LIVE: Egypt vs Cameroon – 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final
Keep up with all the action as KingFut cover the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final between Egypt and Cameroon in Libreville, Gabon.
Today, the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is finally coming to a close; Egypt take on Cameroon in a repeat of the 2008 final in Ghana, which saw the former team clinch the trophy with a lone Mohamed Abou-Trika strike.
The Indomitable Lions were crushed by the result, and will understandably be out to avenge their loss on Sunday evening, in Libreville.
Egypt, journey to the final saw the finish top of a potentially tricky Group D containing the like of Ghana, Uganda and Mali, before squeezing past Morocco at the quarterfinal stage. A masterclass from Essam El-Hadary – the oldest player to ever feature at an Africa Cup of Nations – then saw the Pharaohs through against an excellent Burkina Faso team on Wednesday.
Cameroon, meanwhile, advanced to the knockout stages after placing second in Group A, which saw hosts Gabon make a surprise exit as Burkina Faso – who defeated Ghana on Saturday in the third-place play-off – topped the group. In the last eight, there was another huge surprise, as Cameroon sent tournament favorites Senegal packing with a 5-4 penalty shootout win, before dispatching Ghana 2-0 on Thursday to secure a place in the final.
It should be noted that both finalists have relied on a tight defence in their campaigns, rather that a high-scoring attack; Egypt scored four goals and conceded one en-route to the final, while Cameroon scored five times and conceded twice in five matches.
It would thus be wise to expect a tight and nervy affair in Libreville, not unlike the 2008 final- in fact, the last nine Africa Cup of Nations finals saw the winners clinch the trophy with a one-goal margin or on penalties.
Will the Pharaohs maintain their upper hand against their opponents, or will Hugo Broos lead Cameroon to a first title in 15 years?
Can’t wait for the match to start? See how we fared in our predictions for the Africa Cup of Nations in our comprehensive guide here.
Egypt XI: Essam El-Hadary; Ahmed Elmohamady, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed Salah; Amr Warda.
Cameroon XI: Fabrice Ondoa; Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Ambroise Oyongo, Collins Fai, Benjamin Moukandjo, Sébastien Siani, Arnaud Djoum, Robert Ndip Tambe, Christian Bassogog, Jacques Zoua.
1′: We’re underway at Stade de l’Amitié.
2′: CHANCE for Egypt!! Mohamed Salah sends Abdallah El-Said through but his shot is saved by Ondoa.
5′: Egypt 0-0 Cameroon
7′: Siani nearly opened the scoreline for Cameroon but his shot is easily saved by Essam El-Hadary.
10′: Egypt 0-0 Cameroon.
14′: Bassogog with long range shot which flew high into the stands.
20′: Egypt 0-0 Cameroon.
23′: GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL !! ELNENY MAKES IT 1-0.
Mohamed Salah sends Mohamed Elneny through, and the midfielder scores from a very tight angle. Egypt 1-0 Cameroon.
31′: SUB for Cameroon. Teiku OFF, Nkoulou ON. Still 1-0 to the Pharaohs.
40′: Egypt 1-0 Cameroon.
Here is Elneny’s brilliant goal:
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HT: Egypt 1-0 Cameroon.
45′: Ndip Tambe OFF. Aboubaker ON. The 2nd off is underway.
54′: Cameroon have controlled possession since the restart, but are yet to create any real chances.
58′: A set piece for Egypt leads to Cameroon breaking and winning a corner.
59′: Goal! The substitute Nkoulou scores on a cross after Egypt fails to clear the initial corner.
Egypt 1-1 Cameroon.
65′: Egypt struggling to get out of their own half as Cameroon has all the possession.
66′: Mahmoud Trezeguet OFF, Ramadan Sobhi ON for Egypt.
68′: A free kick for Cameroon is headed away for a Cameroonian corner, their 4th of the match.
Nkoulou meets the ball once again with his head, but doesn’t find the target this time.
70′: Aboubakar’s solo run ends in a Cameroon corner, which is dealt with.
A subsequent Egyptian attack through Salah comes to no fruition.
78′: Egypt has a spell in possession, but Abdallah El-Said gives the ball away poorly leading to a couple of Cameroonian chances.
81′: Fair play from the Cameroonians, as they put the ball out of play for Amr Warda, who’s pulled up with a cramp.
No change for now.
84′: Amr Warda wins a free kick for Egypt, which Abdallah El-Said takes. Nothing comes of it for Egypt.
88′: Goal! A solo effort by Vincent Aboubakar beats El Hadary. Aboubakar scores a fantastic goal off a long ball, doing all the work himself.
Cameroon 2-1 Egypt.
90′: 3 minutes additional time added on. A free kick for Egypt from 30 yards.
90′: Elneny’s free kick is nowhere near the target.
FT: Cameroon 2-1 Egypt. Congratulations to Cameroon, champions of Africa!
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