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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2008, 23:36 GMT
Egypt revel in win over Ivorians
Egypt players celebrate their win over Ivory Coast
It was a stunning win for Egypt against favourites Ivory Coast
Egypt took delight in their 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final win over Ivory Coast in Ghana.

The defending champions will now meet Cameroon in Sunday's final in a repeat of a group game that Egypt won 4-2.

And goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari, who made a series of stunning saves, said: "I'm the happiest man in the world."

Assistant coach Shawki Gharib said of their win over the tournament favourites: "We're delighted with the performance and the result."

The exit of my goalkeeper was not the reason we lost

Ivory Coast coach Gerard Gili

Amr Zaki scored twice as Egypt stunned the Elephants, while Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Aboutrika also got on the scoresheet.

606: DEBATE

Ivory Coast lost goalkeeper Boubacar Barry to injury in the first-half with the Elephants losing 1-0.

Barry, who had played in all four previous games at the tournament for Ivory Coast, was replaced by Stephan Loboue.

The 26-year-old Loboue plays for German second division side Greuther Furth and has not made a first-team appearance for his club this season.

Loboue's reactions to Egypt's second and third goals looked ponderous, but coach Gerard Gili insisted Barry's injury did not cost his team the game.

"The exit of my goalkeeper was not the reason we lost," said Gili.

"His absence only meant I lost a chance to make another substitution. We simply had an off day.

"We didn't expect to lose by such a wide margin but the Egyptians played well and pulled it off."

SEE ALSO
Ghana 0-1 Cameroon
07 Feb 08 |  African
Ivory Coast 1-4 Egypt
07 Feb 08 |  African
Pfister delights in Cameroon win
07 Feb 08 |  African
Egypt 4-2 Cameroon
22 Jan 08 |  African


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