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AFCON 2015 – Tunisia vs Egypt Live Commentary
The Carthage Eagles have already qualified with a game to spare, following their 0-0 draw in Gaborone last week.
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.
DR Congo are currently leading the race among third place teams with 9 points, having defeated Sierra Leone 3-1 earlier today. The Pharaohs will need to win by at least two goals to have any chance of reaching the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
That’s all from me, but stick around for King Fut’s match report and further coverage! See you soon!
Tunisia top the group, and Senegal are a point behind in second place after dismantling minnows Botswana 3-0 in tonight’s other late kickoff.
Salah opened the scoring early on, but goals from Chikhaoui and Khazri completed the hosts’ comeback.
FT: Shawky Gharib’s men have finished with the WORST record of all third-placed teams in group qualifying.
FT: Tunisia 2-1 Egypt.
90+3′: El-Nenny is struggling, and his delivery from a corner is very poor.
— Abdul Musa (@PepJunior1) November 19, 2014
90+1′: Four minutes of added time.
90′: As things stand, the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to qualify for the tournament finals in two months’ time.
85′: Shortly before the goal, Tunisia’s Chermiti replaced Younes.
83′: After leading for most of the game, Egypt are now trailing 2-1 with seven minutes to play.
80′: GOAL! Khazri whips a fantastic free-kick past the wall and into the top corner.
78′: Meteb replaces the ineffective Kamar.
76′: Just under 15 minutes left, but the Egyptians look tired and out of ideas.
74′: Hamoudi takes a set piece on the right, but it’s poor and easily cleared.
72′: Kamar hits a low shot, but it creeps past the far post.
70′: Ben Youssef misses yet another sitter!
64′: Double change from Gharib, as Zakaria and Hamoudi replace Ghaly and Soliman respectively.
62′: Chaos in the Tunisians’ area, but Mathlouthi somehow claims the ball.
59′: Ben Youssef misses when it would have been easier to score! Gharib needs to change something or risk going behind.
58′: Khazri unleashes a stinging drive that Hadary saves athletically.
57′: Salah’s cross is nonchalantly picked out of the air by Mathlouthi.
56′: The game is getting stretched; end-to-end stuff.
53′: Goal, Chikhaoui. Ghaly’s backpass was awful and the Tunisian skipper pounced and smashed the ball home. 1-1.
50′: El Hadary is feeling some discomfort in his left knee, but the veteran is playing on.
47′: Gharib’s men are stringing a few passes together but no threat has been posed to the home defence so far.
46′: The second half is underway. It’s do or die for the Pharaohs.
HT: Salah’s 14th minute finish separates the sides after an eventful first half that became increasingly physical at the end.
HT: Tunisia 0-1 Egypt.
45+2′: ANOTHER booking, this time for Khazri who tackles Fathi from behind. Awful.
45′: A yellow card is rightly produced for for the Zamalek centre-back.
44′: Ali Gabr CLATTERS into Ben Youssef from behind, leaving the talented hitman in a heap.
42′: A good passing move comes to nothing for Egypt, as the final ball into the box is poor.
38′: Soliman with a crunching tackle. The referee duly books him.
36′: Abdennour heads wide from a corner, as the hosts try to get a foothold in the game.
36′: Neither side is managing to hold on to the ball for prolonged periods of time.
33′: And now Kamar is down. They’re dropping like flies…
30′: Soliman is on the ground after a nasty clash off the ball.
29′: Tunisia break, but the Pharaohs’ back line tidies up quite nicely.
27′: Senegal are winning 2-0 against bottom team Botswana in the other Group G game.
24′: El-Nenny, who looks injured, blasts a half-volley inches past the post.
23′: We’re halfway through the first interval at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, and Egypt are leading the hosts 0-1. The visitors need one more goal to qualify for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
20′: El-Hadary with a magnificent save to deny Ben Youssef!
19′: It’s all going Egypt’s way at the moment, as the hosts waste a good set-piece.
17′: Another missed chance! Soliman scuffs his shot twice in quick succession and the Tunisian stopper catches the ball easily.
14′: Walid Soliman lifted a ball over the defence and the onside Chelsea man poked it past Mathlouthi. 0-1.
14′: GOALLLLLLLLL! Salah opens the scoring!
13′: Soliman’s shot is blocked for a corner.
11′: The game has calmed down somewhat after a frantic start.
5′: What a miss! Salah has wasted a huge chance early on after dribbling the keeper..
0′: The game kicks off in Monastir.
0′: Gharib has sent out a much changed XI this evening, after the teams poor performance over the weekend against Senegal.
0′: Welcome to the final game in AFCON 2015 qualifying: it’s Tunisia vs Egypt in Monastir, and the visitors are in dire need of a big win here.
0′: Egypt’s XI vs Tunisia: Essam El-Hadary; Ahmed Elmohamady, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil; Mohamed El-Nenny, Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Fathi; Mohamed Salah, Walid Soliman, Khaled Kamar
Tunisia’s XI vs Egypt: Aymen Mathlouthi, Hamza Mathlouthi, Aymen Abdennour, Syam Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul, Hocine Ragued, Ferjani Sassi, Wahbi Khazri, Yassine Chikhaoui, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Hamza Younés.