Egypt advance to the AFCON Final for the 10th time in their history, while the Teranga Lions of Senegal will be contesting only their third Final. Egypt have been successful on seven occasions from the previous nine Finals but Senegal have lost their last two AFCON Finals in 2002 and in 2019. Will they be third time lucky?
Egypt have goalkeeper Mohamed Gabal to thank as he saved two penalties in the shootout. Sunday’s Final will be between Senegal and Egypt.
It is all OVER! The Pharaohs are through to the Final of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, after beating the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 3-1 on penalties. Cameroon have themselves to blame as they had the game in their grasp but failed to hurt the Egyptians.
That does it! Cameroon and Egypt are heading for a penalty shootout, following a stalemate between both teams after 120 minutes of action. Who will be the hero tonight or will a villain surface rather?
FULL-TIME (EXTRA-TIME) AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
SECOND HALF IN EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
EXTRA-TIME (FIRST HALF) AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
After 90 minutes of action, it remains goalless which means we are headed for an additional thirty minutes of extra-time. Hopefully, a hero will emerge during this period. Egypt will have to make do without their coach Carlos Queiroz, who was sent off by the centre referee Bakary Papa Gassama from Gambia.
FULL-TIME AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
HALF-TIME AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
KICK-OFF AT THE PAUL BIYA STADIUM IN OLEMBE: Cameroon 0-0 Egypt
STATS: Egypt have won three of their last four Africa Cup of Nation games against Cameroon (L1), scoring nine goals, this after netting just twice across their previous six encounters against the Indomitable Lions in the competition (W1 D2 L3).
Cameroon have progressed from seven of their nine semi-final matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, only opponents Egypt (8) have made it through this round more often in AFCON history.
The Africa Cup of Nations hosts have been eliminated in three of their last five semi-final matches in the competition, with Egypt the last such team to progress from this round (2-1 against Senegal in 2006).
Since the beginning of 2017, no player has been directly involved in more goals (9) at the Africa Cup of Nations than Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (six goals, three assists) or Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar (seven goals, two assists).
The starting line-ups for both teams ahead of their epic battle at the Paul Biya Stadium, Olembe.
Both sides will be looking up to their respective talismanic attackers to come up with the goods later tonight in Olembe. Cameroon have the firepower of strike duo Toko Ekambi who has five goals and captain Vincent Aboubakar who is the tournament’s leading scorer with six goals. Egypt have the mesmerising Mo Salah to lead the frontline.
Tonight’s clash will see both African heavyweights having played each other eleven times. No two nations have faced each other on more occasions in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon on the other hand, recently won their fifth AFCON crown in 2017 when they defeated the Egyptians in the Final. They will fancy their chances of landing a sixth title as hosts of the competition when the Pharaohs come calling.
Despite Egypt having won this competition seven times, their last triumph came in 2010 in Angola, where they defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 1-0 in the Final. They will be looking to end their 12-year drought but must find a way to navigate through the Cameroonians, who will be spurred on by a vociferous home support.
Also, this fixture pits together the two most successful countries in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Both countries have won the AFCON a total number of 12 times – with Egypt claiming seven titles, while the Cameroonians boast of five gongs.
Tonight’s contest promises to be an exciting and feisty one as both sides look to try each other for size but most importantly, the winner will proceed to Sunday’s Finale where Senegal will be waiting.
Our feature game tonight will be the tie between the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who are the hosts and the Pharaohs, which will go down at the Paul Biya Stadium in Olembe.
The semi-finals began on Wednesday night as the Teranga Lions of Senegal ousted the Stallions of Burkina Faso 3-1 to reach back-to-back successive AFCON Finals and third overall. Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane was instrumental in the win over the Burkinabes, as he scored and provided an assist to raise his goals tally in the competition to three.
A wonderful evening to you fans and followers of Apex Football. Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon which concludes its semi-final stages tonight.