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Nigeria Defeat South Africa To Reach AFCON 2019 Semi-finals



William Troost-Ekong scored a dramatic late winner to send Nigeria to the semifinal of the African Cup of Nations at the expense of South Africa.

Samuel Chukwueze hit the first game while controlling the cross of Alex Iwobi, before scoring on the second attempt.

Bongani Zungu equalized with a header that was initially ruled out for offside before the VAR replays showed that a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the way to him. But Udinese’s Troost-Ekong packed at home from close range to win.

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His final was in an empty net after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams completely missed the corner of Moses Simon. Nigeria faces Ivory Coast or Algeria in the second semifinal on Sunday (20:00 BST).

The Super Eagles were deserved winners and led through Villarreal’s first goal, Chukwueze, for their country. They should have been more advanced when Williams pushed Peter Etebo’s free-kick into the bar.

Zungu’s goal was the first in the Africa Cup of Nations awarded by the VAR, which has just been presented for the quarterfinals. He seemed out of the game initially, but Percy Tau’s free-kick hit Nigerian Odion Ighalo on the way to the head of Amiens midfielder Zungu.

The game seemed to be ready for extra time before Williams beat on a cross to leave Troost-Ekong with a simple ending, reports the BBC. Senegal, which beat Benin 1-0 on Wednesday, plays against Madagascar or Tunisia in the other semifinal.