Egypt top group with Tunisia scalp
Posted: 16 November 2018 Time: 06:08 pm
Egypt moved top of Group J after defeating Tunisia 3-2 in their penultimate Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday evening.
Heading into the encounter, both nations had already qualified secured qualification for next year's tournament.
Tunisia nearly took an early lead as Wahbi Khazri looped his strike from just the start but his effort clipped the crossbar.
Naim Sliti did find the back of the net for the Eagles of Carthage in the 14th minute with a strike at the back post after being found unmarked, 0-1.
Trezeguet eventually levelled matters for the hosts in the 32nd minute with a deflected strike inside the box, 1-1.
The two sides were going at each other with pace but there were no clear chances towards the end of the first stanza and they went into the break logged at 1-1.
The second stanza started slowly as the two sides were trying to establish passing rhythm.
Tunisia were lying deep in their own half towards the hour-mark, making it difficult for the Egyptians to find gaps in the last third.
However, defender Baher El Mohamady gave Javier Aguirre’s charges the lead just after the hour with a header from a set-piece situation as their persistence finally paid off, 2-1.
Sliti brought parity for Tunisia in the 72nd minute following poor clearance at the back, completing his brace in the process, 2-2.
The match was on the edge in the last ten minutes of the encounter as both sides were threatening to get the winner.
Mohamed Salah snatched the winner for the Pharaohs a minute before full time with a cheeky chip after playing a one-two inside the box,
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