Egypt women earn historic victory

Women's Africa Cup of Nations 2016

Egypt achieved their first win in women's Africa Cup of Nations history by beating Zimbabwe 1-0 on Tuesday.

Salma Ahmed was the hero for Egypt, scoring the winning goal from close range with only eight minutes of the match remaining.

It ended Egypt's four-match losing streak at the finals - they lost all three of their games in 1998 and were also beaten by Cameroon on Saturday.

The win has now given them a chance of reaching the 2016 semi-finals.

The Lady Pharaohs are in second place in Group A and would book their progress with a draw against South Africa in their final game on Friday.

Hosts Cameroon, who have already qualified to the next round, take on Zimbabwe in the other Group A match.

Egypt edged what was largely a midfield battle with Zimbabwe on Tuesday, with both sides struggling to break free in the first half.

It took until the 82nd minute for the breakthrough to come and Ahmed kept calm to slot in a crucial goal.

Two minutes later Zimbabwe had a goal ruled out for offside, ending their hopes of a comeback.

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