Africa Cup of Nations - Final
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Africa Cup of Nations 2017: Cameroon 2-1 Egypt

Cameroon's players celebrate winning the Africa Cup of Nations
Cameroon's last-gasp win ends a 15-year wait for another continental crown

Cameroon came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 and seal a fifth Africa Cup of Nations in a thrilling, edgy final.

Substitute Vincent Aboubakar swept in the winner two minutes from time, flicking the ball over defender Ali Gabr and thumping it home.

Nicolas Nkoulou had earlier equalised for Cameroon, rising highest to power in a header on the hour mark.

The equaliser cancelled out Mohamed Elneny's opener on 22 minutes with a beautifully taken near-post strike.

The wild celebrations for Aboubakar's winner announced Cameroon's return to the continental summit, after a 15-year wait.

It also makes them the second most successful nation in the competition's history - behind Egypt - and marks the first time they have beaten the Pharaohs in the final in three attempts.

Besiktas striker Aboubakar ran towards the triumphant Cameroon fans in the Stade de l'Amitie stands in Libreville to celebrate, pursued by delirious team-mates and coaching staff.

Underdogs Cameroon had already upset the odds to reach the final and stunned the much-fancied Egyptians with a late dramatic strike, after fellow substitute Nkoulou had drawn them level.

Cameroon players celebrate Vincent Aboubakar's winner
Cameroon players - and staff - run for the stands to celebrate Vincent Aboubakar's winner

Despite being beset by pre-tournament problems, including the withdrawal of key players such as Joel Matip and Eric Choupo-Moting, coach Hugo Broos managed to assemble a squad that got their reward for being strong, adaptable and resilient in equal measure throughout.

The Pharaohs - bidding for an eighth title after seven years in the international wilderness - started comfortably and Elneny's opening strike capped a wonderful fluent move down the right.

The Gunners midfielder started the move and finished it - receiving the ball from Mohamed Salah in the box and sweeping it past Fabrice Ondoa into the roof of the net at the near post.

Nicolas Nkoulou celebrates with team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo
Goalscorer Nicolas Nkoulou celebrates with winning team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo

But Egypt invited the Indomitable Lions to come at them in the second half and they paid a heavy price.

The excellent Cameroon forward Benjamin Moukandjo whipped in a dangerous cross and substitute Nkoulou muscled his way through the Egyptian defence to beat Ahmed Hegazy to the ball and bury it past 44-year-old Essam El Hadary in the Egyptian goal.

The contest developed into a fascinating cagey final, with Cameroon, inspired by Christian Bassogog and Jacques Zoua up front, pinning Egypt back and limiting them to long balls to Salah and substitute Ramadan Sobhi.

Fatigue soon set in in the Egyptian ranks and Cameroon got their reward for increasing the pressure on the experienced Pharaohs defence.

Egypt's veteran keeper Essam El Hadary
Egypt's veteran keeper Essam El Hadary was denied a fifth Africa Cup of Nations title

Aboubakar controlled a long ball forward with his chest at the edge of the box, flicked it over the stranded Gabr, before gathering, taking a step and smashing home off his right foot for a fitting winner.

The Egyptians - featuring the tournament's oldest and most experienced player - El Hadary, were left stunned after looking comfortable for much of the first half.

As they had done for much of the tournament, Egypt relied on a well-marshalled defence, led by Ahmed Hegazy, Gabr and Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady. They also had the formidable Elneny and Salah leading the line.

The Pharaohs more than played their part in an entertaining final, but it was Cameroon's energy that would light up the occasion and provide a thrilling end to a thoroughly entertaining tournament for the near-capacity crowd of more than 38,000 in the Gabonese capital.

Belgian coach Hugo Broos celebrates with his Cameroon players
Belgian coach Hugo Broos celebrates his first African title with Cameroon

Belgian coach Broos reflected the unity in his squad's ranks, as he celebrated the first Nations Cup title of his career.

"I am happy for the players," he said. "This is not a group of football players, they are a group of friends."

Egypt coach Hector Cuper was left to dwell on another defeat in a major final, having lost two European Champions League finals with Spanish club Valencia.

"The sadness I have is not because I lost another final," he said.

"It's because there was so much hope especially among the people in Egypt and I am sorry for the players who put in so much effort."

Line-ups

Egypt

  • 1El Hadary
  • 3Elmohamady
  • 2Gabr Mossad
  • 6Hegazy
  • 7Ahmed Ibrahim
  • 8El Said Hamed
  • 17Elneny
  • 10Salah
  • 19El Said
  • 21HassanSubstituted forSobhiat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Warda

Substitutes

  • 4Sayed Gaber
  • 5Mohamed Gad
  • 9Hassan
  • 12Abdallah Duiedar
  • 13Shafy
  • 14Sobhi
  • 15Hafez
  • 16Ekramy Ahmed
  • 20Saad Ali

Cameroon

  • 1Ondoa
  • 19FaiBooked at 90mins
  • 5Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  • 4TeikeuSubstituted forN'Koulouat 31'minutes
  • 6Oyongo Bitolo
  • 15Siani
  • 17Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 13BassogogBooked at 90mins
  • 9Zoua DaogariSubstituted forMandjeckat 90+4'minutes
  • 8Moukandjo
  • 18TambeSubstituted forAboubakarat 45'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 2Mabouka Maoussi
  • 3N'Koulou
  • 7N'Jie
  • 10Aboubakar
  • 11Salli
  • 12Boya
  • 14Mandjeck
  • 16Goda
  • 20Toko Ekambi
  • 21Djetei
  • 22Ngwen
  • 23Mbokwe
Referee:
Janny Sikazwe

Match Stats

Home TeamEgyptAway TeamCameroon
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home4
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Egypt 1, Cameroon 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Egypt 1, Cameroon 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Christian Bassogog (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Christian Bassogog (Cameroon) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Georges Mandjeck replaces Jacques Zoua.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Abdallah El Said from a direct free kick.

Booking

Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Collins Fai (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Collins Fai (Cameroon).

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

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Bassogog.

Foul by Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon).

Ahmed Fathy (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Egypt 1, Cameroon 2. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sébastien Siani.

Christian Bassogog (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdallah El Said (Egypt).

Hand ball by Tarek Hamed (Egypt).

Offside, Egypt. Abdallah El Said tries a through ball, but Ali Gabr is caught offside.

Foul by Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Amr Warda (Egypt) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christian Bassogog.

Attempt missed. Jacques Zoua (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Cameroon).

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

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazy.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Ahmed Fathy.

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Benjamin Moukandjo.

Attempt missed. Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Benjamin Moukandjo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazy.

Jacques Zoua (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt).

Foul by Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Cameroon).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Egypt. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Trezeguet.

Attempt blocked. Collins Fai (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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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