RELIVE: Egypt v Cameroon (Africa Cup of Nations)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Thursday's match between Egypt and Cameroon in the semifinal of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

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Egypt vs Cameroon
Egypt s forward Mohamed Salah (L) fights for the ball with Cameroon s defender Nouhou Tolo during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 semi-final football match between Cameroon and Egypt at Stade d Olembe in Yaounde on February 3, 2022. AFP

Full time: Egypt 0-0 Cameroon (3-1 on penalties) 

 

It's over! Egypt are through to the final with a 3-1 shootout  victory over hosts Cameroon following another marathon. The Pharaohs will now face Senegal in the final on Sunday. Thanks for following our live updates! 

- Clinton N'Jie wastes the fourth penalty for Cameroon 

- James Lea Siliki wastes the third penalty for Cameroon
- Mohanad Lasheen scores the third penalty for Egypt 

- Harold Moukoudi wastes the second penalty for Cameroon
- Mohamed Abdel-Moneim scores the second penalty for Egypt

- Vincent Aboubakar scores the first penalty for Cameroon
- Ahmed Zizo scores the first penalty for Egypt

The referee blows his final whistle, we are now heading to penalties! 

120' The referee adds one minute of stoppage time. 

118' What a chance for Egypt at the defence! Ramadan Sobhi skips past his challenger on the right hand side of the area but his overly-hit cross goes begging! 

117' Egypt make their final substitution. Spot-kick specialist Ahmed Zizo replaces Mohamed Sherif, who came on in the second half of extra time! 

115' Egypt defend in numbers with just five minutes remaining before the final whistle. 

112' The slippery surface is hindering both sides! 

109' A deflected shot from Siliki goes over the bar for a corner. 

108' Cameroon make a substitution. Jean Onana replaces Martin Hongla.

106' Egypt make a substitution. Ahly striker Mohamed Sherif replaces Mostafa Mohamed. 

The second half of extra time is underway

The referee blows his whistle to end the first half of extra time

105+1' Abou-Gabal fumbles at a low cross following a Cameroonian breakaway but Egypt's defence clears the danger! 

104' Mostafa Mohamed breaks clear but he is flagged for offside! 

100' A chance for Egypt! Salah is fed by Ramadan Sobhi on the edge of the area but his curling low shot goes wide. 

99' Cameroon make a double substitution. Christian Bassogog replaces Ekambi and Harold Moukoudi replaces Jean-Charles Castelletto.

94' A rare shot from Ramadan Sobh is blocked by Cameroon's defence. 

92' Can Egypt keep up with the physical demands of playing an extra time for the third successive game? 

92' A cross-cum-shot from Siliki goes over the bar. 

The first half of extra time is underway

The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to extra time 

90+4' Egypt football director Wael Gomaa is also booked by Gassama! 

90+3' Trezeguet tries his luck but his shot goes wide. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.

89' Queiroz is sent-off by Gassama for protesting his decisions!

87' Egypt coach Queiroz is booked for dissent! 

86' Cameroon also make a substitution. Clinton N'Jie replaces Nicolas Ngamaleu.

85' Egypt make a double substitution. Right-back Omar Kamal makes way for midfielder Emam Ashour and Arsenal's Elneny makes way for Mohanad Lasheen. 

85' Both sides look very tired in the dying minutes! 

83' An angled Fai shot with the outside of his foot is easily collected by Abou-Gabal. 

80' Cameroon make their first substitution. James Lea Siliki replaces Samuel Gouet.

79' Ramadan Sobhi makes a fine individual effort and tries to exchange passes with Salah on the right hand side of the area, but the latter's inaccurate pass is intercepted. 

75' Egypt sit back to soak up pressure as Cameroon look for a late winner. 

71' Abou-Gabal looks to have aggravated his groin injury. 

70' A powerful, long range volley from Samuel Gouetnarrowly miss the target! 

68' A chance for Cameroon! Ekambi meets a cross at the near post with a back header that Abou-Gabal does well to keep out. 

66' Cameroon ease off as Egypt grow bolder. 

63' Egypt make a second substitution. Pyramids FC winger Ramadan Sobhi replaces Omar Marmoush. 

62' Egypt midfielder Elneny is booked for dissent. Cameroon's Samuel Gouet also receives a yellow card for a reckless foul on Trezeguet. 

61' Mohamed Abdel-Moneim makes a superb interception to kick away a cross.

59' Egypt's full-backs are getting better in preventing Cameroon from whipping in their trademark dangerous crosses. 

56' What a chance for Egypt!! A poor back pass is intercepted by Salah and he breaks clear but he fails to round keeper Onana!! 

55' Egypt's defence and Abou-Gabal clear successive crosses from Cameroon. 

52' El-Wensh clears a low cross and Anguissa's follow-up shot from distance goes high over. 

51' Marmoush nutmegs Fai on the edge of the area but he is too slow to send a cross! 

50' Both sides are guilty of too many mis-placed passes. 

47' A header from Mostafa Mohamed following a deep free kick is collected by Onana.

46' Egypt make their first substitution. Midfielder Mahmoud Trezeguet replaces Amr El-Sulaya.


The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+2' Marmoush falls under a challenge from a defender on the edge of the area but referee Gassama waves away Egypt's protests. 

45' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

41' Egypt defender El-Wensh receives treatment after sustaining a head wound following a clash of heads with Ekambi. 

39' A header from Hamdi Fathi is tipped over by keeper Onana but he is flagged for offside. Television replays show that he was onside. 

37' Egypt right-back Omar Kamal receives a yellow card for a foul on Nouhou Tolo. He will miss the final should Egypt advance. 

35' Cameroon are still in control as Egypt are pegged back, failing to even launch any breakaways. 

32' A chance for Cameroon! Ekambi mis-hits his shot following a cut-back as it loops into the hands of Abou-Gabal. 

31' Egypt lose possession far too easily, especially in midfield. 

28' Egypt are on the back foot so far! 

26' Abou-Gabal receives brief treatment after being challenged by Aboubakar. 

24' Abou-Gabal pushes away a dangerous cross from the lively Fai before it reaches Aboubakar. 

22' At the other end, Omar Kamal cuts inside but sends a poor shot with his weak left foot. 

20' Ngadeu-Ngadjui miscues his effort with the goal at his mercy after a corner is flicked into his path as he is found unmarked. Some sloppy defending from the Egyptians! 

18' Cameroon almost go ahead!! Defender Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui leaps above two markers to head against the crossbar following a corner. It's the first real chance of the game. 

15' Karl Toko Ekambi outpaces Egypt's Ahmed Fattouh on the right hand side of the area but his low cross is collected by keeper Abou-Gabal.

14' Egypt are sending some upfield passes to Salah but they are easily intercepted by Cameroon's defence. 

10' Egypt are finally clicking into gear after a slow start as they push forward.

9' The first effort for Egypt! Marmoush lays off the ball to Salah on the edge of the area but the Liverpool man's first-time shot goes over the crossbar. 

6' Cameroon's Collins Fai whips in a free kick from the right but it goes straight into the hands of keeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal.

3' Cameroon put Egypt under early pressure. 

The match is underway 

Starting line-ups:

Egypt: Mohamed Abou-Gabal, Omar Kamal, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ahmed Fattouh, Hamdi Fathi, Mohamed Elneny, Amr El-Sulaya, Omar Marmoush, Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed

Cameroon: Andre Onana, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Nouhou Tolo, Nicolas Ngamaleu, Collins Fai, 
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Martin Hongla, Samuel Gouet, Karl Toko Ekambi, Vincent Aboubakar

20:00 Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal, central defender Mahmoud El-Wensh, defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi are all back in Egypt's starting line-up after recovering from injuries. 

18:30 Egypt meet the Nations Cup hosts for the first time since 1998, when they beat Burkina Faso 2-0 in the semi-final in Ouagadougou.

18:00 Egypt are expected to welcome back defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi and keeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal after they recovered from their respective injuries. 

16:30 Egypt will do without touring defender Ahmed Hegazi who sustained a muscle injury during the 2-1 victory over Morocco in the quarter-final last Sunday.

15:30 Record seven-time African champions Egypt are seeking their first AFCON title since 2010, while Cameroon are seeking their sixth since their last win in 2017.

14:30 Cameroon striker and AFCON 2021 top scorer Vincent Aboubakar revealed ahead of the game that Egypt and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah doesn’t impress him as the Egyptian doesn’t produce a lot in the field. He also admitted that Salah is a good player who scores a lot of goals and having a great season in the English Premier League.

12:00 Egypt claimed three victories out of their last four encounters with Cameroon in the recent history.
The Pharaohs looked close to winning a record-extending eighth crown after taking a first-half lead against Cameroon, in 2017 thanks to a superb strike from Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, but two second-half goals from Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar turned the match on its head and condemned Egypt to a cruel defeat.

Venue: Stade Olembe

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Group A W D L P
Cameroon
2 1 0 7
Burkina Faso
1 1 1 4
Cape Verde
1 1 1 4
Ethiopia
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Senegal
1 2 0 5
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Malawi
1 1 1 4
Zimbabwe
1 0 2 3
Group C W D L P
Morocco
2 1 0 7
Gabon
1 2 0 5
Comoros
1 0 2 3
Ghana
0 1 2 1
Group D W D L P
Nigeria
3 0 0 9
Egypt
2 0 1 6
Sudan
0 1 2 1
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1
Group E W D L P
Cote d Ivoire
2 1 0 7
Equatorial Guinea
2 0 1 6
Sierra Leone
0 2 1 2
Algeria
0 1 2 1
Group F W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Gambia
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
1 0 2 3
Mauritania
0 0 3 0