Egypt reach AFCON final…without Elneny

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Egypt needed penalties to overcome Burkina Faso as they reached a record-equalling ninth African Cup of Nations final.

Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 44-years-old, was the hero on the night for the Pharoah’s as he saved Bertrand Traore’s spot-kick to secure a 4-3 victory in the shootout.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in normal time before Aristide BanceĀ found a leveller for the underdogs.

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny sat out the clash having picked up a calf strain earlier in the week. Our man faces a race against time if he’s to participate in Sunday’s final against either Cameroon or Ghana.

What is clear is that he’ll miss Saturday’s game with Chelsea.

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