Defending champions, Egypt, defeated Cameroun 3-1 Monday, to set up a semi-final clash with Algeria at the 27th Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

shoot ••• Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon prerares to take a shot during their quarter-final match in the African Cup of Nations CAN2010 at the Ombaka stadium in Benguela, Angola, yesterday. Egypt won 3-1. Photo: AFP.

The Egyptians survived an early scare when Ahmed Hassan headed into his own net for Cameroun’s opening goal in the 26th minute of the highly explosive encounter.

The Egyptian skipper was to make amends in the 37th minute when he fired home from 37 meters to beat goalkeeper Idris Kameni for the equaliser.

Scores stood 1-1 at regulation time and the match went into extra time.The Egyptians approached the game more businesslike and soon got two quick goals from Mohammed Gedo and  man-of-the-match, Ahmed Hassan.

With the victory, the Egyptians have set up a semi-final date with arch rivals, Algeria, who edged out pre-tournament favourites, Cote d’Ivoire, on Sunday.

It would also be a repeat of the tension-soaked 2010 World Cup play-off in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Egypt beat Cameroun 1-0 at the  final match two tears ago in Ghana to lift the trophy for the sixth time. Cameroun had hoped for a sweet revenge against Egypt who had not lost to them in five years only to sink deeper this time.

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