Burkina Faso coach Duarte has Mourinho on call

Burkina Faso's Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte says Jose Mourinho is "like a father" to him and revealed he received a phone call from his illustrious compatriot ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

In the second period Bertrand Traore blasted goalwards from a free-kick but El-Hadary got hands behind it as Burkina Faso began displaying plenty of attacking intent.

As Herve Renard ominously warned following his Morocco team's defeat in the last round, "Egypt are back" - a judgement he is more than qualified to make as the manager who has lifted the trophy in two of the last three editions.

The second semi-final on Thursday will see Ghana face Cameroon after the Black Stars got the better of an impressive DRC side thanks to the Ayew brothers, the sons of Ghanaian great Abedi Pele.

Egypt has a history of success at the African Cup of Nations for its inspiration. Besides an acrobatic overhead kick attempt from Aristide Bance, the opening 45 minutes were a cagey and retrained affair.

Egypt drew their opening game with Mali and then snatched a last-minute victor against Uganda before beating Ghana to top Group D.

In the eight minute Ali Gabr did well to clear a ball off the line.

With the half winding down Kahraba's effort from distance bounced akwardly and nearly caught out Koffi but he saved well before Razack worked good space on the edge of the area but fired it straight at El-Hadary.

Prejuce Nakoulma caused Egypt's defenders all sorts of problems with his darting runs down both flanks but Hadary was on alert to clear numerous crosses.

Egypt however roared back, Trezeguet, guilty of sending an effort wide of goal after Mohammed Salah had done all the job.

A sumptuous strike by Mohamed Salah in the 66th minute looked to have been enough to send seven-time champions Egypt into Sunday's final. Nurkina Faso goalie Koffi also missed his spot-kick.

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