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AFCON 2021: Mo Salah, Trezeguet Combine to Send Egypt to Semis as Morocco Exit
- Egypt vs Morocco AFCON quarter-final clash ended in a 2-1 win for the Pharaohs in Yaoundé
- Salah stepped up to inspire Egypt to victory as he scored once before he set up Trezeguet for the winner
- The Pharaohs will now face hosts Cameroon in the semi-final of the tournament
Egypt are through to the semi-final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Pharaohs sealed qualification to the last four after they stunned Morocco 2-1 in the quarter-finals on Sunday, January 30, in Yaounde.
Egypt set up a north African derby with the Atlas Lions after overcoming a gruelling clash with the Ivory Coast in the last 16.
On their part, Morocco needed Youssef En-Nesyri and a stunning Achraf Hakimi free-kick to turn things around against minnows Malawi.
However, that was as far as their 2021 AFCON campaign could go as they suffered a heartbreaking exit in the hands of Egypt.
This is despite Vahid Halilhodzic's charges taking an early lead after Sofiane Boufal stepped up to convert a penalty in the sixth minute.
Things were pretty much balanced through the first half as Morocco held on to head into the half with the advantage.
However, Mohamed Salah restored parity for Egypt in the 53rd minute, pouncing on a rebound after Bounou saved the Liverpool star's first shot.
Neither side was able to score the winner for the remainder of the half, forcing the tie into extra-time.
Egypt were finally able to earn the winner in the 100th minute through Trezeguet who slotted home from Salah's well-placed pass.
Carlos Queiroz's men will now face off against hosts Cameroon in the semi-finals as they hope to win the continental trophy they last won a decade ago.
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