Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Nigeria ride on late goal by William Troost-Ekong to beat South Africa in quarter-final

Nigeria beat surprise quarter-finalists South Africa by a slender one-goal margin 2-1 to advance to their 15th semifinals of the tournament

Agence France-Presse July 12, 2019 21:22:54 IST
Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Nigeria ride on late goal by William Troost-Ekong to beat South Africa in quarter-final
  • Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 in their quarter-final to advance to the semi-final where they'll face Algeria

  • William Troost-Ekong scored a late goal to give his team the advantage in the dying moments of the match

  • This will be Nigeria's 15th appearance in the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations out of 18 appearances in the tournament

Cairo: William Troost-Ekong said his late goal that earned Nigeria a 2-1 victory over South Africa and a spot in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals was a "dream moment".

The centre-back knocked home a corner in the 89th minute in Cairo as Nigeria advanced to the last four of the competition for the 15th time in 18 appearances.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Nigeria ride on late goal by William TroostEkong to beat South Africa in quarterfinal

Nigeria's William Troost-Ekong celebrates scoring their second goal against South Africa. Reuters

"I dream about moments like this. To score and for it to be important for the team is amazing," said Troost-Ekong.

"It's not my job to score, I'm a defender so I was happy we didn't give away too many chances. After they scored from a set-piece I thought that I wanted revenge."

"We were confident we could score again. We didn't want to go to extra time because we were going to be tired but I think it was the same for South Africa."

Nigeria, who won the last of their three titles in 2013, will face Algeria on Sunday for a place in the 19 July final.

"I think every game is tough now. We've seen big teams lose and go out of the tournament so it's going to be difficult whoever we face," said Troost-Ekong. "We came here to try and win the trophy."

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