July 7, 2019 / 5:32 AM / 4 months ago

Hosts Egypt knocked out of Africa Cup of Nations

Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Round of 16 - Egypt v South Africa - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - July 6, 2019 Egypt's Mohamed Salah looks dejected after the match as South Africa players celebrate REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO (Reuters) - Thembinkosi Lorch scored five minutes from time to hand South Africa an upset 1-0 win and knock holders Egypt out of the Africa Cup of Nations as the shock results at the competition continued on Saturday.

South Africa, who had lost two of their three group games yet crept into the knockout stages, showed great improvement and were the more enterprising team, leaving 70,000 partisan fans stunned at the Cairo International Stadium.

Lorch finished off a sweeping counter-attack as South Africa, who created much the better chances, finally got an effort on target.

They will now meet Nigeria, who earlier on Saturday eliminated holders Cameroon in a come-from-behind victory, in Wednesday’s quarter-final.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Clare Fallon

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