Monday, February 11, 2008

Egypt - CAN 2008 victor

Two years ago the Egyptians were champs for a record 5th time on home soil and needed a post-match penalty shootout to win. But the class of 2008 proved a far more elegant outfit, starting the finals with a 4-2 rout of the Indomitable Lions and finishing off with a 1-0 victory over the same squad in the decider.

Mohamed Aboutrika scored the only goal, profiting from the perseverance of Mohamed Zidan. The Hamburg man was in a tussle with Cameroon captain Rigobert Song to deliver a square pass that man-of-the-match Aboutrika calmly side footed home.

Zidan caught the experienced central defender off balance with his pace, effectively robbing him of the ball

The goal came 13 minutes from the end of a physically sapping scuffle, leaving both sides struggling with the high temperature and humidity in the Ghanaian capital.

Aboutrika has made a habit of netting winning goals. Two years ago he converted the decisive kick in the penalty shootout that saw Egypt edge out the Ivorians.


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