The quarterfinal matches in the 2023 Asian Cup and 2023 Africa Cup of Nations have kicked off, featuring several thrilling contests this Friday. Here we recap the results, where several Ligue 1 players showcased their talents, aiming to propel their respective national teams into the semifinals.
South Korea 2-1 Australia
The Tigers of Asia emerged victorious over Australia in a tense match, securing their spot in the semifinals. Kang-in Lee from Paris Saint-Germain played 119 minutes for South Korea, contributing to their victory in extra time. Australia took the lead in the first half, but South Korea equalized in stoppage time. The decisive goal in extra time ensured South Korea's 2-1 victory, steering clear of a penalty shootout.
Jordan 1-0 Tajikistan
Mousa Al-Taamari of Montpellier played for 89 minutes as Jordan secured a spot in the semifinals. Tajikistan conceded an own goal in the second half, but this lone goal proved sufficient for Jordan to secure a 1-0 victory.
Nigeria 1-0 Angola
Moses Simon of FC Nantes completed the full 90 minutes in Nigeria's 1-0 victory against Angola, securing their place in the semifinals. Simon not only played a crucial role in the team's success but also provided the assist for Ademola Lookman's goal late in the first half.
DR Congo 3-1 Guinea
After eliminating Egypt, the Leopards have advanced past Guinea to reach the semifinals with a 3-1 win. Le Havre's Mohamed Bayo opened the scoring for Guinea in the 20th minute, but DR Congo responded, scoring three unanswered goals after conceding the opener. Chancel Mbemba from Olympique de Marseille swiftly equalized minutes after Bayo's strike. DR Congo sealed their victory in the second half with two additional goals.
Samuel Moutoussamy of FC Nantes and Gedeon Kalulu of FC Lorient completed the full 90 minutes for DR Congo. In the case of Guinea, Issiaga Sylla from Montpellier played the entire 90 minutes, Morgan Guilavogui from RC Lens featured for 59 minutes, and Ibrahim Diakité from Stade de Reims played for 89 minutes.