Egypt beat Ivory Coast, win record fifth title

Cairo, February 11:

Egypt won a record fifth African Cup title on Friday, prevailing over Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties after goalless draw.

Mohamed Aboutrika converted the clinching penalty after Egyptian keeper Essam Al Hadari saved attempts by Didier Drogba and Bakary Kone.

The victory gave Egypt its first title since 1998 and one more than Ghana and Cameroon.

Penalties were required after 120 minutes of goalless soccer, including a disputed extra-time penalty, which Egyptian captain Ahmed Hassan put off the post.

Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Abdulwahab, Amr Zaki and Abutraika converted for Egypt, while Abdulhalim Ali missed. For Ivory Coast, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue scored.

The match degenerated into a melee in the 95th minute when referee Mourad Daami awarded a penalty after Mohamed Barakat tumbled following an apparent collision with a defender.

Hassan, voted player of the tournament, stepped up, but his shot hit the post. Egypt appeared to score in the 84th minute, but the goal was disallowed for a foul by Zaki on Ivory Coast goalkeeper Jean-Jacques Tizie.