AFCON 2021: Salah’s Egypt beat Cameroon on penalties to set up Mane’s Senegal final

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Egypt beat tournament hosts Cameroon 3-1 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes to set up an Africa Cup of Nations final showdown 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.

Cameroon converted only one of their four spot-kicks, with Abou Gabal blocking two of the strikes before Clinton Njie missed his attempt. Egypt converted all three of their kicks.

The defeat comes as a major blow to the hosts, whose troubled tournament was overshadowed by the stadium crush that led to eight deaths last week.

Thursday’s match was the first game back at the Olembe Stadium since last week’s tragedy.

Egypt will be aiming to win a record extending eighth Cup of Nations title when they face Senegal in Sunday’s final. The clash will see Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane play against each other.

However, Cameroon will face Burkina Faso in the third-place play-off on Saturday, before Egypt face Senegal in Sunday’s final as Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane go head to head. Both games will kick off at 7pm on their respective days.

 

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