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Under-fire Salah blames heat, humidity for lackluster performance against Burkina Faso

05 February 2017

Egypt has reached a record-equaling Ninth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, defeating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.

Veteran goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary (44) was the hero of the evening after stopping two penalties and pulling off a series of superb saves inside 120 minutes.

In the title decider they will face the victor of the second semi-final between the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Black Stars of Ghana.

With no extra time to be played after 90 minutes, the Stallions anticipated penalties and brought on Patrick Malo with 10 minutes left on the clock. The team many had picked to the tournament win this year will end up with a bit of disappointment, but Grant believes that the team's run was still a success. You can find all the answers about the Africa Cup of Nations third-place game right here. They also feature one of the tournament's best defenses. This was the first time Egypt conceded a goal in the tournament.

Formidable: The Egyptians had won three consecutive Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2010 but missed the last three tournaments amid political upheaval in the country before Argentine Hector Cuper led them to back onto the scene here.

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If the result goes as they wish then that will not overly bother the throng who, inevitably, will gather at the Beach Club on Sunday night to see whether Cameroon can conjure the unexpected again.

Without the injured Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, Egypt handed a start to Mahmoud Kahraba, who had come on to get the victor in the quarter-final against Morocco, while Bance came into the Burkina Faso starting line-up.

Grant, who has spent just over two years in charge of the Ghana national side, saw his team's hopes of winning the competition ended by Cameroon in Thursday's semi-final.

Burkina Faso got a fine chance of their own in the closing stages of the first half via Prejuce Nakoulma. Captain Charles Kabore crossed for big striker Bance, who chested the ball down and volleyed it past el-Hadary.

Under-fire Salah blames heat, humidity for lackluster performance against Burkina Faso