The Egyptian team qualified for the final match of the African Nations in its 33rd edition, held in Cameroon.
The Pharaohs defeated Cameroon in the semi-finals by penalty shootout 3-1 after a draw in the full-time and extra time without goals.
In what was a hugely nervy affair between two African heavyweights on Thursday night, Egypt sent this year’s AFCON hosts packing as they managed to extend on their remarkable winning run from the penalty spot.
Eventually booking their place in the final and a showdown with Senegal for this weekend, the Pharaoh’s victory against Cameroon in Yaoundé will certainly be remembered as one of the most fruitful nights of Carlos Queiroz’s tenure in charge.
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Egypt come through another penalty thriller
Outplayed throughout the whole first-half and failing to ask any real questions of the AFCON hosts, all signs were pointing towards what could quickly turn into a tough night’s work in Yaoundé.
However, with one-time Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz clearly cutting a frustrated figure and knowing that his side were really riding their luck, the Pharaohs must be praised for the adjustments they made after returning from the break.
Clearly not hindered by the vocal Cameroon support in the Olembe Stadium, Egypt put in another gritty display that has seen them gain plenty of plaudits at this year’s tournament.
With Liverpool icon Mohamed Salah almost going close to opening the scoring before André Onana pinched the ball off his toes, Thursday’s guests certainly looked more settled when the prospect of penalties once again came about.
Remarkably, along with knocking out fellow African giants the Ivory Coast from 12 yards out on January 26th, Queiroz’s men have in fact now won each of their three knockout appearances at this year’s tournament from the penalty spot.
With Queiroz shown a pair of bookings from the sidelines and given his marching orders by referee Bakary Gassama late into the second half, Egypt will be riding a real wave when they leave Yaoundé ahead of Sunday’s final.