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AFCON 2017: Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon Make Final Four

Cameroon fans at African Cup of Nations 2017 between Cameroon and Gabon at Libreville, Gabon on 20/1/2017. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
AFCON 2017: Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon Make Final Four

Here at the Stoppage Time, let’s take a look at what has happened in the 2017 African Cup Of Nations so far. In our AFCON coverage with a look back at group play and Group A. The first match day on Jan. 14 saw a pair of draws. Gabon and Guinea-Bissau played to a 1-1 draw with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (52′) and Juary Soares (90′ + 1′) exchanging goals. The same result took place between Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Benjamin Moukandjo opened the scoring in the 35th minute for Cameroon before Issoufou Dayo equalized for the home team in the 75th minute.

On the second match day, Jan. 18, Gabon and Burkina Faso played to a 1-1 draw. Prejuce Nakoulma scored for Burkina Fason in the 23th minute before Aubameyang equalized in the 38th minute of play. Cameroon defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-1 on goals from Sebastien Siani (51′) and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (78′). Piqueti scored in the 13th minute for Guinea Bissau. On the third match day, Jan. 22, Cameroon and Gabon played to a scoreless draw while Burkina Faso defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0 on an own goal by Rudinilson Silva (12′) and a 58th minute clincher from Bertrand Traore.

Burkina Faso and Cameroon advanced to the quarterfinals from this group. All matches were at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville with the exception of Guinea-Bissau vs. Burkina Faso, which took place at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville.

Over in Group B, Senegal and Tunisia went through. All matches with the exception of Zimbabwe-Tunisia were in Franceville, the exception being in Libreville. Match Day 1 was on Jan. 15. Algeria drew with Zimbabwe 2-2, a Riyad Mahrez brace (12, 82) offset by goals from Kudakwashe Mahachi (17′) and Nyasha Mushekwi (29′). Senegal shut out Tunisia on goals from Sadio Mane (10′) and Kara Mbodji (30′).

 

Match Day 2 in Group B took place on Jan. 19. Tunisia dealt a big blow to Algeria with a big 2-1 win on an own goals from Aissa Mandi (50′) and a 66th minute penalty from Naim Sliti. Sofiane Hanni scored in the second minute of second half stoppage time for Algeria. Senegal, meanwhile shut out Zimbabwe 2-0 on goals from Mane (9′) and Henri Saivet (13′).

 

Senegal and Algeria dueled on Match Day 3, Jan. 23 and the end result was a 2-2 draw. Islam Slimani scored a brace in the 19th and 52nd minutes, while Papakouli Diop (43′) and Moussa Sow (53′) scored for Senegal. A wild shootout in Libreville saw Tunisia hammer Zimbabwe 4-2. Sliti (9′), Youssef Msakni (22′), Taha Yassine Khenissi (39′) and Wahbi Khazri (45′) scored for Tunisia, while Knowledge Musona (42′) and Tendai Ndoro (58′) scored for Zimbabwe.

DR Congo and Morocco advanced to the quarterfinals from Group C. All matches with the exception of Togo vs. DR Congo were at at the Stade d’Oyem in Oyem, with the other at the Stade de Port-Gentil in Port-Gentil. Match Day 1 was on Jan. 16, and while the Ivory Coast and Togo played to a scoreless draw, a 55th minute goal from Junior Kabananga powered DR Congo to a 1-0 win over Morocco.

Match Day 2 took place on Jan. 20. The Ivory Coast and DR Congo played to a 2-2 draw, with Ivorian goals from Wilfried Bony (25′) and Serey Die (67′) offset by goals from Neeskens Kebano (10′) and Kabananga (28′). Morocco put the boost to Togo 3-1 on goals from Aziz Bouhaddouz (14′), Romain Saiss (21′) and Youssef En-Nesyri (72′). Matheiu Dossevi scored five minutes in for Togo.

Match Day 3 was on Jan. 24, with Morocco shutting out the Ivory Coast 1-0 on a 64th minute goal from Rachid Alioui. DR Congo, meanwhile, rolled Togo 3-1 on goals from Kabananga (29′), Firmin Ndombe Mubele (54′) and Paul-Jose M’Poku (80′). Kodjo Fo-Do Laba scored in the 69th minute for Togo.

 

Egypt and Ghana, unsurprisingly, progressed to the quarterfinals from Group D. All matches except Uganda vs. Mali were in Port-Gentil, the other being in Oyem. Match Day 1 was on Jan. 17, and Ghana got off to a good start shutting out Uganda 1-0 on a 32nd miunute from Andre Ayew. Mali and Egypt played to a scoreless draw.

Match Day 2 was on Jan. 21 and Asamoah Gyan was next to be the hero for the Black Stars as his 21st minute goal gave Ghana a 1-0 win over Mali. Abdallah Said’s 89th minute strike drove the Pharoahs to a 1-0 win over Uganda. Match Day 3 was on Jan. 25, and Egypt prevailed over Ghana 1-0 on an 11th minute strike from Mohamed Salah. Uganda and Mali played to a 1-1 draw, a 70th minute goal from Farouk Miya for Uganda offset by a 73rd minute Mali goal by Yves Bissouma.

The quarterfinals took place on Jan. 28 and Burkina Faso started things off with a 2-0 shutout win over Tunisia in Libreville. Aristide Bance (81′) and Nakoulma (85′) delivered some late show drama for Paulo Duarte’s Stallions. After a scoreless draw between Senegal and Cameroon, it was Hugo Broos’s Indomitable Lions that prevailed 5-4 on penalties. Cameroon was clinical from the spot, while Mane takes the fall for a miss that sealed the match.

Over in Oyem, the Ayew brothers were on the mark as Ghana defeated DR Congo 2-1. Jordan (63′) and Andre (78′) slammed the door shut, while M’Poku scored a fleeting equalizer in the 68th that wouldn’t last. Finally, another 1-0 win for Egypt took place over Morocco in Port-Gentil. Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim, also known as Kahraba, scored late in the 88th minute.

Here are your scoreline predictions for the semifinals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Burkina Faso 2, Egypt 1
Ghana 2, Cameroon 0

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