Revenge sweet for Egypt as victory over eight-man Algeria sets up hat-trick tilt
Published 29/01/2010 | 05:00
Egypt exacted full revenge for their World Cup play-off defeat by arch-rivals Algeria, when they cruised to a 4-0 success last night to reach the African Nations Cup final against Ghana.
Egypt stayed on course for a third successive title with goals from Hosni Abd Rabou, Mohamed Zidan, Mohamed Abdelshafi and Gedo.
Algeria finished the match with eight players following the sendings-off of Rafik Halliche, Nadir Belhadj and Fawzi Chaouchi.
The win was Egypt's first over their north African rival in the history of the competition.
It also extended the Pharaohs' unbeaten run in the championship to 18 games.
Algeria, who won the four previous meetings in the tournament between the sides, were the last team to upset the Egyptians when beating them in Tunisia in 2004.
In yesterday's other semi-final, a first-half goal by Asamoah Gyan earned Ghana a 1-0 win over Nigeria and a place in the decider for the first time in 18 years. Gyan, who also scored the only goal in the quarter-final win over hosts Angola, headed home in the 21st minute.
Nigeria enjoyed long periods of possession and created the best chances, but Ghana held firm.