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African Cup; Nigeria and Senegal both reach the tournament’s semifinal

Senegal and Nigeria have both moved into the semifinals of the African Cup while VAR was a highlight of the African Cup of Nations during the Wednesday matches.

This often wrong referee VAR system was just right On Wednesday night.




Nigeria was able to beat South Africa by 2-1 with the winning goal scored by William Troost-Ekong from a corner and only a minute to the clock.

Nigeria got its early lead in the first half of the game by goal form Samuel Chukwueze at a match played at Cairo International Stadium. As for South Africa, they were able to tie the game in the 71st minute of the game after Bongani Zungu scored a goal from a looping header.

His goal was initially ruled out because of being offside but the VAR system after five minutes of discussion was ruled in South Africa’s favor.

The goal from Zungu was among the 3 goals of the night that was looked by the VAR system that had been installed for the first time in the Stadium and used for the African Cup. This VAR system has been in play in Egypt since the quarterfinals.

Gernot Rohr, coach of Nigeria said, “We were very lucky to end the game with a second goal. We are very happy.”

As for Senegal, they are the first team to have reached the semis of the African cup after they defeated Benin by 1-0 at 20 June Stadium. Their only goal of the night was scored by Idrissa Gueye during the 70th minute of the game.

After having the lead, Senegal upped the pressure on Benin during the 2nd half. Benin had two chances to score a goal but all of them were turned effortless in the end as they lost the chance to reach the semis.

Up next, Senegal will be looking forward to a semifinal match against either Tunisia or Madagascar in its efforts to win their maiden African Cup title during their last 16 attempts.

As for Nigeria, they will play against the winner of quarterfinals match between Ivory Coast and Algeria.

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