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2017 AFCON: Nigeria vs Egypt – Live Commentary
Egypt head into the encounter with maximum points from two Group G games against Chad (away) and Tanzania (home), and lead the standings ahead of Nigeria, who have managed to collect four points so far.
A win in Nigeria would be a huge boost for the Pharaohs, and would open up a five-point gap at the top of the table ahead of their rivals – led by interim manager Samson Siasia – with the return fixture to be played at the Borg El Arab stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday. A home win this evening, however, would see Nigeria leapfrog Egypt into first place and keep the battle for top spot as intriguing as ever at the halfway point.
Egypt XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Gaber, Rabia, Hegazy, Tolba; Elneny, Ibrahim Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Trezeguet, Mohamed Salah; Koka.
Subs: Mohamed El-Shennawy, Dweidar, Rahil, Hamed, Ghaly, Ramadan, Marwan Mohsen.
Nigeria XI: Ikeme; Amuzie, Ambrose, Oboabona, Shehu Abdullahi; Mikel, Etebo, Iheanacho; Simon, Musa, Ighalo.
Subs: Akpeyi, Elderson, Moses, Umar, Azubuike, Orji, Iwobi
Stay tuned for our match report, and further analysis of the controversial end to the match. It’s been a pleasure.
The referee whistles for FT with Salah clean through on goal! Nigeria 1-1 Egypt.
91′: Ramadan found the Roma attacker with a fantastic pass, and Salah controlled before slotting calmly past Ikeme. Nigeria 1-1 Egypt.
91′: MOHAMED SALAH NETS THE EQUALISER! UNBELIEVABLE!
86′: Still Nigeria 1-0 Egypt, as the final whistle approaches. The hosts will assume Group G leadership if the match ends in a home win.
84′: HAMADA TOLBA MAKES AN INCREDIBLE GOAL-LINE CLEARANCE!
82′: Arsenal’s Iwobi replaces Moses Simon.
80′: Elneny lucky to avoid a booking after screaming at the referee.
75′: Ramadan replaces Trezeguet seconds after the latter charged towards the Nigeria goal and blazed over.
73′: Victor Moses comes on for Musa.
71′: El-Shennawy makes a huge save!
70′: Hossam Ghaly replaces the ineffectual El-Said.
65′: Chance! Marwan Mohsen shoots from an awkward position and Ikeme saves.
61′: SUBS: Marwan Mohsen replaces Koka, while Iheanacho makes way for Umar.
60′: Goal! Nigeria scrambles home to give Nigeria the lead.
57′: Ambrose clears the ball ahead of an onrushing Salah after Koka attempted to release his teammate.
53′: Trezeguet and Rabia both go for a header, and the ball falls harmlessly to Ikeme.
48′: Seconds earlier, Moses went into the book for a foul on Salah.
48′: Ighalo goes close after a Hegazy error. Goal kick.
46′: The second half kicks off. Will we see an improvement on a dull first half?
HT: Nigeria 0-0 Egypt.
45′: KELECHI! The attacker’s shot is saved at the near post by Shennawy.
43′: The ball cannot seem to stay on the field for more than a couple of minutes at a time. Clearances abound.
29′: Trezeguet brings the ball forward, but his pass fails to find Salah.
25′: Nigeria 0-0 Egypt.
22′: Ahmed Musa fouls Hamada Tolba.
20′: Shennawy makes a low save at the other end to deny Moses.
18′: Koka misses an incredible chance after Salah and El-Said combine well.
17′: Terrible cross from Trezeguet after the Anderlecht man is released down the left.
15′: Shennawy makes an important catch to quell the danger after an outswinging cross.
10′: Sloppy play from both sides in the opening 10 minutes.
6′: Two corners in quick succession for the hosts come to nothing.
5′: Rabia clears under pressure from Ighalo.
1′: Ahmed Musa charges down the right early on, but his cross is blocked.
0′: We’re underway in Kaduna.
Both sets of players have exited the tunnel and are standing by for the national anthems.
CONFIRMED: Abdallah El-Said will captain #Egypt against Nigeria.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) March 25, 2016
19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho starts for Nigeria tonight, after a breakthrough season with Manchester City in England. Big occasion for the teenager; can he cope with the pressure?
It’s currently about 34 degrees in Kaduna, which means the players will be sweating sooner rather than later. Still, from the photo below, it seems like a fairly clear afternoon. 45 minutes to kickoff.
Hello, my name is Omar Morsy, and it’ll be my pleasure to keep you updated with all the action from the huge clash in Nigeria today.
Full capacity at the ABS stadium Kaduna. Nigeria vs Egypt pic.twitter.com/E81PZyDnuy
— #Twfleague (@Football_Naija) March 25, 2016
Hazem Emam, Ayman Hefny, Momen Zakaria, Amr Warda and Amr Gamal have all been excluded from the matchday squad by Hector Cuper.
You can also check out what Super Eagles trio Iheanacho, Moses, and Ighalo had to say about the match HERE.
Can’t wait for the match to start? Read our expertly-crafted preview HERE.