Africa Cup of Nations 2019 quarterfinal

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja Nigeria
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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja Nigeria VOA

A second-half Idrissa Gueye strike was enough for Senegal to beat Benin 1-0 to progress to the semi-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations.

This was the first Cup of Nations match to use the VAR (video assistant referee) system and there were no controversial incidents.

Benin was reduced to 10-men after Olivier Verdon brought down Mane at the edge of the penalty and was issued a red card.

Senegal's glorious chance for an opener came in the 65th minute after Kalidou Koulibaly playing a good pass over the top for Youssouf Sabaly, who scampered down the left before blazing a wild cross over the bar.

Before Gueye's goal, his first in Egypt, Benin - who had reached this stage without winning a match in normal time - nearly took the lead after a horrific mistake by keeper Alfred Gomis.

Nigeria was also under threat of upset as they took on South Africa, but a late victor from Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong gave them a 2-1 victory and a spot in the semifinals.

Aliou Cisse's side will meet Madagascar or Tunisia in the last four on Sunday in Cairo as they try to win the competition for the first time. The 89th minute decider was bundled home by the 25-year-old after South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams whiffed looking to punch a corner.

Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring for Nigeria in the first half only for Bongani Zungu to level in the second period after VAR intervened. Both those remaining quarterfinals take place tomorrow, with the semifinals set for July 14 in Cairo.

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