The Super Eagles of Nigeria played a highly tactical game marked by a late winner to down South Africa. William Troost-Ekong tapped in a dramatic late winner to send the Eagles of into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final. Bafana Bafana simply had no answer to the Eagles change of tactics.
Samuel Chukwueze hit the opener for the Super Eagles. He controlled Alex Iwobi’s cross, before scoring at the second attempt.
Bongani Zungu equalised with a header initially ruled out for offside. However, VAR replays showed the free-kick hit Odion Ighalo 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. 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.The Gernot Rohr-led side scored 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. The technology had 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.