Two second-half goals completed a stunning comeback for Cameroon against overwhelming favorites Egypt. Just as the game seemed to be heading for extra-time, the underdogs scored late on to record a famous victory.
Record champions and pre-tournament favorites Egypt were looking for an eighth Africa Cup of Nations’ title and dominated the opening stages against Cameroon. El Said had the first good chance just two minutes in, but his first-time shot was well saved by Ondoa. The Pharaohs were rewarded for their early pressure in the 22nd minute, when Mohamed Elneny beat Ondoa at his near post.
After having failed to qualify for the last three tournaments, Egypt were determined to mark their return in emphatic fashion and continued to dictate play. They had only conceded one goal in the run-up to the final and were well-organized at the back, giving precious little away when Cameroon were in possession.
Cameroon upset the odds when they overcame Ghana in the semi-finals and started to take the game to Egypt as the second-half got underway. Just before the hour-mark, they were rewarded with a well-taken equalizer. Nicolas N’Koulou rose highest to head home from a corner and spark wild celebrations among the Cameroon fans.
The underdogs had their tails up and carved out several further scoring opportunities. As time progressed both sides seemed more intent on avoiding defeat and the game looked to be heading for extra-time. But with just minutes remaining, Vincent Aboubakar scored a sensational goal to stun Egypt and claim a fifth championship for Cameroon.