Big Match Stats Pack: Nigeria v South Africa

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South Africa and Nigeria lock horns on Wednesday night in an eagerly anticipated quarterfinal clash, and Goal looks at the tale of the tape

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    Head-to-head

    There have been 14 previous meetings between the two sides over the years of which Nigeria have won seven compared to Bafana Bafana's two.

    Five matches have ended in draws.

    Bafana are, however, unbeaten against Nigeria in their last five meetings in all competitions. 

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    Familiar foes

    Bafana have locked horns with Nigeria twice before in the Africa Cup of Nations.

    However, they are yet to register a win at the tournament when coming up against the Super Eagles, having lost in both 2000 (2-0) and 2004 (4-0). .

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    Ighalo the man to watch

    Odion Ighalo is Nigeria's dangerman.

    The former Watford striker is the nation's top scorer in the competition so far and has also been involved in four of Nigeria’s last five goals in Afcon. He has scored three goals and provided one assist. 

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    Nigeria's defensive frailties

    A worry for the three-time Afcon champions will be their tendency to concede goals.

    Despite scoring five goals they have let in four goals in four games at Afcon 2019.  

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    Both teams leave it late

    Eighty percent of Nigeria's goals have been scored in the final 30 minutes of their respective games, while Bafana have scored all their goals - against Namibia and Egypt - in that same period. 
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    Baxter - Bafana's lucky charm

    Unlike the majority of his predecessors, Baxter has a stellar record against Nigeria having masterminded two wins in all matches over their rivals.

    He has also never lost to Nigeria in a competitive match despite returning for a second stint at the helm and facing off against Nigeria twice in the Afcon qualifiers. 

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    The Super Eagles soar at Afcon

    Nigeria boasts an impressive record at the continental showpiece.

    They have won seven of their last eight Afcon games with their only defeat coming in the group stage of this year's competition where they lost to Madagascar 2-0.