AFCON 2021: Cameroon will face Egypt in the semi-final
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The third match of the quarterfinals was played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé on January 30th, 2022. At the end of this match, Egypt finally snatched the third ticket for the semi-finals after beating Morocco with a score of 2-1. It is the upcoming opponent of Cameroon.
The country of Mohamed Salah was led since the seventh minute of play after a foul on Achraf Hakimi in the penalty area. The penalty converted by Sofiane Boufal gave the advantage to his team. An advantage that Morocco was unable to maintain after the break. In the 53rd minute, following a corner, Abdelmonem plays the ball with his head and the Moroccan goalkeeper sends the ball back on the line. Mohamed Salah alone in the Moroccan six meters puts the two teams on equal terms (1-1). At the end of the 90 minutes, the two countries are tied (1-1).
During the first period of extra time, in the 100th minute, Hassam Trezeguet gave his country the lead. On a personal action of Mohamed Salah, who clears his opponent on the right side, overflows and sends the ball to the far post. Yassine Bounou, the Moroccan goalkeeper is beaten, Trezeguet emerges and sends the ball into the net (2-1). Morocco will try to push as well as possible, but the Egyptian defense will resist the attacks. Achraf Hakimi and his teammates will not reach the semi-finals as in 2004 when they lost in the final to Tunisia. Mohamed Salah finished man of the match.
Seven times African champions, the Pharaohs of Egypt will face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the semi-finals on February 3rd, 2022. A confrontation that will be the remake of the 2017 final in Gabon, where the Indomitable Lions won 2-1.