2021 AFCON: Pharaohs rule over Morocco to book date with host nation, Senegal roar into the semis [Check out quarterfinal results, semifinal fixtures, date and time]

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Egypt defeated Morocco 2-1 after extra-time to secure a place in the semifinal of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Morocco got off to a flying start at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, scoring the opener in the 7th minute from a spot-kick after Achraf Hakimi was fouled in the box.

Egypt from there on stepped their game up and marauded pressure on Morocco. The pressure paid off in the 53rd minute, Mohammed Salah reacted the quickest to tap a rebound into the net.

The remaining minutes of 90 minutes saw no goals as the game went into extra-time. Egypt were dealt with a blow in the opening minutes of extra-time, goalkeeper Gabaski pulled an injury and was replaced by Mohamed Sobhi.

In the 100th minute, Egypt scored to complete a comeback, Trezeguet tapped the ball into an empty net after a good work by Mohammed Salah down the right flank.

Egypt kept their composure in the remaining minutes of the game to win 2-1 and secure a place in the semifinal.

In the second semifinal, Senegal showed their superiority to beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 and move closer to winning their first AFCON.

The opening minutes of the game was evenly contested and was short of chances. Senegal started to see more of the ball and opened the scoring in the 28th minute, Famara Diedhiuo slotted the ball into the bottom left corner after he was set free by Sadio Mane.

At the start of the second half, Equatorial Guinea thought they were handed a way back into the game after the referee pointed to the spot for a handball by Kalidou Koulibaly. The decision was overturned after a VAR check.

The situation didn’t bog the Equatorial Guinea players down as they grabbed the equalizer in the 57th minute, Jannick Buyla after receiving a good pass from Pablo Garnet side footed the ball into the net.

Just minutes after conceding, Aliou Cissé threw on Ismaila Sarr, Bamba Ding and Cheikhou Kouyaté. The substitutions paid off as Senegal regained the lead in the 68th minute through Cheikhou Kouyaté after a mess by the Equatorial Guinea defense.

Senegal killed the game in the 79th minute and in the process booked a semifinal date with host nation Cameroon. Ismaila Sarr was at the right place to put a cutback from Saliou Ciss into the net.

The seminal will see Burkina Faso play Senegal and Cameroon face Egypt.

Quarter-final results

Cameroon 2-0 Gambia

Burkina Faso 1-0 Tunisia

Egypt 2-1 Morocco (After Extra-time)

Senegal 3-1 Equatorial Guinea

Semi-final schedule

Wednesday February 2

Burkina Faso vs Senegal, 7pm (Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde)

Thursday February 3

Cameroon vs Egypt, 7pm (Olembe Stadium, Yaounde)

Third-place match

Sunday February 6

Burkina Faso/Senegal vs Cameroon/Egypt, 4pm (Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde)

Final

Sunday February 6

Burkina Faso/Senegal vs Cameroon/Egypt, 7pm (Olembe Stadium, Yaounde)

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