Egypt Set Up Senegal Clash In Nations Cup Final.
Injured Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal saved two penalties in a thrilling shoot-out to send his side to the Africa Cup of Nations final.
The seven-time winners will face Senegal in the final in Yaounde on Sunday, after Senegal defeated Burkina Faso 3-1 in the other semi-final.
Cameroon dominated the first half and almost took the lead in the 17th minute when Michael Ngadeu’s looping header from a corner crashed off the post.
The defender wasted another wonderful opportunity from a corner two minutes later.
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The ball was beautifully passed into his path at the near post by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, but the 31-year-old miskicked his attempt, coming off his standing leg.
Cameroon’s Samuel Gouet came the closest to scoring in the second half, firing an ambitious 40-yard shot on goal that sailed wide of the post.
Egypt coach Carlos Quieroz was issued a second yellow card for his protests towards referee Bakary Gassama in the waning seconds of a rough match before the full-time whistle sounded, much to the dismay of Mohamed Salah before extra-time began.
With his legs weary, Ramadan Sobhi, a replacement, hit a dangerous cross from the byline that eluded three Egypt players four yards from goal before penalties were played.
Gabal stopped Cameroon’s second spot-kick, which came from Harold Moukoudi, and then doubled up by stopping James Lea Siliki’s shot. Clinton N’Jie took Cameroon’s fourth penalty to keep the Indomitable Lions in the game, but his penalty was harmlessly wide, much to the pleasure of the Pharaohs.