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AFCON 2015 – Egypt vs Senegal Live Commentary
The Pharaohs travel to Dakar, Senegal to take on the 2002 AFCON runners-up in the first game of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group G.
Both teams will be desperate to get off to a strong start in what promises to be a very tight group. The game will also serve as Egypt coach Shawky Gharib’s official debut, after taking the position just over nine months ago. In the four friendlies played since Gharib’s appointment, Egypt have won twice, drawn once, and lost once to 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Chile.
That’s all for tonight. We’ll be back on Wednesday when Egypt host Tunisia. Until then, take care (and enjoy our match report).
FT: Senegal beat Egypt 2-0 in Dakar to momentarily top Group G. Tunisia host Botswana tomorrow.
90+3′: Mané’s cross is inches away from Sow’s outstreched leg.
90+2′: Hazem Emam wins a foul but the set-piece is headed over by ‘Koka’.
90+1′: 3 minutes added on…
90′: It’s wasted, but the hosts have a corner.
89′: Dangerous Senegal free-kick…
87′: Alfred N’Diaye comes on for Kouyaté.
85′: Egypt break, but Coundoul sprints off his line to gather the over-hit through ball.
81′: Amr Gamal goes down in the area but Coulibaly waves away the Egyptian players’ claims.
79′: Senegal win a corner, and the delay allows Sow to replace N’Doye and ‘Koka’ comes on for Kamar.
75′: Diame’s deflected cross was creeping in, but Ekramy gathers.
72′: Gamal lets fly from distance, but Coundoul catches the ball easily.
69′: Amr Gamal denied a certain goal by the alert Coundoul.
69′: Diame replaces goalscorer Diouf.
65′: Yellow card for Okka, who chopped down the onrushing Mané. Okka got lucky there, it should’ve been red.
59′: Hazem Emam replaces Elmohamady, just as Djilobodji is booked.
57′: Senegal have a prolonged spell of possession that results in Ekramy catching a tame header.
56′: Hossam Ghaly hits the ball straight out for a goal kick. Not sure what he was going for…
55′: Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ and Hosny Abd-Rabo are warming up for the visitors.
53′: Mohamed Salah wastes two easy chances, as his lack of club playing time shows.
52′: Kamar gets on the end of a long through ball but his cross goes out for a goal-kick.
50′: Salah goes on a run and appears to get clipped but Coulibaly waves play on.
46′: Hamoudi is off, and Amr Gamal replaces him.
46′: The second half kicks off.
HT: The teams are trotting back out onto the pitch.
HT: The referee blows for half time. Senegal 2-0 Egypt.
45+1′: Very similar goal to the first, but Mané is the scorer this time around.
45+1′: Sadio Mané makes it 2-0.
44′: Hamoudi sends Salah one-on-one with Coundoul, but the Chelsea attacker is offside.
43′: Ghazal clears after chaos in the Egyptian area.
41′: Fathi is fouled inside his own area.
40′: Djilobodji shows impressive skill to retain the ball in midfield.
37′: Salah is down, after an off-the-ball collision. Referee Coulibaly is unmoved.
36′: The temperature is 28 degrees in Dakar tonight.
35′: Both teams are misplacing passes very often.
30′: Salah switches on the afterburners and harries the defender into clearing the ball for a throw-in.
28′: High pressure from the hosts results in a foul from the overzealous Kouyaté.
24′: The defender then proceeds to commit a foul in a dangerous area, but the cross is over-hit. Egypt goal kick.
22′: El-Said makes an important clearance.
20′: N’Doye’s through ball to Diouf for the goal was splendid, and the Stoke hitman slipped it past Ekramy.
19′: Egypt go down the other end and win a corner. It comes to nothing.
17′: Ekramy had just saved N’Doye’s stinging shot 30 seconds earlier.
17′: Mame Biram Diouf scores for Senegal. 1-0.
15′: Festive atmosphere in Senegal.
14′: Ekramy punches away a dangerous cross.
13′: Egypt’s spell of possession ends with an aimless ball forward.
10′: Elmohamady wins a corner but Hamoudi’s delivery is poor.
7′: Ekramy makes another catch from an out-swinging cross.
6′: Sherif Ekramy makes an early save. The keeper catches the subsequent corner.
5′: Hamoudi draws the first foul of the game.
4′: Neither side is managing to hold onto the ball for long.
1′: Kickoff in Dakar.
0′: The captains are done with the pre-kickoff handshake. Seconds away from the whistle.
0′: Both teams are out on the pitch.
0′: Egypt XI: Ekramy; Okka, Shawky El-Said, Ghazal, Fathi, Elmohamady; El-Nenny, Ghaly, Hamoudi; Salah, Kamar.
Subs: Shennawi, Hegazy, Hazem Emam, Hosni Abd-Rabo, Kahraba, Koka, Amr Gama.
Senegal XI: Coundoul, Badji, Mbodj, L Sané, Djilobodji, Souaré Kouyaté, Gueye, S Mané, M Diouf, N’Doye.
Subs: Gomis, M’Bengue, Diop, Sow, N’Diaye, Diame, Sane
0′: Also, former Chelsea striker Demba Ba will not play a part against Egypt tonight.
0′: In case you missed it, King Fut’s Andrew Sidhom wrote a five-part series on Bradley’s time as Egypt coach. You can find part five here.
Starting line-ups to be announced shortly.