Egypt 3-1 Cameroon: Controversial Free Kick Ends Indomitable Lions' Hopes

The Pharaohs soaked up a lot of pressure to tame the Indomitable Lions en route to 3-1 quarter-final victory...
Egypt 3-1 Cameroon Stats/Lineups
African Nations Cup Competition

Cameroon tasted their third straight defeat at the hands of Egypt in two African Cup of Nations tournaments when they lost 3-1 in the quarter-finals on Monday.

The Indomitable Lions dictated the pace of the game and mounted a lot of pressure on the six-time African champions but a controversial free-kick from captain Ahmed Hassan just five minutes into extra-time helped the Pharaohs progress to the semi-finals. His shot did not cross the goal-line but it went on the blind side of referee Damon Jerome and his officials.

Cameroon opened the scoring through Hassan’s 26th minute own-goal. His attempt to clear Emana’s corner kick ended up in his own net but Moteab came close to equalising two minutes later but missed a counter plot from team-mate Zidane.

Hassan made up for his blunder in the 37th minute when he equalised for the Pharaohs. He took advantage of a defensive error and struck a 34-metre pile driver that beat Kameni and both teams went into the interval all tied up at one goal apiece.

Mohamed Gedo put the defending champions in front in injury time when he capitalised on Jerome Njitap's weak back pass to Kameni. He was swift to push the ball in between the legs of the goalkeeper.

Hassan's 170th appearance for his country tonight made him Africa's most capped player and he was very instrumental after his blunder and was all over the pitch to take his team through.

Cameroonian striker and ace Samuel Eto’o was in his best in the last 15 minutes of regulation time as he came close to scoring in the 77th minute but his kick went straight into the hands of goal keeper El Hadary. Ten minutes later Iddrisou set him up 10 yards outside the box but he struck it too wide off the goal post.

The World Cup bound side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the last ten minutes but failed to convert most of their chances into goal that forced the game into the extra time.

Cameroonian Chedjou was the only player that went into the bad books of the South African referee when he received his marching orders close to the end of the extra-time after holding off substitute Gedo as the last man.

Egypt now meet Algeria in the semi-finals that could be a repetition of the World Cup play-off which saw the Fennecs secure a place in South Africa.