2019 AFCON Qualifier: Mo Salah delivers for Egypt again

2019 AFCON Qualifier: Mo Salah delivers for Egypt again

With both sides qualified for the African Cup of Nations already, Egypt welcomed Tunisia to Alexandria after suffering a 1-0 loss to their Friday opponents earlier in the competition.

Despite not being the star man for long spells of the game, Mohamed Salah stepped up when needed to win it for his country in injury time with a splendid goal.


It was Tunisia who started better despite Egypt enjoying home advantage and hoping to overtake the visitors at the top of Group J with a win.


Wahbi Khazri won a free from tip and rattled the crossbar after just a minute.

It got better for Tunisia shortly after when Sliti slotted home after a slick move on 14 minutes.

The game was underway but Egypt hadn’t been informed of the start.


They eventually did find their feet and Trezegeut leveled after 32 minutes which came after substantial pressure on Farouk Ben Mustapha’s goal.


Tunisia looked dangerous on the break but it was Egypt’s ball now and they were asserting themselves like a home side is expected to.


They took the lead after 60 minutes when a free was whipped in from the left and El Mohamady lost Bronn to head home from close range.

What had from from a poor start turned into what looked like it could be a procession for Egypt.


But Tunisia turned their attack back on and Sliti leveled things again on 72 minutes when he continued a run from deep only to poke home a failed clearance at the back by Egypt.


The game looked like it was heading for a stalemate but Mohamed Salah, who showed flashes of his ability at times without ever wowing, had time for one act of brilliance.


In the 90th minute, he exchanged a one-two with Mohamed Mahmoud before controlling it, beating a defender and slicing over the keeper to win it for the home side.


He smiled as the referee blew full time before fans mobbed him on the field as their savior once again.


Culled from AS

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