AFCON 2019: Nigeria Head For Semis After Beating South Africa, Gueye Sends Senegal Through

William Troost-Ekong scored a late winner to send Nigeria into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final at the expense of South Africa. Senegal also reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals thanks Idrissa Gueye's goal.
 Nigeria 2 - 1 South Africa 

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

Samuel Chukwueze hit the opener as he controlled Alex Iwobi's cross, before scoring at the second attempt.


Bongani Zungu equalised with a header initially ruled out for offside before VAR replays showed a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the way to him.

But Udinese's Troost-Ekong bundled home from close range late on to win it.His finish was into an empty net after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams totally missed Moses Simon's corner.

Nigeria face Ivory Coast or Algeria in Sunday's second semi-final.
 

The Super Eagles were deserved winners and led through Villarreal youngster Chukwueze's first goal for his country. 

They should have been ahead by more when Williams pushed Peter Etebo's free-kick onto the bar.

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.

The game looked set for extra time before Williams flapped at a cross to leave Troost-Ekong with a simple finish.

Senegal 1 - 0 Benin 


Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after a goal by Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye ended Benin's tournament.

Gueye started and finished a move which saw Liverpool's Sadio Mane tee up his team-mate to score in Cairo.

The Video Assistant Referee system has been introduced from the quarter-final stage and Mane had two goals disallowed for offside after VAR checks.

Benin's Olivier Verdon was sent off near the end for a foul on Gueye.

Before Gueye's goal, his first in Egypt, Benin - who had reached this stage without winning a match in normal time - almost took the lead after a horrific mistake by keeper Alfred Gomis.

He mis-controlled a routine back-pass, the ball spinning off his boot before going narrowly wide of his own post.

But Gueye's goal means Senegal are two wins from winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

Aliou Cisse's team will meet minnows Madagascar or Tunisia in the first semi-finals on Sunday in Cairo.

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