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Nigeria has been able to make it to the semi-finals of the AFCON 2019 from goals coming from Chukwueze and Ekong, after a tough win over South Africa to push them out of the AFCON.
After a early yellow card shown to Lebo Mothiba of South Africa at the 14th minute by the referee of the day Redouane Jiyed (Morocco), Chukwueze went on to score a stunning a goal at the 27th minute at the Cairo Int’l Stadium after a from assist from Alex Iwobi.
Ahmed Musa was also shown a yellow card at the 35th minute, before the went on to round the first half.
4 minutes into the second half Hlatshwayo was shown a yellow card after a reckless change on Nigeria’s striker Ighalo.
Etebo stroke a stunning free kick to which was matched by a stunning safe from the SA keeper R. Williams in the 50th minute.
Frustrated Tau of SA was shown a yellow card in the 62nd minute after a frustrated tackle on Ahmed Musa
At the 71th minute a goal was scored by B. Zungu but was only confirmed after a check by the VAR.The goal was first cancelled by the assistant referee, then later given by the VAR after seeing that it came out from the back of a Nigerian player.
T. Mkhize of SA was shown a yellow card at the 75th minute after a careless tackle on Ahmed Musa.
Nigerian first substitution came at the 81st minute, when Ahmed Musa gave way for M. Simon.SA also made theirs at the 86th minute when Mothiba left the pitch for Veldwijk.
In the 89th minute Ekong went on to double the lead and score his first goal for Nigeria from a stunning corner kick from the substitution Simon, Saving Nigeria from extra time.
A late substitution was also made by Nigerian’s coach, Where Iwobi made way for Balogun.