Africa’s two most decorated national teams clashed in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Thursday night as Egypt took on Cameroon, but home advantage wasn’t enough to see Cameroon through.
In a hard-fought tie which will be remembered for the occasion rather than the match itself, the tension was clear for all to see.
Former Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz was dismissed for dissent and will therefore miss the final despite his team Egypt progressing.
Neither side could find a way through, with the best chance falling to Mohamed Salah, though Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana was equal to his effort in a one-on-one.
The tie went to extra-time with Cameroon growing into the tie, but even so, none of the four attempts on target looked likely to break the deadlock and the tie went to a penalty shoot-out.
In the end, the pressure was too much for the Cameroonian penalty takers as Harold Moukoudi, James Lea Siliki and Clinton Njie all missed for the home side.
Egypt scored all three of their penalties, meaning that when Njie sent his effort high over the bar, that was all that needed to book their place in the final.
The result means that Liverpool duo Salah and Sadio Mane will come face to face in the final on Sunday evening.