AFCON: Egypt Beat Cameroon 3-1 On Penalties To Meet Senegal In Finals

Egypt beat tournament hosts Cameroon 3-1 on penalties with the Pharaoh’s heroic goalkeeper Gabaski, saving two penalties as they edged past hosts Cameroon in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw to set up an Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal.

Cameroon had dominated the first half – Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui hitting the post in the pick of the chances – but let the game run away from them as Egypt took control of the tie. However, despite a number of close efforts neither side could find the net in 120 minutes of action.

Egypt went into their second penalty shootout of AFCON 2021 – having also beaten the Ivory Coast on spot-kicks in the last 16 – without manager Carlos Queiroz, who was sent off in the 90th minute of normal time after receiving two quick yellow cards.

Liverpool and Egypt’s star man Mohamed Salah was kept quiet for much of the game, curling a strike from outside the area narrowly over and almost profiting from a loose back pass, but he could not convert.

Cameroon, saw two of their efforts saved by Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal before Clinton N’Jie sent the fourth well wide to see the hosts crash out in front of their home fans.

Egypt will face Senegal in Sunday’s final as Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane go head to head, while cameroon will face Burkina Faso in the third/fourth-place play-off, which has been brought forward a day to Saturday.