AFCON 2021: Egypt Beats Cameroon And Makes It To The Final

AFCON 2021: Egypt Beats Cameroon And Makes It To The Final

AFCON 2021: Egypt Beats Cameroon And Makes It To The Final
AFCON 2021: Egypt Beats Cameroon And Makes It To The Final. A dramatic penalty shootout.

Egypt advanced to the final of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Cameroon 3-1 on penalties in Yaounde on Thursday after a goalless 120 minutes.

In the shoot-out at the Olembe Stadium, Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal saved both Harold Moukoudi and James Lea-Siliki before Clinton Njie blazed wide with Cameroon’s final chance to keep their dream alive.

Egypt moved to a final battle against Senegal at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday without the use of Salah, who is usually the fifth penalty taker for his country.

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Salah will face Sadio Mane, a Liverpool colleague, with the Pharaohs aiming for a record-extending eighth African title, while Senegal continues their quest for their first.

Meanwhile, Cameroon’s chances of winning the AFCON on home soil have been dashed, and they still have to get through a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso this weekend.

Cameroon captain Vincent Abubakar squanders a golden opportunity to open the scoring early in the second half as Martin Hongla sends him free with a terribly short back-pass.

Cameroon’s goalie stopped Andre Onana just outside the box after attempting to knock the ball around him.

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Although the hosts had dominated the first half and almost went ahead in the 18th minute when Michael Ngadeu leapt to head a corner off the crossbar, Aboubakar struggled to make an effect.

In the second half, Samuel Oum Gouet had a long-range piledriver scrape the left upright.

Meanwhile, the Egyptians took advantage of every opportunity to waste time and annoy their opponents.

Usually, they eventually stood up again unscathed, although centre-back Mahmoud Hamdy El Wensh needed a bandage on a first-half head wound.

At the very least, they finished the game with 11 players, but coach Carlos Queiroz, whose assistant was serving a suspension, was sent off as the end of normal time approached after losing his cool on the touchline.

Egypt needed penalties to beat Ivory Coast in the last 16 and an extra half-hour to beat Morocco in the quarter-finals, therefore this was their third extra-time match in as many knockout matches.

Extra time passed with penalties always appearing to be a foregone conclusion, and Aboubakar was Cameroon’s only successful taker as they exited.

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Mohamed Abdelmoneim (Man of The Match)

“It was a good match for us. A difficult match against a good Cameroonian team but our team knew how to make the difference with Mohamed Salah who supported us throughout the match like a great leader. Thank God, we succeeded in our penalty shootout to secure a place in the final”.

Diaa Elsayed (Egypt Assistant Coach)

“Each time, the Egyptian team are favorites to win the tournament. Tonight we played the usual game and we managed to reach the final. I would like to thank our coach Carlos Queiroz who was expelled during the game as well as all the players who made the difference with their ardor and grinta throughout the tournament. We are happy, it’s true, but we have not yet reached the final objective: the coronation. I can also add that our background is also due to the presence of one of the great players in our training, namely Mohamed Salah. A very essential player in our team and who remains the centerpiece for us”.

Antonio Conceiçao (Cameroon coach)

“The team played well during the 90′ ​​trying to score goals but we didn’t succeed. We are as sad as the 27 million Cameroonians, but I think the Egyptian team knew how to counter us. We’re sad but it’s the reality. The players felt some signs of fatigue at the end of the match, especially after a very physical and intense first half. We had tried to save our energy to counter the opponent but in vain.”

By CAFonline

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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