Cameroon 0-0 Egypt summary: score, goals, highlights, AFCON semi-final
Cameroon - Egypt: AFCON semi-final, live online
- Egypt prevail 1-3 on penalty shoot-out
- Egypt boss Carlos Queiroz red carded
- Cameroon the better side in the 90 minutes
- Egypt keeper Mohamed Abou Gabal still struggling with groin issue
Senegal will face Egypt on Sunday in the AFCON final.
Pressure for Cameroon as Clinton N'Jie drives the ball wide and Egypt advance to the final
Advantage to the Pharoahs....
Cameroon miss as Christian Bassogog sees his effort saved too (1-2)
Good save from Mohamed Abou Gabal
Next up is Harold Moukoudi and he has his kick saved (1-1)
Egypt have won their past 5 shoot-outs at AFCON competitions.
Ok, here we go.... Cameroon to shoot first....
Tension palpable as both sides pray ahead of the shoot-out.
That's the final whistle in Yaounde.
We'll have one minute of added time.
Egypt go close as Sobhi fires in a ball and no-one in a white shirt can latch on to the ball.
Mohamed Sherif, the sub, being subbed with a penalty shoot out no doubt in mind for the Egypt side.
Final switch for Egypt as Zizo comes on for Mohamed Sherif
Less than 5 minutes remain and given the limited goal mouth incident in the entire game, one has to believe that the tie will be resolved from the spot.
Plenty of activity on the Egypt bench as the backroom staff communicate with Carlos Queiroz via walkie-talkies.
Egypt look the better of the sides at present with Salah looking busy now as we're less than 10 minutes away from a penalty shoot-out.
Switch for the home side as Jean Onana comes on for Martin Hongla
Half chance as Cameroon shoots and they secure a corner.
The Senegal team will be watching on from their hotel and revel in this game going to extra-time.
Final 15' to see if we can divide the sides is underway.... Very, very tired legs on display and the pitch at the Olembe Stadium looks like an energy sapper too.
Another change for Egypt: Mohamed Sherif comes on for Mostafa Mohamed
Danger for Egypt as Cameroon rob the ball and break. Nije delivers the ball and the keeper spills but at the second time of asking, Egypt clear the danger.
We'll have one further minute to play here in Yaounde,
Best chance of the night for Egypt as Sobhi looks for Trezeguet but the flag is up.
Salah shoots and the ball drifts wide of the Cameroon post. A quiet game from the Egyptian King it has to be said!
Harold-Desty Moukoudi on for Jean-Charles Castelletto (Cameroon switch)
Changes for Cameroon: Christian Bassogog on for Karl Toko Ekambi.
Trezeguet corner for Egypt and we've seen little from the Villa man since his introduction at the start of the second 45'.
Free from James Léa Siliki who over-hits the ball but almost finds the back of net.
All set for the first half of extra time ...Egypt start
The whistle sounds and it's extra-time here in Yaounde.
The Egypt assistant coach is now booked too
Trézéguet has a shot from distance but the effort drifts well wide.
Egypt win a late corner. Will the Pharaohs have the final say here ?
We'll have four minutes of added time.
Final minute of the 90. Is there a last gasp surprise here in Yaounde? Queiroz is off !
Carlos Queiroz is off with the ref. from Gambia showing the former Real Madrid coach a red card.
Final minute of the 90. Is there a last gasp surprise here in Yaounde?
Lurching towards the 90 minute mark with extra time beckoning .... There's been limited attacking play from both sides in the past 15 minutes.
Another switch for the home side as Clinton N'Jie comes on for Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu
Changes for both sides: Egypt: Emam Ashour (in) - Omar Kamal (out) and Mohanad Lasheen replaces Mohamed Elneny
Little fluidity to the game now as tired legs are very much the order of the night.
Caution very much the code word here at the Olembe Stadium with neither side prepared to take any risks now at this late stage of the action.
Change for Cameroon as James Léa Siliki come son for Samuel Oum Gouet
Egypt poised to make three more changes....
Senegal will be watching on and hoping this game will go the distance....The Teranga Lions will also enjoy 24 hours more rest ....
The ball falls to Samuel Oum Gouet and with a rasping drive, the Mechelen man clips the post.
Problems for Egypt as it does look like the groin injury has caught up on Mohamed Abou Gabal. The medics look at the Zamalek man and Sobhy warms up.
I'll make a big call here and now at the 70 minute mark.... 0-0 at the end of 120' and this game will be decided on penalty kicks.
Moumi Ngamaleu has been quiet for Cameroon but wins a dangerous free for his side. The Young Boys player takes it himself but the Egypt keeper is alert to gather.
Another change for Egypt: Ramadan Sobhi (in) - Omar Marmoush (out)
Apparently for something he said as Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) is also carded.
Samuel Oum Gouet (Cameroon) is shown a yellow card for a rash challenge
Past the hour mark in Olembe and still 0-0.
Salah breaks and fine keeping from Onana who is a long way from his box reads the intentions of the Liverpool striker.
Corner for Cameroon. Egypt clear and the balls is averted for another corner on the right flank.
Given Egypt's more positive approach now, the game has livened up as a contest. To be honest, the first 45' was far from a classic.
The ball falls to Anguissa after a decent build-up from the home side but the Napoli man blazes the ball well over the bar.
Egypt did deliver a really strong start at the start of the second half in the quarter final tie against Morocco and this look to be more of the same from the Pharoahs.
Solid header from Mostafa Mohamed but aimed straight at the Cameroon stopper. A much brighter start already from the side in white.
Positive switch from the Egyptian boss with the Aston Villa man a far more positive player than Al-Ahly man he replaced.
Egypt get us underway ....
Change at the break for Egypt: Amr El Solia off with Trézéguet on
Cameroon will be frustrated but it's been disappointing fayre from Egypt with the Pharoahs offering little in attack.
It's Cameroon on the attack as we near the end of the half. Antonio Conceiçao will be disappointed his side have failed to trouble the scoreboard with the West African side enjoying the better of the half. The whistle sounds and it's half-time.
Three minutes of time to be added
More stop-start now with the last ten minutes offering little in terms of free flowing football. Very much the modus operandi of Carlos Querioz Egypt's side it has to be said,
Five minutes remain and it remains goalless here in Yaounde.
Danger as Fathi heads with the ball looping dangerously. Onana tips over but the flag was up.
Kamar is carded as he blocks a man in green and becomes the first player to collect a yellow. That will rule him out of the next game.
Egypt very much in stereotype mode of sitting deep and looking to strike quickly on the break. Carlos Queiroz style !
Salah clips Toko Ekambi and is luck to escape without a yellow card from the Gambian referee.
Stat attack as we pass the 30' mark. Cameroon on top possession-wise.
We've seen very little from this man this evening with Egypt enjoying little of attacking thrust.
It's not the keepers groin this time but his shoulder.
Dangerous ball into the Egypt box and stopper Mohamed Abou Gabal fists well and averts the danger. Once again the Zamalek keeper seems to be in trouble as Sobhy gets ready for a possible entrance.
Kamal strikes from distance for Egypt but his effort is wide with nothing of concern for Onana in the Cameroon goal.
Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui again has anogther great chance as he miscues his strike from the six yard area.
Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui heads the ball off the upright as we go close to the opening goal of the evening. Fine header from the Gent man.
Neither keeper has really been stretched yet as we drift towards the 20 minute mark. Cameroon certainly the brighter of the two teams though.
Does look that Mohamed Abou Gabal in the Egypt goal has aggravated his groin muscle. The Zamalek stopper was forced off during the quarter final tie against Morocco. Worrying for Egypt here !
First decent effort of the evening and it falls to Salah as the ball comes quickly to the Liverpool striker.
The pitch at the stadium is already starting to chop up with large divots already appearming.
Carlos Queiroz looks anxious on the bench as he bellows instructions at his side. The men in white simply unable to get any solid possession and passing going as Cameroon dominate.
Moumi Ngamaleu already looking bright down the Cameroon right hand. The home side dominating the early opening stage of the action so far at the Olembe.
Bakaray Gassama from Gambia is the match official tonight.
Off we go.... 5 time winners Cameroon vs 7 time winners Egypt as Cameroon start the action.
Cameroon in their traditional green shirts and red shorts tonight with Egypt in their change strip of all white.
All set in Yaounde as the teams take to the pitch.....National anthem time with that of Egypt first up .... A massive rendition of the Cameroon anthem with it being belted out by players and fans alike.
Mohamed Abou Gabal back for Egypt
Despite picking up a knock in the quarter final against Morocco, Zamalek and Egypt keeper Mohamed Abou Gabal is back between the sticks for the Pharaohs tonight in Yaounde.
Both these sides will be involved in the CAF third round of World Cup qualifiers with Egypt set to face Senegal with Cameroon up against Algeria. The winners of these home and away games at the end of March will progress to the Qatar World Cup.
Pre-game: Carlos Queiroz
"To reach the semifinals is a reward for us. Facing hosts Cameroon is tough as they play very good football. We want to offer the world a pleasant match between two great African teams. We are ready for this semifinal. It is true that we have played two consecutive matches with extra-time, but we remain ready to play a very good match. We have the right team for this kind of games."
Pre-game: António Conceição
"Our goal is clear; to play a good game and go to the final. We will play against a very good team, Egypt, the most successful team in Africa. They have very good players, including one of the best in the world, namely Mohamed Salah. My players are motivated to win. We have positive pressure, but our pbjective is clear, to win the title for the Cameroonian people."
The omens appear to be against Cameroon
No team have got beyond the semi-finals as a host nation since Egypt in 2006, with the Pharaohs going on to win the tournament – they repeated the feat in each of the next two editions.
Nevertheless, Cameroon's own semi-final record is good, progressing from seven of their previous nine such matches.
Queiroz criticises Eto'o for rabble-rousing ahead of semis
Samuel Eto's's words when he stated tonight's game was like a 'war' didn't go down well with Carlos Queiroz, who will be trying to steer Egypt to Sunday's final - where Senegal await.
"That's a very unfortunate way of looking at it, and a bad message for Cameroon as a nation. I think he may have forgotten that a number of Cameroonians died a few days ago at a football stadium. Making those kinds of declarations before a game says to me that he didn't learn anything during his career as a professional player. It was an unfortunate thing to say, football is not a war, it is something to be celebrated, it's about enjoyment and happiness," Queiroz said.
Teranga Lions await winner in Sunday's final
Senegal beat Burkina Faso 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the final but the Teranga Lions have yet to win the continental title but came close in Cairo in 2019.
Senegal were also runners-up in 2002, the year they went to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea and beat holders France in the opening game and became just the second African country to reach the quarter-finals.
AFCON games return to Olembe Stadium, site of deadly crush
The Africa Cup of Nations will return to the newly built Olembe Stadium in Yaounde for tonght's semi-final match, as well as Sunday’s final, despite a crush at the venue in which eight people were killed over ten days ago.
They crush came about as spectators tried to gain entry to the venue for the last-16 match between hosts Cameroon and the Comoros Islands. A further seven people were seriously injured.
The incident led to a scheduled quarter-final game on Sunday being taken away from the venue. But the Confederation of African Football said they were confident the last two matches scheduled for the 60,000-seater venue could go ahead.
CAF said they had accepted guarantees from the Cameroon government that extra security provisions would be put in place.
"The CAF Organising Committee unanimously agreed to lift the suspension imposed on the Olembe Stadium and are confident that the safety and security of spectators and visitors will be assured,” the confederation said in a statement on Sunday.
For the Pharaohs, the pre-tournament was all about Mo Salah and it has not been much different since the seven-times champions scraped unconvincingly through their group, the Liverpool forward hammering in the decisive kick in the last-16 penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast and scoring the opener against Mali in a 2-1 victory in the quarters, with Trézéguet providing the winner in extra time. Egypt have been struggling for goals of late and have managed only four – fewer than either Aboubakar or Toko Ekambi on their own – across the whole tournament.
The Indomitable Lions have lived up to their name so far at the tournament, going through the group stage and two rounds of knock-outs unbeaten, although the hosts were given an almighty scare by surprise package Comoros in the last 16. No side scored more in the group stage then the hosts’ seven and in Vincent Aboubakar (6) and Karl Toko Ekambi (5) the Lions have the two tournament top scorers heading into the showdown with Egypt.
Tonight's game takes place at the Olembé Stadium and kicks-off at 20:00 CET/2 pm (ET). This will be the first game at the Yaoundé stadium since that fateful Cameroon-Comoros quarter-final when 8 people lost their lives.
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