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VIDEO: Egypt defeat Tanzania 3-0 after inspired second half
Tanzania (4-5-1): Dida; Kapombe, Oscar, Cannavaro, Aggrey; Nyoni, Kazimoto, Kiemba, Mkude, Ulimwengu; Samatta.
The first five minutes of the game provided an idea of the tone of the whole match, as Egypt came out of the gates running.
The relentless Egyptian attack continued, with Mohamed Salah and Hazem Emam providing the impetus for the pressure on the right flank. Salah had a chance to break the deadlock on 17 minutes, but his shot was blocked by a defender at the last second, resulting in a corner kick that ultimately amounted to nothing.
After 22 minutes, Tanzania had their first shot at goal, but it didn’t test El-Shennawy as it sailed over the bar. One minute later, Kahraba missed the chance of the game at that point. A Mekki shot was parried by Dida, directly in the path of the ENPPI youngster, who inexplicably fluffed the rebound, and the game remained deadlocked.
Two minutes later, the Pharaohs had another goal dubiously called back. A delightful corner kick delivery saw Rami Rabia nod the ball down to Ahmed Hassan Mekki who made no mistake on the 6-yard volley. Ultimately, the referee adjudged Rabia to have committed a foul on the Tanzanian keeper. Replays seemed to show the Sporting Lisbon defender should not have been penalized, however, and the goal should have counted.
Three minutes before halftime, Tanzania almost stole a goal against the run of play when Kiemba’s long range effort soared just inches wide of Ahmed El-Shennawy’s far post. The half ended without incident, and Tanzania went into the dressing room the happier of the two teams after the stalemate first half.
Although quite evident the Pharaohs lacked a clinical touch, Argentine manager Héctor Cúper elected against making any halftime substitutes, as he sent the Pharaohs on unchanged.
Still on on the front foot, the Egyptians were unable to break down the resolute Tanzanian defense, prompting Cúper to send Zamalek hitman Bassem Morsi on for Dodo El-Gabbas after 57 minutes.
The substitution paid dividends, when three minutes later, Morsi won Egypt’s 12th corner of the game. Mohamed Salah sent the corner in, and Rami Rabia beat the goalkeeper to the ball and connected with a towering header to break the deadlock and quell Egypt’s worries.
Five minutes later, Morsi officially put his mark on the game by capping off a glorious counter attack. Another pinpoint Mohamed Salah cross met Morsi unmarked in the box, who made no mistake with his diving header to make the score 2-0 on 65 minutes.
Shortly after, Ahly youngster Ramadan Sobhy was brought on to replace Kahraba. In the process, he became the youngest player to debut for the senior team, breaking the record previously held by Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’.
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The third goal came minutes later as former FC Basel teammates Mohamed El-Nenny and Mohamed Salah orchestrated a wonderful one-two, which the Chelsea winger capped off by chipping Dida from seven yards out.
Mostafa Fathy was introduced for man-of-the-match Mohamed Salah five minutes later. The game ended without further incident, and Egypt deservedly took home the three points.
This is Héctor Cúper’s third straight win as Egypt manager, after previously leading the Pharaohs to a 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea and a 2-1 win over Malawi. He will be trying to lead the Egyptian national team to their first AFCON in four episodes, in a qualifying group that also includes Nigeria and Chad.
The Pharaohs currently lead Group G with a superior goal difference over the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who defeated Chad 2-0 at home on Saturday.
Video of the goals: