December 13, 2018



In the semifinals in The African Cup of Nations, Egypt beat Burkina Faso by penalties. The match played in Libreville ended up being a draw one to one in the regular time and didn’t change during the extra 30′ minutes. The Egyptian goal was scored by Abdallah El Salid and the other one for Burkina Faso by Aristide Bancé. Egypt is the country that won the Cupo more times and will play the final once more, although true that the “Pharaohs” had some difficulties to win the “Stallions”, who didn’t forget about the 2013 sub championship.

Burkina Faso started better the first half playing with the speed of Nakoulma and Bancé’s power in the front. That way the burkinabes started to worry Essam El Hadary who was trying to guard his opponent target. Egypt, on the other hand, had better chances to score from outside the area during the first half.

At the beginning of the second half the game was more equal for both countries, Burkina Faso wasn’t dominating completely the game anymore and Egypt started to get closer to Koffi’s target. At the 21st minute El Salid kicked the ball from outside the area and introduced it in the left angle to scored the first goal of the match.

The Egyptians’ joy didn’t last much, 7′ minutes later, Burkina Faso tied the game after a great move from Nakouloma who passed the ball from the right side and it ended in Bancé’s chest to scored the goal that decreed the definitive 1 to 1.

Since then the Egyptian kept catching every single ball the burkinabes trowed, and just like that, the additional time began even though the scoreboard did not change.

In the penalty series, Koffi catched the first one, but once Essam El Hadary appeared again in the two last shoots to give the victory to his team by a 4 to 3.

This way, Egypt will play its ninth final of The African Cup of Nations, and is is going to search its eighth triumph against the winner between Ghana and Cameroon, which will be played today in Franceville.

Translated by Malena Dispaldro

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