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banner Sunday, 10 February, 2002, 19:20 GMT
Cameroon retain Cup
Cameroon celebrate winning the Nations Cup
Cameroon will celebrate with a national holiday on Monday
Senegal 0-0 Cameroon (after extra time)
Cameroon win 3-2 on penalties

Cameroon have retained their African Nations Cup title in a pulsating encounter with Senegal which ended in a penalty shoot-out after extra-time.

The match went to penalties after the two sides were deadlocked at 0-0 after 120 minutes of end-to-end football.

Despite the lack of goals it was the highly-skilled affair that many had hoped for of the final, with both sides having their share of chances.

In the end it was the Senegalese captain Aliou Cisse who had to bear the brunt of the defeat as his missed penalty sent the trophy back to Cameroon for the fourth time.

Not since Ghana in 1965 had any team successfully defended their title.

Cameroon were in the end the most deserving of the victory but it was Senegal who started the stronger.

Goal disallowed

Henri Camara almost put them ahead after just four minutes, picking up an El Hadj Diouf pass in the box but with only the keeper to beat, sent his shot over the bar.

Samuel Eto'o Fils
Eto'o had a first half goal disallowed

It was the first of a number of chances for the Lions who were the better of the two sides for most of the first spell.

Cameroon though ended the half strongly, with Patrick Mboma's replacement Pius Ndiefi, going close.

Samuel Eto'o Fils found the back of the net with two minutes of the half remaining only to have the goal disallowed for a foul on the Senegalese goalkeeper Tony Sylva.

Senegal's defence continued to struggle with the pace of Eto'o and Ndiefi in the second spell.

However the Sedan striker missed two easy chances for his team which would have concluded the tie.

The first came mid-way through the second half as he ran round his marker but with only the keeper to beat, slammed his shot into the left hand post.

Diouf disappoints

Then seven minutes into extra-time, with an easy header on the far post, his finishing deserted him again.

It was no surprise when the striker was brought off soon after.

The remainder of extra-time was a scrappy affair as the frustration of both sides began to show.

Sylva kept his side in it with seconds remaining, coming off his line to block Eto'o Fils' shot.

Both sides looked depleted as the whistle signalled the match would be decided on penalties.

And the tension showed early on as Sylva dived to his right to save Pierre Wome's spot-kick and give Senegal the advantage.

Boukar got his hands on Ferdinand Coly's effort but poured it into his own net.

Patrick Suffo, Khalilou Fadiga, and Lauren Meyer all made no mistake, before Boukar levelled it for Cameroon, stopping Moustapha Faye's effort.

Geremi Njitap put the Indomitable Lions ahead for the first time and as Diouf missed Senegal's hearts sank.

Sylva saved Rigobert Song's effort, but it proved futile as Cisse missed his and crumbled to the ground in tears, sparking a riot of Cameroon celebration.

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