EGYPT 1ST TO GET SEMI-FINAL SLOT, A MATCH AWAY FROM OLYMPIC TICKET

Hosts, Egypt twice came back from behind and secure a thrilling 3-2 win over Ghana in a Group A encounter of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

 

With the win, the second in a row, the Egyptians have secured a place in the semi-final and just require one more win in the knockout stage to secure a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

It was not an easy win for the hosts who were shocked by a sixth minute lead through a goal by Ghana’s Yaw Yeboah who finished Samuel Obeng’s low cross into the back of Egypt’s Goalkeeper Mohammed Sobhy’s net.

The hosts responded in the 17th minute, as Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh went up the left flank and sent an accurate cross towards Mostafa Mohamed, who converted with a well-placed header to level things up.

Just one minute after the restart, Ghana took the lead once again through Obeng. The number 18 capitalized on a defensive error from Mohamed Abdel-Salam and went past Sobhy before slotting into the empty net.

After conceding, Egypt kept pushing forward in order to make things level and in the 57th minute Sobhi managed to find the back of Baah’s net, however, his header was ruled out for offside.

Around the 75-minute mark, Abdelrahman Magdy squared the ball to Karim Eleraky on the right side, but the fullback’s strike cannoned off the crossbar.

The Egyptians didn’t give up as Sobhi scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute. The winger scored from the rebound after Magdy’s initial shot was poorly handled by Baah. Just six minutes later, the hosts completed the comeback as super sub Ahmed Rayan headed Sobhi’s cross past Baah, to make it 3-2 and send Egypt to the semi-finals