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Cameroon beat Ghana to reach AFCON 2017 final

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Cameroon defeated Ghana 2-0 on Thursday to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final for the first time in nine years, and will face Egypt in Libreville on Sunday. 

The first half was close, with both sets of defenders dealing well with any threats posed by the opposition.

In the second half, however, it looked as if Ghana would take control of the game with Atsu and Wakaso going closest.

In the 72nd minute, Cameroon scored their first goal; Moukandjo’s free kick was headed away from Brimah by Boye and the goal was eventually scored by Ngadeu-Ngadjui.

Hoping to get back into the game, Avram Grant threw on Asamoah Gyan, who had been deemed unfit to start the game.

Even though Ghana went close time and time again, Cameroon had the final word in the third minute of injury time, when Bassogog scored from a swift counter.

The result sets up a replay of the 2008 final against Egypt. It also means that Ghana have reached six consecutive semifinals since 2008, and have failed to win the tournament on any of those occasions.

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