Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench to score a stunning winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had given Egypt the lead midway through the first half and Egypt looked to be on course to win an unrivalled eighth Cup of Nations crown in their first appearance at the tournament since 2010.
But Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equaliser just before the hour mark and fellow substitute Aboubakar slammed in the winner in the 88th minute.That sparked bedlam in a near-capacity crowd of more than 38,000 in Gabon's capital, made up in its majority by Cameroonian supporters.
Hugo Broos's side also lost centre-back Adolphe Teikeu to an apparent groin injury just after the half-hour mark, with Nkoulou taking his place. The Lyon defender has been out of favour at this tournament, only starting in Cameroon's final group game against Gabon. But thrown on here through necessity, it was he who pulled his side level in the 59th minute. Egypt failed to fully clear their lines following a corner and captain Benjamin Moukandjo crossed from the left for Nkoulou, who soared above Ahmed Hegazy to head past Essam El Hadary from six yards. Cameroon were revitalised by that goal, a partisan crowd lifted, but Jacques Zoua fired wastefully wide and Moukandjo blasted over from an excellent position as extra time began to seem inevitable. Then Aboubakar, who had been introduced at the start of the second half, controlled a long ball forward with his chest on the edge of the area, poked it over the head of Ali Gabr and volleyed low past El Hadary.
This is the first time both teams have scored in an AFCON final since 2004. pic.twitter.com/k3VyvFZCLL— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 5, 2017
Aboubakar with a brilliant goal to win the AFCON for Cameroon pic.twitter.com/w70rdUDSfe— Terje (@TerjeAFCx) February 5, 2017