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Egypt Beat Hosts Cameroon on Penalties Shootout and Reach AFCON Final

Fri 04 Feb 2022 | 12:48 AM

Egypt beat Cameroon 3-1 on penalties shootout to reach the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Thursday following a 0-0 draw.

Egypt reached their 16th AFCON semi-finals, to become the team with the most semi-finals appearances in the tournament’s history.

Egypt edged closer to a record-extending eighth crown, and their first since 2010, but they face another tough clash against Senegal, who are making a second successive appearance in the final, on Sunday.

The intriguing clash will pit Liverpool stars, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, against each other in an anticipated duel.

Egypt looked worn out after playing an extra time for the third successive game but they came out on top following a largely physical affair, with their resolute defensive display restricting Cameroon to a few clear-cut chances.

Rookie defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim rose to the occasion in the absence of the more experienced Ahmed Hegazi, who was injured in the quarter-final win over Morocco, after producing another solid display in the heart of the four-man backline.

Five-time winners Cameroon missed out on the chance of closing the gap on record champions Egypt.