Africa Cup of Nations - Semi-final
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Egypt win 4-3 on penalties

Afcon 2017: Egypt beat Burkina Faso on penalties to reach final

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary
Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary saved two penalties

Egypt reached a record-equalling ninth Africa Cup of Nations final, beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary proved Egypt's hero, saving Bertrand Traore's spot-kick to secure victory.

In normal time Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Egypt when he curled a superb shot into the top left corner.

Burkina Faso levelled when Aristide Bance chested down Charles Kabore's cross and volleyed in.

In doing so, they became the first side to score against Egypt this tournament.

The Burkinabe, who were the more adventurous and ambitious side throughout normal play, took an immediate advantage in the shootout.

Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, only 20 years old, magnificently pushed Abdallah El Said's spot-kick on to the post.

But he soon experienced the other side of shootouts when he stepped up to take his side's fourth penalty and was unable to beat El Hadary - who at 24 years his senior is the oldest Nations Cup player in history.

El Hadary's experience - he now has a chance to win his fifth African title - proved vital as he then saved Bertrand Traore's effort to send Burkina Faso home.

Egypt's players console Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi
Egypt's players console Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi

It was a dramatic end to a game that was cagey, thanks to Egypt's predominantly defensive approach, which had served them well and meant they had not conceded a goal going into the match.

Two moments of excellent football provided the breakthroughs for the teams - Salah's curling opener was sublime as was the chest control and volley from Bance that restored parity.

Otherwise the football was not quite of the highest standard, with Koffi largely a bystander.

While El Hadary was called on more often, he was relatively comfortable in keeping out shots from Prejuce Nakoulma and Banou Diawara.

Egypt's victory continues their remarkable success rate in Nations Cup semi-finals - they have now won their past six.

In clinching victory in Libreville they equal Ghana's record of appearing in nine finals.

And if on Sunday they beat the winner of Thursday's semi-final between Cameroon and Ghana, Egypt will extend their own record as the most successful Nations Cup side with an eighth title.

Line-ups

Burkina Faso

  • 16Koffi
  • 2YagoBooked at 98mins
  • 14Dayo
  • 4Koné
  • 20Coulibaly
  • 8TraoreSubstituted forDiawaraat 80'minutes
  • 18Kabore
  • 19TraoréBooked at 86mins
  • 22Blati Touré
  • 7Nakoulma
  • 15BancéSubstituted forTraoreat 103'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sawadogo
  • 3Paro
  • 5Malo
  • 6Bouba Saré
  • 9Diawara
  • 10Traore
  • 11Pitroipa
  • 12Guira
  • 13Koanda
  • 21Bayala
  • 23Sanou

Egypt

  • 1El Hadary
  • 3ElmohamadySubstituted forSayed Gaberat 107'minutes
  • 2Gabr Mossad
  • 6Hegazy
  • 7Ahmed IbrahimBooked at 40mins
  • 8El Said Hamed
  • 10Salah
  • 19El Said
  • 5Mohamed Gad
  • 21HassanSubstituted forSobhiat 85'minutes
  • 11Abdel-MoneimBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWardaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Sayed Gaber
  • 9Hassan
  • 12Abdallah Duiedar
  • 14Sobhi
  • 15Hafez
  • 16Ekramy Ahmed
  • 17Elneny
  • 18Mohsen
  • 20Saad Ali
  • 22Warda
Referee:
Malang Diedhiou

Match Stats

Home TeamBurkina FasoAway TeamEgypt
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home24
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Burkina Faso 1(3), Egypt 1(4).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Burkina Faso 1(3), Egypt 1(4).

Penalty saved! Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(3), Egypt 1(4). Amr Warda (Egypt) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Kouakou Herve Koffi (Burkina Faso) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(3), Egypt 1(3). Mohamed Salah (Egypt) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(3), Egypt 1(2). Steeve Yago (Burkina Faso) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(2), Egypt 1(2). Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(2), Egypt 1(1). Banou Diawara (Burkina Faso) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(1), Egypt 1(1). Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1(1), Egypt 1. Alain Traoré (Burkina Faso) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty saved! Abdallah El Said (Egypt) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Burkina Faso 1, Egypt 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Burkina Faso 1, Egypt 1.

Attempt blocked. Blati (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Alain Traoré (Burkina Faso).

Abdallah El Said (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Alain Traoré (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ibrahim Salah (Egypt).

Corner, Burkina Faso. Conceded by Tarek Hamed.

Banou Diawara (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt).

Foul by Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso).

Amr Warda (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Banou Diawara.

Substitution

Substitution, Egypt. Omar Gaber replaces Ahmed Elmohamady.

Second Half Extra Time begins Burkina Faso 1, Egypt 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Burkina Faso 1, Egypt 1.

Corner, Egypt. Conceded by Yacouba Coulibaly.

Foul by Blati (Burkina Faso).

Amr Warda (Egypt) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burkina Faso. Alain Traoré replaces Aristide Bancé.

Attempt missed. Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Banou Diawara.

Banou Diawara (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ibrahim Salah (Egypt).

Booking

Steeve Yago (Burkina Faso) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steeve Yago (Burkina Faso).

Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso31204225
2Cameroon31203215
3Gabon30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301225-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal32106247
2Tunisia32016516
3Algeria302156-12
4Zimbabwe301248-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo32106337
2Morocco32014226
3Ivory Coast302123-12
4Togo301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt32102027
2Ghana32012116
3Mali302112-12
4Uganda301213-21
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