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Egypt and Senegal to clash in AFCON Final

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will meet in the Africa Cup of Nations final after Egypt beat hosts Cameroon 3-1 on penalties. Mane’s Senegal beat Burkina Faso 3-1 on Wednesday before Salah led Egypt past Cameroon on Thursday evening following a 0-0 draw.

Salah was not required to take a penalty after three of Cameroon’s four takers failed to score, giving Egypt revenge after their defeat to the same opponents in the final of the 2017 edition.

Sunday’s showpiece will be the second crucial match played between Egypt and Senegal in the coming months. In January, the play-off draw for CAF World Cup qualifying pitted the two teams together in a two-legged tie, with only one of the sides progressing to the finals in Qatar.

Egypt’s triumph gives Carlos Queiroz’s side the chance to extend their record as the most successful side in AFCON history. They have already won seven titles, two more than second-place Cameroon. Senegal have never won the competition, but were losing finalists in the 2019 edition.

Cameroon dominated the first half and went close to taking the lead on several occasions. Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui rose highest to a corner and struck the top of the post in the 18th minute. Aboubakar was on the stretch for the rebound, but his effort went wide of the post.

Egypt started off the second half brightly but struggled to create any clear-cut chances. Both sides continued to cancel out each other and it became a cagey affair as the game went on.

Pharaohs manager Queiroz was sent off in the dying moments of the 90 minutes after remonstrating with the referee for what he thought was a punch on Ramadan Sobhi from a Cameroon player.

Extra-time began in the same fashion, with both sets of players looking leggy. Egypt had a golden chance in the dying moment of the game when Sobhi beat his man on the right. With a number of his teammates in the box, he overhit his cross and it went beyond everyone.

Egypt's goalkeeper Gabaski was the hero, saving two penalties before Cameroon's Clinton N'Jie sent the crucial kick sailing onto the running track of the Olembe Stadium.

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