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Salah brace against Tanzania seals AFCON comeback

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Posted on June 4, 2016

Egypt Tanzania AFCON Salah

Salah scored a brace to secure ’s place in the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon, after a 2-0 win away to clinched top spot in qualifying Group G. 

Tanzania XI: Munish; Abdul, Aggrey, Nyoni, Mwinyi; Ulimwengu, Kazimoto, Himid, Farid; Maguri, Samatta
Egypt XI: El-Hadary; Fathi, Gabr, Rabia, Abdel-Shafy; Hamed, , El-Said; Salah, Mohsen, Trezeguet

In a match where neither side succeeded in dominating proceedings, real chances were few and far between.

Both sides wasted a few opportunities to take the lead in the first half, with Tanzania putting pressure on the visitors.

In the 44th minute, Roma star successfully converted a free-kick past a poorly-positioned Munish, with the wall of defenders also at fault.

Egypt would consider themselves lucky to lead at the break, given the mediocre performances from their midfielders and wingers.

Hector Cuper’s instructions in the second half were clear: sit back and hit the hosts on the counter. It was a tactic which played dividends in the 58th minute, when Salah raced clear to score his second goal of the match.

The remainder of the match was characterized by misplaced passes and awkward challenges, as the Pharaohs saw out a win that is crucial for their World Cup qualifying draw hopes.

More importantly, the win sees Egypt return to the African Cup of Nations for the first time since 2010, the last of their three-tournament winning streak.

2 Comments

  1. Mo

    June 4, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    With both Egypt and Tunisia winning, is Egypt likely to remain in pot 1 for WCQ?

    • Kareem

      June 5, 2016 at 1:37 AM

      not really Tunisia will probably be in pot 1 it is hare to explain but if the fifa ranking is posted June 8 or 9 hen Tunisia will be in pot 1, but if posted june 10 Egypt will be in Pot 1. However, I believe that Tunisia is a much stronger team than Egypt. They deserve to be in Pot 1. Tunisia is starting to become like Algeria. Tunisia will qualify to the world cup. Mark my words!

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