AFCON: Troost-Ekong fires Nigeria into Semi Final

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.

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 RĂ©douane 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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