AFCON: Ademola Lookman Fires Nigeria Into semis As DR Congo Defeated Guinea

Ademola Lookman’s lone goal secured Nigeria’s spot in the AFCON semi-finals, marking their 15th appearance in this stage.

The former England Under-21 international’s precise finish, assisted by Moses Simon, proved decisive against Angola, continuing Nigeria’s trend of 1-0 victories in the tournament.

Despite Victor Osimhen’s disallowed goal, Nigeria’s defensive resilience, with four consecutive clean sheets, reflects coach Jose Peseiro’s emphasis on solidity. Peseiro expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, acknowledging the missed opportunities for additional goals.

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Nigeria now prepares for a semi-final clash against either Cape Verde or South Africa, with the match set for next Wednesday in Bouake. Angola, while exiting the competition, achieved a historic success by winning a knockout tie for the first time in AFCON.

In the second match, the Democratic Republic of Congo overcame Guinea 3-1 in Abidjan. After conceding an early penalty, DR Congo displayed resilience, equalizing through captain Chancel Mbemba and taking the lead with Yoane Wissa’s penalty. Arthur Masuaku’s stunning late free-kick secured DR Congo’s first semi-final since 2015.

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DR Congo, having drawn all group-stage matches and overcoming Egypt on penalties in the last 16, faces either Mali or hosts Ivory Coast in the upcoming semi-final. Coach Sebastien Desabre highlighted the team’s joy in securing a crucial win at the right moment.

The AFCON 2023 quarterfinals showcased both Nigeria’s clinical efficiency and DR Congo’s comeback prowess, setting the stage for thrilling semi-final encounters.

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