Nigeria, Senegal in African Cup semis; VAR in spotlight

Published 2:18 p.m. ET July 10, 2019 | Updated 5:17 p.m. ET July 10, 2019

CAIRO (AP) — Nigeria and Senegal went through to the semifinals and VAR was straight into the spotlight on its debut at the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 with a winning goal bundled in from a corner by William Troost-Ekong with just a minute to go.

Samuel Chukwueze gave Nigeria the lead in the first half at Cairo International Stadium. Bongani Zungu equalized in the 71st for South Africa when his header, ruled out initially for offside, was correctly allowed to stand after a VAR referral.

Zungu’s was one of three goals to be looked at by VAR on the first day the referee video review system was being used at the African Cup.

All three decisions by the often contentious system were, thankfully, correct.

Senegal was the first team through to the last four and is a step closer to its first African title after beating Benin 1-0 across Cairo at the 30 June Stadium.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane had two goals ruled out for offside through VAR in a frantic second half.

But in between the disallowed goals, Idrissa Gueye scored in the 70th minute. Gueye made a…

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