Egypt beat Burkina Faso to reach AFCON final

  • Mohammed Salah got the first goal in the second half to give Egypt the lead
  • Burkina Faso equalised 7 minutes later through Arsitide Bance
  • Match level at 1-1 after extra time
  • Egypt edged Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties to go through to the final

Egypt became the first team to reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties to book their place.

Honours even at 1-1 after extra time with both goals coming in a seven minute spell in the second half in a tight encounter.

Mohammed Salah got the first goal and his second of the tournament with a sublime curler into the top corner from just inside the box leaving keeper Herve Koffi no chance.

Salah’s goal had come against the run of play as the Burkinabes had Egypt under the cosh for long spells in the match but they found the equaliser when they needed it. Arsitide Bance showed great control in the box cushioning the ball with his chest before volleying past El Hadary who had yet to concede in four matches prior.

The Stallions held a slight advantage after the first set of penalty kicks, Alain Traore converted off the post with aplomb while Herve Koffi palmed El-Said’s attempt on to the post. That was as good as it got for them, El Hadary finally dived the right way for the fourth and the fifth kicks saving from Koffi and Bertrand Traore respectively to send Egypt through to the final.

The Pharaohs have now made it to the finals in their last four appearances going on to win it in the previous three.

Route to the final

Egypt qualified for the quarterfinals as the top team in Group D. They drew 0-0 with Mali in their opener, before a pair of 1-0 wins over Uganda and Ghana. They then beat Morocco 1-0 in their quarterfinal.

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