The Netherlands are looking for a repeat dose of the same magic that crushed world champions Italy when they take on a France team beset by doubt in Berne on Friday. Marco van Basten's Dutch oozed class in their 3-0 drubbing of the Azzurri in their opening Euro 2008 Group C tie on Monday.
In 2006, Mohamed Zidan chose club over country and missed out on Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations win in Cairo. Fast forward two years to Accra on Sunday and the Hamburg striker was right in the thick of the Pharoahs' successful title defence. Zidan set up Mohamed Aboutraika for the decisive 77th-minute goal in the 1-0 victory over Cameroon.
Egypt retained their Africa Cup of Nations crown on Sunday when Mohamed Aboutraika lifted the champions to a 1-0 win over Cameroon and a record sixth title. The defending champions ensured they held on to the trophy when, after a slick passing movement, Aboutraika struck in the 77th minute. ''We are delighted to win. It's a great achievement,'' said the al-Ahly star.
Cameroon are only one step away from a record-equalling fifth Africa Nations Cup title after wrecking Ghana's party with a 1-0 semifinal win over the hosts in Accra on Thursday. The winners in 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002 came through a tense affair with Alain Nkong's second-half strike breaking the gridlock.
The 2004 champions Tunisia and Angola sealed the last two quarterfinal places at the African Nations Cup on Thursday. The pair fought out a goalless draw in Tamale to head Group D which earned Tunisia, table toppers on goal difference, a quarterfinal tie with four time winners Cameroon on Monday.
Samuel Eto'o became the all-time record goal scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday when he fired Cameroon into the quarterfinals, where Egypt will also feature despite Zambia holding the defending champions to a 1-1 draw. In Tamale, Eto'o helped Cameroon to a 3-0 win to bag the Group C runners-up spot on six points.
Didier Drogba marked his 50th international cap with a goal to help Côte d'Ivoire beat Mali 3-0 in Accra on Tuesday to finish the opening round of the African Nations Cup as Group B leaders. With qualification to the last eight already in the bag, Côte d'Ivoire were intent on finishing top of the table.
The deluge of goals in the first week at the Africa Cup of Nations has been matched only by the flood of scandals and dramas off the pitch. Ahead of the decisive round of opening round games starting in Accra on Monday, Didier Drogba's Côte d'Ivoire are the only one of the 16 teams to have secured their place in the quarterfinals.
Guinea go into their must-win African Nations Cup game against Namibia on Monday rocked by star player Pascal Feindouno's two-match ban. Namibia's own build-up has been overshadowed to this make or break Group A match by the players' claims they were offered 000 each to throw the game.