AFCON 2019: VAR to be used from quarter-finals

A look at the AFCON 2019 quarter-finals

What to expect in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

Super Eagles' profligacy in front of goal has been the team's major problem at the Africa Cup of Nations and it was quite obvious when the team played against South Africa.

Stuart Baxter stuck with the same side that shocked hosts Egypt in the last round, as match-winner Thembinkosi Lorch retained his place despite Themba Zwane's return from suspension.

"Dare I say the crowds in South Africa for some worldwide matches are quite sparse as well", he said.

Now for South Africa.

In one of the most remarkable stories in the competition's history, Madagascar have defied the odds to reach the quarter-finals, with Amada's opening goal in the last game a spectacular 25-yard strike that tailed away from the keeper and flew in off the post.

"One of our players, Bongani Zungu, was eight years old when South Africa last won an Afcon game on soil so to go from that to beating the host nation the way we did is massive".

Nigeria or South Africa? "I don't think he (Rohr) is fooling anybody", the South Africa coach said at a press conference. The latter seem the favourites in this quarter-final battle, after defeating Senegal 1-0 in the group stage, before a tub-thumping 3-0 win over Tanzania at the same level, followed by another 3-0 triumph over Guinea in the second round.

Team News! First up Nigeria! "The players were inspired by the crowd the other evening, but I hope they don't need that sort of crowd to find that sort of inspiration. The loss to them in the qualifiers was tough, but this is a tournament quarter-final match and it will be a different matter".

On the chances of finishing as the tournament's top scorer, the former Watford star said, "I put the team ahead in everything I do".

The game looked set for extra time before Williams flapped at a cross to leave Troost-Ekong with a simple finish.

Moses Simon started in the big win over defending champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 and posted a decent outing before he was replace by Villarreal youngster Chukwueze, who made a bigger impact in the half an hour he was on the pitch. Who do you think will progress?

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