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Africa 2006

Friday February 3rd
Late comeback
Senegal came back from behind to beat Guinea and reach the semi final. Sylva failed to control a back pass and Diawara walked the ball into the Senegal goal in the 24th minute. Papa Bouba Diop equalised with a neat header in the 61st minute. In the 83rd minute Camara gave the ball to Niang who riffled the ball in off the crossbar. When Niang had his efforts blocked twice, Camara scrambled the ball in deep into stoppage time. A minute later Findnouno scored a consolation goal from a free kick. (Senegal 3 Guinea 2)

Friday February 3rd

Egypt power through
A clumsy challenge in the box gave Ahmed Hassan the chance to beat the DR Congo keeper from the spot after 33 minutes. Seven minutes later the veteran Hossam Hassan chested the ball down and struck it into the roof of the net for what should have been a 2 goal cushion at the break, but an own goal by El Saka on the stroke of half time gave DR Congo some hope. In the 57th minute the ball fell to Moteb in front of the goal and he increased Egypt's lead. Ahmed Hassan sealed victory for the hosts in the 88th minute with a deceptive free kick. The difference between the 2 teams was magnified by the score-line. (Egypt 4 DR Congo 1)

Saturday February 4th

Champions pay the penalty
The champions of Africa were knocked out by Nigeria on penalties. Tunisia also failed to convert a penalty in normal time. When the Tunisian keeper dived to deal with a low cross, the ball fell to Nsofor who found the back of the net. Ten minutes later the referee awarded Tunisia a penalty, but Enyeame saved Clayton's spot kick. Tunisia started the second half with determination and in the 48th minute Hagui flung himself to head in and put Tunisia on equal terms. No more goals were scored and the match had to be decided on penalties. Eyeame saved 3 penalties to see Nigeria through to the last four. (Nigeria 1 Tunisia 1, 6-5 on penalties)

Saturday February 4th

Elephants win marathon shoot-out
The match that most people had been waiting for produced very little excitement in normal time, but burst into action in extra time when after only one minute Eboue smashed the ball against the bar and Bakari Kone scored from the rebound. Four minutes later the ball fell to Meyong who slotted home the equalizer for Cameroon. An amazing penalty shoot-out ensued, in which all 22 players scored. In the second round of penalties, Eto'o was the first player to take and miss his penalty; sending his shot over the bar, leaving Drogba to score the winning penalty. (Ivory Cost 0 Cameroon 0, 1-1 aet and 12-11 on penalties)

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