Nigeria beat Angola to advance to Cup of Nations semi-final
Nigeria were the first side to book a semi-final berth at the Africa Cup of Nations after Ademola Lookman's first-half goal ensured a 1-0 win over Angola in the last eight on Friday.
Lookman finished off a flying run down the left by winger Moses
Simon, who skipped the challenge of defender Kialonda Gaspar to break free and
then teed up his team mate for his third goal of the tournament.
The 26-year-old's 41st-minute strike at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny
Stadium was enough to set up a semi-final meeting on Wednesday against either
the Cape Verde Islands or South Africa, who play their quarter-final on
now qualified for the semi-final in 13 of their last 15 Cup of Nations
appearances and been elevated to the role of favorites at a tournament where
almost all the heavyweight contenders have been dumped out.
their chances, notably hitting the woodwork through substitute Zini in the 59th
minute as he was put through by a clever defense-splitting pass, but Nigeria
proved the superior side.
Angolans, who have never been further than the last eight in previous Cup of
Nations tournaments, came close to the lead inside four minutes. A corner was
flicked on at the near post and Mabululu saw his shot from two yards
brilliantly saved by Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili.
Osimhen had Nigeria's first real opportunity midway through the first half but
his header was too close to Angola keeper Antonio Dominique.
better chances in the second half with Zaidu Sanusi and Alex Iwobi missing with
their shots and Simon cutting inside again to set up a chance but having his
It was a
frustrating night for African Footballer of the Year Osimhen who headed home a
75th-minute free kick but it was disallowed after a VAR check.
later he was put through by Lookman but delayed his effort and got dispossessed
by the Angolan defense.