The Group D 2017 Africa Cup of Nations clash between Egypt and Ghana from the Stade de Port-Gentil in the Gabonese city of Port-Gentil has ended with Ghana loosing to the former champions 1-0.
Egypt: El Hadary; A.Fathi, Ali Gabr, A.Hegazy, El Mohamady- Elneny, El Said (Warda 76′), Tarek Hamed – Trezeguet, Marawan Mohsen (Kahraba 69′), M.Salah
Ghana: Razak; Mensah, Boye, Amartey, Afful – Yiadom, Tetteh (Tekpetey 72′), Agyemang-Badu (Wakaso Mubarak 80′) – A.Ayew, Gyan (J.Ayew 41′), Atsu
– Egypt advance as Group D winners and will face Morocco in the next round, Ghana will take on the Democratic Republic of Congo for a place in the semifinals.
90+4′ – Full-Time: Egypt 1-0 Ghana
90′ – SAVE! Great stop by El Hadary to keep out Jordan Ayew’s stinging effort.
85′- Tempers threaten to boil over in Point-Gentil as these two African giants go head-to-head
80′- Into the final 10 minutes we go as Ghana continue to chase the game. Egypt as things stand will advance to the knockout stages as Group D winners.
68′ SAVE! Great stop by El Hadary to deny Badu as the Black Stars continue to tighten the screw.
67′- SAVE! Great stop by El Hadary to deny Atsu in a 1v1 situation – the assistants flag, though, is raised for offside.
62′- Ali Gabr with a top challenge to deny Jordan Ayew! Egyptain defensive as resolute as ever this evening.
58′- Atsu weaves his way past one defender, bursts into the box, but the Newcastle United man is unable to connect with the ball as his eyes light up.
50′- Cagey start to the second half with Ghana again setting the pace as they go in search of the equalizing goal.
46′ – Second half is underway in Port-Gentil
45+2′ – Half-Time: Egypt 1-0 Ghana
41′ – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is replaced by Jordan Ayew
35′ – Black Stars in full control here, but Egypt are more than happy to sit back in defence. Asamoah Gyan now hits the floor; receives some treatment.
30′- Succession of corner-kicks for Ghana who continue to press forward in attack. Worrying signs now for Egypt as El Hadary hits the floor, they have already lost a goalkeeper to injury in this tournament, but the veteran soldiers on.
25′ – Black Stars on top of Egypt, patient build-up as they try to break down a very stubborn Egyptian defensive line. Pharaohs showing all their experience.
11′ – GOOOOAL !! Mohammed Salah converts a free kick at the edge of the box. a foul by Boye on El Said – SALAH duly steps up and drills into the corner of the net. Left-footed thunderbolt.
Egypt 1 – Ghana 0
6′- SHOT! Control and shot by Badu who is next to try his luck from range, but El Hadary unfazed.
3′ – CHANCE! Elneny lines one up from range, but the Arsenal man’s effort was always rising and no trouble for Razak.