Au Revoir Cote D'Ivoire...Welcome Cup!
Football can't possibly offer more excitement, or suspense than this. A 120 minutes match, a 1-minute-before-time-ruled-out goal, a lost penalty kick in extra time, 3 near-impossible-to-miss Ivorian chances, and it all came down to the dreaded penalty kicks.
Millions, upon millions of Egyptians were literally shaking through out the penalty shoot-out. If it weren't for the heroics of goalkeeper Essam El-Hadry, the cup would have ended in a Greek tragedy sort of way, but God had mercy with the millions!
Let's just dive right into the action:
The stadium is packed at 2 pm (4 hours before kick off)
..some fans even brought their own cups...just in case
Lots of signs and flags:
"Pharohs have landed" (talk about validating a myth!)
"Au Revoir Cote d'Ivoire" -- this is how the fans cheered out the Ivorians at the end of the game...this is how sophisticated the Egyptian fans became...they're cheering in French!!!
"Game Over Cote D'Ivoire"
Wow...marching bands!!! This guys are awesome
They played Opera Aida by Verdi...the fans really reacted well...(between this and the cheering in French, I don't know where are we going with these fans...what's next...cappuchino in the stands??...wait a minute there was actually cappuchino stalls!!)
Minutes before the game Mubarak arrives to the stadium (...to be kissed towards the end by his wife!)
6:00 PM the game kicks off...
8:40 PM penalty shootout (for what happened in between refer to the beginning of the post)
Derogba getting ready...to miss!!
Abo Treka shooting to win the 25th Africa Cup of Nations (you can see how I was shaking!)
The fans went wild....
...and the players, and the staff, and the press
the cup is here somewhere..
10:00 PM...getting ready to dance the night away..
ah...one more sign....
P.S. For more coverage check sandmonkey's and big pharoh's excellent coverage of after match reactions!
Tam Tram Tam Tam Masr...Tam Tram Tam Tam Masr