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AFCON 2015 – Egypt vs Tunisia Live Commentary
Egypt host Tunisia tonight, as they look to bounce back from a demoralizing opening defeat to Senegal last weekend.
Manager Shawky Gharib will be under intense scrutiny this time around, and any slip-ups are not likely to be tolerated by a demanding home crowd. A limp performance in Dakar left the Pharaohs at the bottom of qualifying Group G after the first round of games. The visitors, on the other hand, achieved a hard-fought victory at home to supposed minnows Botswana. As a result, Gharib will be looking to exploit the Tunisians’ deficiencies and kick-start Egypt’s qualifying campaign.
That’s it from us at King Fut. As always, stay tuned for the match report and post-game analysis. Until next time, take care.
As of tonight, Senegal lead Group G, with Tunisia behind only on goal difference. Botswana sit in third courtesy of their single goal scored despite having the same goal difference as Egypt (-3).
FT: Egypt 0-1 Tunisia. The Pharaohs languish at the bottom of Group G after two games.
90+3′: Tunisia miss an easy chance and Egypt break….
90+2′: The hosts are frantically trying to score as Tunisia defend resolutely.
90+1′: Four minutes have been added on…
90′: Tempers are flaring in the final few moments of the game, but Shikabala plays the role of peacekeeper.
86′: Houcine replaces Khazri, and the visitors break but fail to get a shot on target.
85′: Shikabala does well to cross but Gamal miscontrols and Tunisia clear.
84′: Just over six minutes of normal time remain as Egypt press in search of a goal.
82′: The referee waves away penalty calls from the visitors for the second time.
81′: Maaloul’s shot is good, but Ekramy anticipated well.
80′: Ghazal commits a rash foul on the edge of the area but avoids a booking.
78′: Shikabala finds Salah but the Chelsea winger’s header is too weak to beat Mathlouthi.
77′: Okka hits a shot from outside the area, but his effort is dreadful.
75′: Shikibala gets involved, but his first touch is heavy.
74′: Fathi is shown the second yellow of the match for a rough tackle.
73′: Shikabala is on for Elneny.
68′: Msakni is replaced by Khalifa.
67′: Ben Youssef hits the post.
65′: Ekramy sprints out a la Neuer to clear the ball ahead of the advancing attacker.
63′: Abd-Rabo’s delivery is poor.
63′: Egypt have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
60′: Msakni does well to reach the ball ahead of Ghazal but his cross is claimed by Ekramy.
58′: Abd-Rabo sidefoots wide after being set up nicely by Koka.
56′: Tunisia are calling for a penalty but Gassama waves them away, as Kamar makes way for Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’.
54′: Gamal forces his way through and squares the ball, but the Tunisian defence clears.
52′: Okka clears the ball for a corner after Ghazal made a horrid backpass.
50′: Tunisia head over from a free-kick as Egypt’s defensive problems continue.
47′: Ekramy flaps at the delivery, but the visitors cannot capitalize.
46′: We’re back again, and Tunisia have already won a corner.
HT: In fact, Egypt and Sudan are the only two teams yet to score in the AFCON 2015 qualifying group stage. However, the former team have 45 more minutes to score before their second game finishes.
HT: Egypt have failed to score in 135+ minutes of football, unlike the other three Group G teams. As a result, they remain bottom of the group.
HT: Elsewhere, Group G leaders Senegal are winning 0-2 at Botswana with less than 5 minutes to play.
HT: Egypt trail 0-1 to Tunisia at the June 30 Stadium.
45+1′: The added minute has been played…
44′: Maaloul is inches away from doubling Tunisia’s lead, as his stinging shot goes over the bar with Ekramy scrambling.
40′: The Ismaily midfielder almost equalises just after being substituted on, but his header goes wide.
37′: Abd-Rabo comes on for the disappointing Ghaly.
36′: Corner to Egypt, but it comes to nothing.
33′: Tunisia win a corner but the set-piece is ultimately wasted.
31′: Emam bulldozes his way down the right but his cross is poor.
30′: Gamal wins a foul 30-odd yards out.
29′: Salah tries -and fails- to find Gamal’s head with an improvised cross inside the area as Egypt press.
27′: Gamal almost scores with his head from the resulting corner but Mathlouthi saves.
26′: Kamar misses an unbelievable chance after Gamal’s expert flick sent him clean through on goal.
26′: Hosni Abo-Rabo is warming up.
24′: Mohamed Salah intercepts a poor pass but his through ball to Gamal is too far.
21′: Hossam Ghaly hits an awful ground shot from distance. It’s easily gathered, of course.
19′: Okka receives the first yellow card of the game. However, the resulting free-kick is wasted.
18′: Chaos in Egypt’s penalty area nearly leads to a second Tunisia goal. The ball rolled just wide though.
16′: Egypt respond immediately by winning a free-kick that Fathi plays straight into Mathlouthi’s grateful hands.
14′: Goal for Tunisia. Ben Youssef finishes a lovely counter-attack with a fine finish.
13′: Egypt break from the set-piece and win their first corner of the game.
12′: It comes to nothing, but the away side win yet another corner moments later.
11′: Tunisia win their third corner of the night after a free-kick is headed behind by the hosts’ defence.
10′: Elneny is penalised for a foul, but the Basel man disagrees with the referee.
8′: Ekramy catches a tame cross easily.
6′: Tunisia win the first corner of the game, but it comes to nothing. Goal kick for the hosts.
5′: Amr Gamal lofts in a dangerous cross but it’s slightly overhit.
2′: Strong start from the visitors, who are clearly trying to score an early goal.
0′: Just over twenty minutes to kickoff, and it’s about 30 degrees in Cairo.
0′: Gharib makes three changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Senegal on Saturday.
0′: Egypt line-up: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Okka, Aly Ghazal, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Hazem Emam, Mohamed Elneny, Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Salah, Khaled Kamar, Amr Gamal
Subs: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Shikabala, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’, Hosni Abd-Rabo, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hamoudi
Tunisia line-up: Aymen Mathlouthi, Rami Bedoui, Syam Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul, Bilel Mohsni, Hocine Ragued, Ferjani Sassi, Wahbi Khazri, Youssef Msakni, Yassine Chikhaoui, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef