africa didn’t attain sufficient to comprehend this – they fetch been caught between trying to pump it lengthy and trying to cross it around a in fact precise Nigerian defence.

And it turned into once Troost-Ekong who turned into once at the center of that defence and scored the winner. Nigeria had class by the side though – Iwobi had one other eminent recreation, as did Etebo and Chukwueze.

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