Ademola Lookman clinched Nigeria’s spot in the semi-finals with a skillful goal, propelling the Super Eagles ahead in the 41st minute against Angola on Friday.
However, Victor Osimhen’s header, which found the back of Angola’s net, was disallowed after a VAR review revealed his offside position.
Despite Angola’s strong performance, characterized by missed opportunities, they left their coach and fans frustrated.
In a bid to secure the game and force extra time, Nigeria adopted a defensive strategy to thwart Angola’s attacks.
Meanwhile, the Congolese sent Guinea packing in the quarterfinals with a commanding 3-1 victory at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe on the same day.
Guinea took an early lead with Mohamed Bayo converting a 19th minute penalty into a goal, but they struggled to maintain their momentum.
Taking advantage of their opponent’s lapse, Congo leveled the score with Chancel Mangulu’s precise strike.
A penalty caused by Guinea allowed the Congolese’s Wissa to put his team in the lead.
Arthur Masuaku sealed the deal with a stunning direct free kick, securing Congo’s position in the semi-finals.
Nigeria and Congo eagerly await the challenge of the semi-finals, vying for a spot in the finals.
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