Afcon 2021: Mohamed Salah gives Egypt vital win over Guinea-Bissau

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Mohamed Salah in action for EgyptMohamed Salah (centre) converted a chipped ball into the box to revive Egypt's hopes of reaching the last 16 at the Nations Cup in Cameroon

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal against Guinea-Bissau to kick-start Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

But the Pharaohs rode their luck as Mama Balde had a stunning late equaliser for the Djurtus ruled out after a video assistant referee review.

Record seven-time winners Egypt, who lost their Group D opener 1-0 against Nigeria, struck the woodwork three times in a game they largely dominated.

Salah volleyed in with 21 minutes left to secure a crucial victory in Garoua.

The Liverpool forward hit a first-time left-footed effort from the edge of the six-yard box which flew past the outstretched hand of Guinea-Bissau keeper Jonas Mendes.

In the 82nd minute, Balde cut in from the left and curled a shot just inside the right-hand upright, but the forward was adjudged to have fouled Egypt defender Omar Kamal in the build-up.

Egypt keeper Mohamed El Shenawy had to punch away a half-volley from Moreto Cassama in injury time to secure a result which moves the North Africans up to second in the Group D table, three points behind Nigeria but two points ahead of Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.

Egyptian King regains his crown

Salah had been isolated up front against the Super Eagles but was involved from the start against Guinea-Bissau, seeing his low effort from range clip the outside of the right-hand upright in the second minute.

The Egypt skipper then played his part in a sweeping move which ended with Mostafa Mohamed side-footing onto the base of the same post, and Salah had a volley deflected and pushed behind as the Pharaohs pressed before half-time.

Carlos Quieroz's side were less impressive in the second half, but Amr El Soleya came up with a moment of quality to chip the ball into the box for Salah to convert with fine technique.

Zizo should have doubled the lead with 15 minutes left but guided a volley onto the left-hand post from the penalty spot.

Guinea-Bissau failed to threaten for much of the game but Jorginho sent a shot straight at El Shenawy before Egypt enjoyed a stroke of fortune when Balde's effort was chalked off.

Egypt face Sudan in their final group game on Wednesday (19:00 GMT) knowing a draw will be enough to secure second place in the group, while Guinea-Bissau must beat Nigeria to have a chance of advancing to the last 16.

Line-ups

Guinea-Bissau

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Mendes
  • 15Silva EncadaBooked at 31minsSubstituted forUcha Alvesat 77'minutes
  • 22Sanganté
  • 20Soriano Mané
  • 2Candé
  • 6Candé Nogueira
  • 16Moro CassamáBooked at 86mins
  • 9AmbriSubstituted forBarbosa Intimaat 60'minutes
  • 5Pereira CamaráSubstituted forRodrigues Teixeiraat 88'minutes
  • 18Brito SilvaBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMendyat 77'minutes
  • 17Baldé

Substitutes

  • 3Ucha Alves
  • 4Fernandes Embalo Júnior
  • 7Rodrigues Teixeira
  • 10Tuncará Gomes
  • 11Barbosa Intima
  • 13Mendy
  • 14Mendy
  • 24Samba Baldé

Egypt

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Gomaa
  • 3Abdel Wahed
  • 6Hegazy
  • 15HamdiSubstituted forAbdelmonem Elsayed Mohamed Ahmedat 45'minutes
  • 12Ashraf
  • 17ElnenyBooked at 50minsSubstituted forAbdul Fattahat 78'minutes
  • 4El Soleya
  • 19BekhitSubstituted forTrézéguetat 58'minutes
  • 10Salah
  • 14Ahmed AbdallahSubstituted forSayedat 58'minutes
  • 22MarmoushSubstituted forMohamed Ragaei Bakrat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Abdelmonem Elsayed Mohamed Ahmed
  • 5Abdul Fattah
  • 7Trézéguet
  • 8Abdelghany
  • 9Mohamed Ragaei Bakr
  • 11Sobhi
  • 16Abou Gabal Ali
  • 20Eldin Mahmoud Ibrahim
  • 21Sayed
  • 23Daader
  • 27Dawoud Soliman
  • 28Mehany

Referee:Pacifique Ndabihawenimana

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Guinea-Bissau 0, Egypt 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Guinea-Bissau 0, Egypt 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Moreto Cassamá (Guinea-Bissau) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mama Baldé with a headed pass.

  4. Foul by Hamdi Fathi (Egypt).

  5. Mama Baldé (Guinea-Bissau) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Foul by Mohamed Sherif (Egypt).

  7. Opa Sanganté (Guinea-Bissau) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Mohamed Salah (Egypt) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Foul by Burá (Guinea-Bissau).

  10. Corner, Egypt. Conceded by Fali Candé.

  11. Attempt saved. Burá (Guinea-Bissau) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Foul by Amr El Soleya (Egypt).

  13. Jorginho (Guinea-Bissau) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution, Guinea-Bissau. Mauro Rodrigues replaces Panutche Camará.

  15. Moreto Cassamá (Guinea-Bissau) is shown the yellow card.

  16. VAR Decision: No Goal Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Egypt.

  17. Omar Kamal (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Mama Baldé (Guinea-Bissau).

  19. Foul by Trézéguet (Egypt).

  20. Leonel Alves (Guinea-Bissau) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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