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AFCON 2015 – Egypt vs Senegal Live Commentary
The Carthage Eagles have already qualified with a game to spare, following their 0-0 draw in Gaborone yesterday. Shawky Gharib’s squad selection raised some eyebrows after the 55-year-old decided to omit the prolific Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ and impressive Saleh Gomaa yet again, and with Amr Gamal out injured, the Pharaohs will have a tough task on their hands this evening. Meanwhile, Senegal’s Alain Giresse also caused some controversy by leaving out in-form striker Demba Ba, but the Frenchman has an embarrassment of attacking riches at his disposal nonetheless.
That’s all from me, but make sure to wait for the post-match comments and report. Until next time, take care.
Egypt need a win in Tunisia, AND for other results to go their way. Realistically, however, the Pharaohs look like they have failed to qualify for their third successive AFCON, after winning their previous three.
FT: Egypt finish in third place with a game yet to be played.
90+6′: Emad Meteb is fighting with the whole Senegal defence…
90+4′: Terrible miss from the Egyptian PL top scorer.
90+3′: Arafa El-Sayed misses a free header!
90+1′: Almost 0-2, but Mané’s shot is poor.
90+1′: Four minutes added on.
90′: We’re into the last minute of regulation time here…
89′: It’s a poor effort though; straight at the wall.
88′: Dangerous free-kick for Senegal…
87′: Emad Meteb has been utterly invisible.
85′: It’s been a strong performance from the compact Senegal defence tonight.
82′: Mané has taken a pummeling from Fathi tonight…..
80′: Soliman goes for goal from a set piece and the ball is deflected out for a corner. It’s wasted.
79′: Goalscorer Diouf is switched out for West Ham’s Diafra Sakho. Like for like substitution.
77′: Mané is caught offside, but his shot was tame anyway.
73′: Diop comes off, and is replaced by N’Diaye.
70′: Soliman canters into the area but shoots high and wide. Wasted chance.
69′: Toothless display from the Egyptian attack so far.
64′: Hazem Emam replaces Ibrahim Salah, who looks injured.
60′: 30 minutes plus stoppage time left, and Egypt need to score.
56′: Arafa El Sayed replaces El-Nenny. Attacking change from Gharib.
53′: Salah charges into the area and sends a low cross into the six-yard box but no one was waiting.
52′: Diouf and Mané both miss a tantalising cross as Sobhy looks on, helpless.
48′: Soliman is claiming he was pushed over in the penalty area bu the referee is having none of it.
46′: The second half kicks off.
HT: Egypt 0-1 Senegal.
45′: Diop hits the post! So unlucky, the shot was fantastically hit.
43′: Diouf scores again, but the goal is controversially disallowed.
40′: Clear foul by Fathi on Mané goes unnoticed.
35′: Soliman is fouled, but the winger petulantly sticks out a foot as he falls. The referee misses it, apparently.
32′: Salah wins a free-kick on the left, but Trezeguet’s delivery is really poor.
30′: Pinball-esqe stuff as the ball ricochets around in the Senegal box. Nothing comes of the attack, however.
27′: Soliman shows quick feet on the right flank and wins a foul.
25′: Better from Egypt, but Salah shoots straight at Coundoul.
24′: Djilobodji shoots from distance but his effort is well wide.
20′: Senegal have a dangerous set piece but Sobhy claims it impressively.
18′: Possible penalty for Mané, but the referee waves play on.
16′: Ibrahim Salah fouls Mané and appears to take a swipe at the floored Southampton man.
14′: Chaos in the Senegal penalty area after an Egypt corner but the ball is cleared.
13′: Egypt’s attempt to break is poor and Coundoul gathers an aimless long ball.
12′: Frustration from Fathi as he hacks down Mané.
10′: Smouha’s Mohamed Sobhy replaces him in goal.
10′: It appears Shennawy was injured in the buildup for the goal. Things are going from bad to worse for Gharib.
8′: Terrible defending from a Senegal free-kick allowed the Stoke hitman to rise unchallenged and power his side into the lead. Horror start for the hosts.
8′: Goal: 0-1 Senegal. Diouf.
6′: Mame Biram Diouf goes dangerously close to opening the scoring. Goalkick.
0′: Kickoff in Cairo.
0′: Elsewhere, Gabon have clinched qualification thanks to a 0-0 draw with Angola.
0′: Raucous atmosphere provided by the home support tonight.
0′: The players are marching onto the field.
0′: Disorganized, to say the least.
— Marwan A. (@Marwan_KF) November 15, 2014
0′: As long as the hosts avoid defeat tonight, however, they will still be in with a chance for automatic qualification in the final round of games.
0′: A draw today would leave the Pharoahs needing a highly improbable win at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in four days’ time.
0′: A one-goal victory today would require Egypt to draw on Wednesday to all but ensure progression as the best third-placed side, and even without a point in Tunisia, 9 points could still be enough depending on GD and results elsewhere.
0′: Furthermore, avoiding defeat against group leaders Tunisia in Monastir on Wednesday is also crucial. A two-goal win today and a draw away to Tunisia would seal qualification for Egypt.
0′: Senegal will almost definitely take all three points at home midweek against whipping-boys Botswana, so Egypt need a win today.
0′: Senegal are one point ahead of Egypt, with a GD of +3 as opposed to the Pharaohs +1 GD.
0′: While we wait for the teams to come out of the tunnel, let’s talk permutations…..
0′: Zambia have also qualified after defeating Mozambique 0-1 in Maputo.
0′: Al Ahly (five) and Zamalek (three) dominate the starting lineup, with only three foreign-based players included.
0′: It’s 24 degrees in Cairo this evening, but temperatures are set to drop slightly in the next couple of hours.
0′: Algeria, Cape Verde, Tunisia, South Africa and Cameroon have all qualified for the tournament so far, along with the hosts, of course.
0′: In case you missed it, here’s our report on CAF’s decision to award Equatorial. Guinea hosting rights for the upcoming AFCON.
0′: Egypt’s XI vs Senegal: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Sabry Rahil, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Nagiub, Ahmed Fathi; Ibrahim Salah, Mohamed El-Nenny, Mahmoud Trezeguet; Mohamed Salah, Walid Soliman, Emad Meteb
Senegal’s XI vs Egypt: Bouna Coundoul; Papy Mison Djilobodji, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Serigne Mbodji; Pape Souaré, Idrissa Gueye, Diop, Stéphane Badji; Sadio Mané, Mame Biram Diouf, Dame N’Doye