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AFCON: Troost-Ekong Fires Nigeria into Semi Finals

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AFCON: Troost-Ekong Fires Nigeria into Semi Finals

AFCON: Troost-Ekong Fires Nigeria into Semi Finals

Nigeria secured their place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after defeating South Africa 2-1 in a quarter-final match on Wednesday night.

The Super Eagles grew into the match with Collins looking lively down the left-hand side and he was involved when the deadlock was broken in the 27th minute.

Bafana failed to clear the Germany-based full-back’s low cross and Chukwueze pounced, beating South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams from close range to make 1-0 to Nigeria.

AFCON: Troost-Ekong Fires Nigeria into Semi Finals

Bongani Zungu scored with a header from Percy Tau’s free-kick with lanky midfielder netting his scored goal of the tournament, but it was ruled out for offside.

Match referee Rédouane Jiyed then consulted with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and the goal was awarded to make it 1-1 with 19 minutes left on the clock.

However, Bafana lost concentration in the closing stages of the game and they were punished by Troost-Ekong.

An unmarked Troost-Ekong fired home from second-half substitute Simon’s corner-kick in the 89th minute, after Williams failed to claim the ball, to seal Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over South Africa.

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