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Libya Book Semi-Final Spot

African Nations Championships

 

Result: Gabon (2) 1-1 (4) Libya

 

Date: 26 January 2014

 

Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium

Libya booked their place in the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship beating Gabon 4-2 on penalties, after full-time and extra-time ended 1-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Gabon had the first chance of the game when Samson Mbingui struck the woodwork with a ferocious shot in the 14th minute at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Libya did create their first chance soon after when Abdelrahman Fetori put his free-kick just wide of the target with 23 minutes on the clock.

Romuald Ewuota Ntsitsigui then came close on the half-hour mark when his well-struck free-kick was headed out of danger.

Both sides failed to show any real quality in the final third as the game into the half-time break deadlocked at 0-0.

Libya then finally managed to open the scoring five minutes into the second period when Abdelsalam Omar lobbed Yves Stéphane Moto Bitseki from 18 yards to make it 1-0.

Gabon did manage to claw their way back into the game when they were fortunate to be awared a penalty after Fetori was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box.

Former Hull City striker Daniel Cousin stepped up to slot the spot-kick home and level matters at 1-1 in the 74th minute.

Neither side was able to break down their opposition defence and find a winner in the 90 minutes taking the game into extra-time where again both sides struggled to find a winner and the game went into a penalty shoot-out.

Libya then went on to book a first CHAN semi-final spot by beating Gabon 4-2 on penalties after the scores were level at 1-1 after full-time and extra-time and will take on Zimbabwe in the last four on Wednesday.

Here’s how they started:

Gabon XI: Bitseki, Ndong, Appindangoye, Nguema, Avebe, Engonga, Nkoume, Ntsitsigui, Mbingui, Sokambi, Yacouya   

Libya XI: Nashnoush, Fetori, El Trbi, Salama, Sabbou, Al Maghasi, Saleh, Ghit, Al Musrati, El Houni, Omar

Libya Book Semi-Final Spot

Starting XI: Gabon v Libya

Fetori Saves Libya Blushes

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