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Afcon 2023: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa (aet, 4-2 on pens)

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Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning penalty as Nigeria booked their place in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with a 4-2 shootout win over South Africa.

The game in Bouake finished 1-1 following a remarkable end to normal time which involved the referee going to his video monitor to disallow a Victor Osimhen strike which would have put Nigeria 2-0 up – and instead awarding a penalty to South Africa.

Teboho Mokoena converted from the spot in the 90th minute to send the game into a goalless period of extra-time where Bafana Bafana defender Grant Kekana was sent off late one.

But Mokoena was one of two South African players to see their spot-kicks saved by goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali as the Super Eagles triumphed to reach Sunday’s final, where they will play either hosts Ivory Coast or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Nigeria

Formation 3-4-3

  • 23Nwabali
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Troost-EkongBooked at 120mins
  • 21Bassey
  • 12Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forOmeruoat 120+2′minutes
  • 8OnyekaBooked at 101minsSubstituted forAriboat 102′minutes
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forYusufat 63′minutes
  • 2Aina
  • 15SimonSubstituted forChukwuezeat 63′minutes
  • 9OsimhenSubstituted forMoffiat 110′minutes
  • 18LookmanSubstituted forIheanachoat 102′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Uzoho
  • 4Yusuf
  • 7Musa
  • 10Aribo
  • 11Chukwueze
  • 13Onyemaechi
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 16Ojo
  • 20Awaziem
  • 22Omeruo
  • 24Moffi
  • 25Onyedika

South Africa

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Williams
  • 20Mudau
  • 18KekanaBooked at 115mins
  • 5XuluSubstituted forMayambelaat 75′minutes
  • 14Mvala
  • 6Modiba
  • 10Tau
  • 4Mokoena
  • 13Sithole
  • 11ZwaneSubstituted forLepasaat 75′minutesSubstituted forSibisiat 117′minutes
  • 9Makgopa

Substitutes

  • 2Mobbie
  • 3Mashego
  • 7Appollis
  • 8Adams
  • 15Monare
  • 16Mothwa
  • 17Lepasa
  • 19Sibisi
  • 21Mayambela
  • 22Goss
  • 23Morena

Referee:
Amin Mohamed Omar

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