Salah pays tribute to Egypt teammates for stunning opener against Burkina Faso

Omar Zaazou , Thursday 2 Feb 2017,
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African Cup of Nations - Semi Finals - Burkina Faso v Egypt- Stade de l'Amitie - Libreville, Gabon - 1/2/17 Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates after the game Reuters

AS Roma star Mohamed Salah paid tribute to his Egypt teammates for their contribution in the opener he scored in the Cup of Nations semi-final shootout victory over Burkina Faso on Wednesday.  

Salah gave Egypt a 66th-minute lead against Burkina Faso with a superb curling effort from the edge of the area, rounding off a fine team-move that had seen them make more than 10 complete passes in the build-up.

The goal, however, was cancelled out by Aristide Bance in the 73rd minute as both regular and extra times ended in a 1-1 draw before Egypt settled the shootout with a 4-3 victory, thanks to a heroic performance from veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary.

"My teammates had a role in the goal I scored, including Ahmed Elmoahamdy and Mahmoud Kahraba," Salah said after the game.

"The relationship is quite great between the old generation and the new generation of players in the team. The team is like a family."

Hull City wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady had a role in the beginning of the attacking move, which ended with Mahmoud Kahraba, the scorer of the winner against Morocco in the quarter-finals, laying the ball off to the ex-Chelsea forward.

Seven-time African champions Egypt will face the winner of the other semi-final clash between Ghana and Cameroon in Sunday's final. 

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