Congratulations to Egypt for dealing a heavy 4-0 blow to Algeria on Thursday in nothing less than a dramatic game and advancing into Africa Cup of Nations final.
The game saw three Algerian players sent off. Rafik Halliche brought down Emad Motaeb and the referee awarded a penalty. Halliche picked up his second yellow of the game and was sent early. Nader Belhadj and goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi were also red carded at different times during the game.
Egypt scored 4 clean goals orchestrated by Hosni Abd Rabou (penalty), Mohamed Zidan, Mohamed Abdelshafi and Mohamed Nagui.
At the end of the game, Egypt's assistant coach Chaouki Gharib said: "We've played against three World Cup qualifiers in our five matches here, we've beaten them all and scored ten goals against all of them."
The win today, puts Egypt on a course for a record-breaking third successive title, seventh all time title, and represents the 18th consecutive win in the African Cup of Nations tournament. No African country can come close to these statistics. If Egypt wins the tournament, it will be the first nation in the world and in history to take home three consecutive Nations Cup title. Ironically, this is also Egypt's first win over Algeria in the tournament ever.
Egypt had been eliminated from World Cup qualification by Algeria but today's victory was kind of a revenge to the loss handed by Algeria back in November.
On the other side of the bracket, The Black Stars of Ghana defeated Nigeria 1-0 behind a goal from Asamoah Gyan. This has put them into their first continental final in 18 years against Egypt on Sunday Jan 31st, 2010.
Soccer fans will certainly be watching the final game between Egypt and Ghana. Whoever wins, will be making history. We wish Egypt that place in history.