AFCON LIVE UPDATE: Nigeria 1 : Angola 0 (HALF TIME)

HALF TIME!!! Nigeria leads Angola 1-0 in Abidjan thanks to Ademola Lookman sublime finish.

45′ Three minutes have been added as additional time.

41′ Moses Simon beats his man on the left. Perfectly lays it for Ademola Lookman who wasted no time scoring. Nigeria leads 1-0.

GOOOOAAAAAAAAAL!!!! Nigeria scores

36′ Aina’s dangerous throw-in from the right troubles the Angolan defence but Osimhen could only direct his header wide.

35′ We are back again. The Eagles still finding it hard to break the resolute defence

COOLING BREAK! We are into half an hour mark. Still goalless in Abidjan.

23′ An inch-perfect cross from Simon on the right to Osimhen but the Angolan goalkeeper calmly picks the resulting header.

17′ Aina shackled down for a free kick to Nigeria.

16′ Super Eagles gradually finding their rhythm. Osimhen earlier had his dumping header over the post.

08′ Lookman crowded out when having a shot after a nice cross from Simon.

07′ Iwobi whips in a cross to find Osimhen but the Angolan defender clears it for a corner kick.

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KICK OFF! Nigeria gets us underway

Hello and welcome to PUNCH Online’s coverage of this all-important African Cup of Nations quarter-final game between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Angola’s Palancas Negras from the Felix Houphouet -Biogny, Abidjan Cote’de’Ivoire.

In the other round, the Eagles, chasing a fourth championship, beat five-time champions, Cameroon while Pedro Soares Goncalves’ side who have already set their best group stage record, went a step further beating Namibia 3-0.

TEAM NEWS: Goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali who picked up an injury against Cameroon starts in goal. Two-goal hero on Saturday, Ademola Lookman, joins African best footballer, Victor Osimhen upfront as coach Jose Peseiro named an unchanged lineup.

NIGERIA XI: Stanley Nwabali, Troost Ekong (captain), Semi Ajayi, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Ademola Lookman, Moses Simon and Victor Osimhen

For Angola, First-choice goalkeeper Neblu who saw red in the last game has been replaced by Signori Antonio in the line-up. Gelson Dala and Mabululu, who have both combined for seven of the nine goals netted by the Palancas Negras start tonight

ANGOLA XI: Antonio Signori, Jonathan Buatu, Kialonda Gaspar, A. To Carneiro, Eddie Afonso, Fredy, Estrela, Show, Gilberto, Gelson Dala, A. Mabulul

The game kicks off at 6 pm.

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