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Osimhen denied a goal


Aside from the lone goal, the initial half of the match lacked inspiration, but the energy picked up after the break as both teams exhibited increased intent.

Following another impressive display of wing play by Lookman, Zaidu Sanusi sent a shot wide, and Calvin Bassey missed a crucial header from six yards out after Nigeria managed to work the ball back into the box following a cleared corner.

An excellent through ball from Show played Zine behind Nigeria’s resilient defense, which had kept four consecutive clean sheets. However, the halftime substitute only managed to strike the right-hand post with his effort, leaving his teammates visibly frustrated.

A header by Victor Osimhen from Lookman’s free-kick seemed to seal the win, but VAR intervened after an extended check for offside, catching many in the stadium off guard. Shortly after, Angola’s center-back Gaspar made a stellar last-ditch tackle to deny Napoli striker Osimhen.

In the dying moments, Nwabali, Nigeria’s goalkeeper, palmed away a late shot from Zito Luvumbo. The three-time Nations Cup winners successfully navigated through seven minutes of added time, securing their spot in the semi-finals for the 15th time in their past 18 appearances.

Despite being ranked 117th in the world, Angola had surprised many by topping their group ahead of 2019 champions Algeria and Burkina Faso. However, their pursuit of a first appearance in the last four remains unfulfilled.

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