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AFCON 2019: Super Eagles soar over Bafana Bafana

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Nigeria secured a 2-1 victory over South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match in Egypt on Wednesday night to reach the semi-finals.

Gernot Rohr made two changes to the team that faced Cameroon in the Round of 16 encounter which the Super Eagles won 3-2 on Saturday.

Ola Aina was replaced by fit-again full-back Jamilu Collins on the starting line-up, while Samuel Chukwueze ousted fellow attacker Simon Moses.

The three-time Africa champions took the lead through Samuel Chukwueze in the first half but a second half header from South Africa’s Bongani Zungu leveled the scores.

The goal was awarded with the referee using the VAR which is new to the tournament.

Zungu’s goal was the first in the Africa Cup of Nations given by the VAR, which has just been introduced for the quarter-finals.

It looked offside initially but Percy Tau’s free-kick hit Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on the way on to Amiens midfielder Zungu’s head.

With the game looking set for extra-time, defender Troost-Ekong punished the Bafana’s defence to fire home from second half substitute Moses Simon’s corner-kick in the 89th minute to seal Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over South Africa.

His finish was into an empty net after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams totally missed Moses Simon’s corner.

The Super Eagles will now take on the winner between Algeria and Ivory Coast in a semi-final clash on Sunday, while Bafana bowed out of the tournament.

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