The Super Eagles of Nigeria secured a 2-1 victory over South Africa in the TOTAL AFCON 2019 quarter-final match in Egypt on Wednesday night.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made two changes to the team that faced the 2017 AFCON Champions Cameroon in the Round of 16
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Ola Aina was replaced by fit-again full-back Jamilu Collins on the starting line-up, while Samuel Chukwueze ousted fellow attacker Simon Moses.
Whiles South Africa coach Baxter named an unchanged Bafana Bafana starting XI for the clash.
The match got off to a lively start with the two teams searching for an early goal, but they could not keep their shots on target.
Chukwueze pounced on a low cross beat South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams from close range in the 27th minute to break the deadlock.
The Super Eagles were the better side after the restart and they came close to doubling their lead through Oghenekaro Etebo.
VAR came into play for South Africa’s goal. Bongani Zungu scored with a header from Percy Tau’s free-kick but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Referee Rédouane Jiyed then consulted with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and the goal was given to South Africa to make it 1-1 with 19 minutes left.
An unmarked Troost-Ekong fired home second half substitute Moses Simon’s corner-kick in the 89th minute to seal Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over South Africa.
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