Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
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Afcon 2021: Mohamed Salah gives Egypt vital win over Guinea-Bissau

By Rob StevensBBC Sport Africa
Mohamed Salah in action for Egypt
Mohamed Salah 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

Match Stats

Home TeamGuinea-BissauAway TeamEgypt
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Guinea-Bissau 0, Egypt 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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. Post update

    Foul by Hamdi Fathi (Egypt).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Sherif (Egypt).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hamdi Fathi (Egypt) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Burá (Guinea-Bissau).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Egypt. Conceded by Fali Candé.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Amr El Soleya (Egypt).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

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

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mama Baldé (Guinea-Bissau).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Trézéguet (Egypt).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon22006246
2Burkina Faso21012203
3Cape Verde21011103
4Ethiopia200215-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Guinea21101014
2Senegal21101014
3Malawi21012203
4Zimbabwe200213-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco22003036
2Gabon21102114
3Ghana201112-11
4Comoros200203-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria22004136
2Egypt21011103
3Guinea-Bissau201101-11
4Sudan201113-21

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast11001013
2Algeria10100001
3Sierra Leone10100001
4Equatorial Guinea100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gambia11001013
2Mali11001013
3Mauritania100101-10
4Tunisia100101-10
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