Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
Egypt1Ghana0

Afcon 2017: Egypt beat Ghana to win group and reach last eight

Mohamed Salah is surrounded by team-mates after scoring
Mohamed Salah is surrounded by team-mates after scoring

Egypt reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group D winners with a 1-0 win over already qualified Ghana, who finish as runners-up.

Mohamed Salah provided the decisive moment, lashing in a free-kick through a gap in Ghana's defensive wall.

A mistake by Ghana keeper Brimah Razak presented Marwan Mohsen with a chance to double the lead but he shot over.

Daniel Amartey missed Ghana's best chance, heading wide from Christian Atsu's free-kick to the back post.

The result means Egypt will face Morocco and Ghana will take on DR Congo in last-eight matches on Sunday.

Record seven-time African champions Egypt knew a point would be good enough to take them through to the knockout stage and, after Roma forward Salah put them ahead, they were content to sit back and protect their position.

But for all Ghana's increased possession, Avram Grant's side - not helped by the loss of captain Asamoah Gyan to injury on 40 minutes - could not find the cutting edge up front to get back on level terms.

And when it appeared they might break through after Atsu's excellent jinking run had earned him a good shooting chance, the ball bobbled up off the much-criticised Oyem pitch and bounced off his shin as he took aim.

Emmanuel Badu's low drive from 25 yards brought a decent save from Egypt's 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, and the Nations Cup's oldest ever player was also equal to Jordan Ayew's fizzing effort late on.

Given Ghana's lack of goal threat, Grant will be concerned that Gyan's injury will rule the striker out of the match against DR Congo.

Egypt will take confidence from inflicting a first defeat on Ghana in Gabon - it was also the first goal the Back Stars had conceded at the tournament - as well as standout performances by midfielder Mahmoud Hassan and centre-backs Ali Gabr Mossad and Ahmed Hegazy.

Line-ups

Egypt

  • 1El Hadary
  • 3El Mohamady
  • 2Gabr
  • 6Hegazy
  • 7Fathy
  • 17Elneny
  • 8El Said Hamed
  • 10Salah
  • 19El SaidSubstituted forWardaat 76'minutes
  • 21TrézéguetBooked at 74mins
  • 18MohsenBooked at 56minsSubstituted forKahrabaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gaber
  • 5Mohamed Gad
  • 9Hassan
  • 11Kahraba
  • 12Abdallah Duiedar
  • 14Sobhi
  • 15Hafez
  • 16Ekramy
  • 20Saad Ali
  • 22Warda

Ghana

  • 1Brimah
  • 2Yiadom
  • 21BoyeBooked at 80mins
  • 4Mensah
  • 23Afful
  • 18Amartey
  • 7Atsu
  • 8BaduSubstituted forWakasoat 80'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 20TettehSubstituted forTekpeteyat 72'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 3GyanSubstituted forJ Ayewat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Partey
  • 6Acquah
  • 9J Ayew
  • 11Wakaso
  • 12Ofori
  • 13Assifuah
  • 14Tekpetey
  • 15Ofori
  • 16Dauda
  • 19Gyimah
  • 22Acheampong
Referee:
Bakary Gassama

Match Stats

Home TeamEgyptAway TeamGhana
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Egypt 1, Ghana 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Egypt 1, Ghana 0.

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amr Warda (Egypt).

Offside, Egypt. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Kahraba is caught offside.

Offside, Egypt. Trezeguet tries a through ball, but Kahraba is caught offside.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Essam El Hadary.

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Amartey.

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amr Warda (Egypt).

Jordan Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ali Gabr (Egypt).

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

Amr Warda (Egypt) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazy.

Attempt missed. Bernard Tekpetey (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Hand ball by Kahraba (Egypt).

Offside, Egypt. Amr Warda tries a through ball, but Kahraba is caught offside.

Hand ball by Christian Atsu (Ghana).

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Ali Gabr.

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Trezeguet (Egypt).

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed Fathy (Egypt).

Booking

John Boye (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Boye (Ghana).

Kahraba (Egypt) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso replaces Emmanuel Badu.

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Ghana).

Tarek Hamed (Egypt) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Ghana).

Ahmed Fathy (Egypt) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Bernard Tekpetey (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bernard Tekpetey (Ghana).

Amr Warda (Egypt) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Egypt. Amr Warda replaces Abdallah El Said.

Foul by Jonathan Mensah (Ghana).

Ahmed Elmohamady (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Trezeguet (Egypt) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso31204225
2Cameroon31203215
3Gabon30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301225-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal32106247
2Tunisia32016516
3Algeria302156-12
4Zimbabwe301248-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo32106337
2Morocco32014226
3Ivory Coast302123-12
4Togo301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt32102027
2Ghana32012116
3Mali302112-12
4Uganda301213-21
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