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VIDEO: Mohsen’s late goal gives Egypt friendly victory over Tunisia

Marwan Mohsen

Photo: Al Ahly SC

Marwan Mohsen scored late as Egypt claimed a 1-0 friendly win over Tunisia in their final warm-up match ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt XI: Ekramy; Hafez, Samir, Gabr, Fathi; Elneny, Hamed, Warda, Trezeguet, Ramadan; Koka.

Tunisia XI: Mathlouthi; Nagguez, Ben Youssef, Yakoubi, Maaloul; Sliti, Lahmar, Sassi, Khazri, Msakni; Akaichi.

The Pharaohs dominated the possession for the opening 10 minutes but without causing any danger on Tunisia’s goal.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had the chance to open the scoring for Egypt in the 12th minute after Mahmoud Trezeguet sent him towards the penalty area with a through ball but his shot was saved by Tunisia keeper Aymen Mathlouthi.

Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri was unable to continue the game after picking up an injury in the ninth minute, and was replaced by Lary Elazouny on the quarter-hour mark.

In the 22nd minute, Amr Warda set up a cross from the right side into Tunisia’s penalty area to find Braga’s striker Ahmed Hassan Koka, whose header went wide.

Tunisia began to dominate the possession around the final 15 minutes of the first half, but they couldn’t break through the Egyptian defense who tried to press the Tunisians in the midfield. The first half ended goalless as both sides struggled to create any clear-cut chances.

Egypt manager Hector Cuper made a treble substitution in the half time as Marwan Mohsen, Ibrahim Salah and Ahmed El-Shennawy came on to replace Koka, Elneny and Ekramy.

Tunisia continued to hold a slight advantage in the second half over the Pharaohs who were pressed in the first 10 minutes after the break.

Cuper made his fourth substitution of the night as Ahmed Fathi made his way out for Hull City’s Ahmed Elmohamady with 30 minutes remaining to full time.

Elmohamady had an immediate impact as he played a brilliant cross into the penalty area, but Marwan Mohsen couldn’t connect his head onto it.

With around 20 minutes to go, Mohamed Salah and Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim “Kahraba” replaced Ramadan Sobhi and Amr Warda, respectively.

Tunisia were on the verge of scoring the first goal of the game after 71 minutes, when Ahmed Akaichi received a cross into the area but Ali Gabr cleared the ball before Ittihad Jeddah’s striker could find the net.

The Eagles of Carthage had a couple of chances to take the lead. Saber Khalifa tried his luck from the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar, before Msakni was very close to score but Saad Samir blocked his shot nine minutes from time.

As the game seemed to be heading toward a dull draw, Marwan Mohsen scored the winner for Egypt in the second minute of the additional time.

Al Ahly striker received Kahraba’s pass inside the box under pressure, before beating the defender and striking low in the bottom corner leaving Mathlouthi with no chance. The game ended in a 1-0 win for Egypt, marking the Pharaohs’ first victory over Tunisia since 2002.

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