Nigeria sink Sudan, Salah rescues Egypt

African Football

Egypt registered their first win at the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 triumph over Guinea-Bissau in Group D on Saturday evening.

The Egyptians made four changes from the loss to Nigeria, as Ayman Ashraf, Omar Kamal, Abdallah El Said and Amr El Soleya were recalled, whereas former Black Leopards goalkeeper Jonas Mendes captained Guinea-Bissau.

Egypt looked to make a strong start in the first minute when Mohamed Salah cut in from the right of the area to find the post through a low teasing attempt.

This scare from the Pharaohs woke up Guinea minutes gone, as balls into the area in addition to a few free-kicks from close-range left the North Africans on the edge.

Egypt launched more threats two minutes to the end of the first half from a long-range strike by El Soleya that deflected for a corner-kick and Salah’s snap volley from the resultant corner.

With Mohamed Andelmonem in for Egypt ahead of Mahmoud Hamdy minutes after halftime, Guinea let a rare chance slip when Fali Cande scooped over a free-kick.

As the breakthrough continued to elude the Pharaohs, it brought a double introduction minutes thereafter in Mamoud Trezeguet and Ahmed Sayed.

It turned out perfectly as Egypt went on to make the breakthrough following 69 minutes when Salah volleyed in from the far post of the area.

The woodwork then denied the Pharaohs once again as Sayed took aim with a half-volley from a cross on the right-side towards the last 15 minutes.

Guinea battled on moments to fulltime and levelled through a sumptuous finish from Mama Balde, but it was chalked off following consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The West Africans provided more threats despite the set-back, through a stunner outside the area from Moreto Cassama which Mohammed El-Shenawy parried to see his nation to victory.

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Nigeria progressed to last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a commanding 3-1 win over Sudan on Saturday evening.

Nigeria showed why no alterations were necessary three minutes in as a looping ball in the area had Moses Simon take charge to tee-up Samuel Chukwueze for a smart first-time finish.

The Super Eagles then watched their advantage threatened by the Sudanese whilst matters began to settle in addition to Mahamoud Shambaly’s curler outside the area.

That seemingly didn’t worry them as with the half-hour mark gone they forced the Falcons of Jediane to last-ditch defending from attempts by William Troost-Ekong, Joe Aribo and Simon.

To that, the Super Eagles added to their cushion on the brink of halftime when Taiwo Awoniyi helped a glancing header in the area past their opposite number.

Nigeria increased their advantage even further two minutes from the break after Simon nicked a ball into space before going on to finish from a tight angle.

Out of nowhere, Sudan got a penalty midway through the second half after Ola Aina committed a foul in the area and Walieldin Khedr Safour stepped forth to fire home.

Nigeria, who hoped to add more to their tally, decided instead to slow down matters and managed the overall contest late on as the encounter ended 3-1, which secured their spot in the next round.

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