RELIVE: Egypt v Tunisia (2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's match between Egypt and Tunisia in the 4th matchday of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers' group stage

Ahram Online , Friday 16 Nov 2018,
Tunisian Youssef Meskeni (R) vies with Egypt's Mohamed Elneny (L) for the ball during their international friendly football match at the Cairo International stadium in the Egyptian capital on January 8, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

Full Time: Egypt 3-2 Tunisia

The referee blows his final whistle

Mohamed Salah chips a last-gasp killer to make it 3-2 for Egypt.


Elneny receives the second yellow card for Egypt.

85' Warda leaves and Taher Mohamed comes in.

83' El-Shennawwi makes the save of the day and denies Tunisia's Bedoui a third goal.

81' A yellow card for Ayman Ashraf.

75' Wadi Degla's Mohamed Mahmoud replaces Tarek Hamed.

72' Sliti makes use of Hegazy's poor clearance and scores the second for himself and for Tunisia.

Goal for Tunisia

Salah dribbles and strikes from inside the box but it hits the post and then out.

67' Marwan Mohsen gets off and Salah Mohsen gets in. 

A header from Baher El-Mohamady gives Egypt the lead, thanks to an outstanding cross from Warda.


Fakhereedine Ben Youssef comes in.

53' Salah curls a shot but it goes wide.

Second half is underway

Half Time: Egypt 1-1 Tunisia

The referee blows his halftime whistle.

Three minutes of stoppage time.

39' Salah sends two consecutive fantastic crosses from two corner cicks, Egypt fail to convert any of Mo's crosses to a second goal. 

Despite equalizing, Egypt seem to be struggling to find tactical solutions to create threatening chances. 

Another stunning shot by Trezeguet but goes to a goal cick.

30' Trezeguet's deflected shot from inside the box makes it 1-1


A good cross by Mohamed Salah but cleared by Rami Bedoui

24' Egypt now have much more possession of the ball after Tunisia have scored their first.

21' A stunning strike by Trezeguet but Ben Mustapha brilliantly parries it away.

18' This is Egypt's first game against one of the continent's top teams since the arrival of coach Javier Aguirre, the game is seen as the first real test for the Mexican manager.

16' A danger-less cross from Ahmed Elmohamady, easily saved by Ben Mustapha.

14' Naïm Sliti finds himself face to face with El-Shennawi and easily makes it 0-1 for Tunisia.

GOAl for Tunisia

Despite the fact that both teams have already qualified, they seem determined to secure tonight's 3 points.

6' Both teams share possession after 6 minutes.

2' Khazri hits from a distance but the bar denies the first for Tunisia.

The match is underway

17:33 Players are warming up.

17:25 Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia stressed on Thursday the importance of Friday's clash between Egypt and Tunisia for both sides, adding that he is confident that Tunisia will perform well in Alexandria.

17:15 "The win will lift us to the group summit. It is our target. We respect the Tunisian team but our target is to beat them," Aguirre told the press conference.

17:00 "Tunisia's clash is very important for us as we need to clinch the three points of the game," Aguirre told the pre-match news conference on Thursday.

Egypt's lineup:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed El-Shennawi

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady – Ahmed Hegazy - Baher El-Mohamady – Ayman Ashraf

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed – Mohamed Elneny – Amr Warda – Mahmoud Trezeguet – Mohamed Salah

Strikers: Marwan Mohsen

Tunisia's lineup:

Goalkeeper: Farouk Ben Mustapha

Defenders: Yassine Meriah - Rami Bedoui - Oussama Haddadi - Dylan Bronn

Midfielders: Ellyes Skhiri - Ferjani Sassi - Ayman Ben Mohamed - Saîf-Eddine Khaoui - Naïm Sliti

Strikers: Wahbi Khazri

15:30 The North African rivals, who have both already secured their Nations Cup places, will be vying for top spot in their group. Tunisia have a three-point lead over second-placed Egypt.

13:30 "There is a difference between the styles of Aguirre and Cuper. With all respect for the former coach and his achievements, under his helm the players' movements were restricted on the pitch, unlike what happens now under Aguirre," Egypt's assistant coach Hany Ramzy said last week.

12:30 Under Aguirre's guidance, the Pharaohs crushed Niger 6-0 and defeated eSwatini 4-1 and 2-0 home and away respectively to seal passage to next year's Nations Cup finals in Cameroon with two games to spare in Group J.

11:00 With Egypt already guaranteed an African Nations Cup place, coach Javier Aguirre will be under no pressure when his side host Tunisia in their penultimate qualifier in Alexandria on Friday.

Venue: Borg E-Arab stadium, Alexandria

Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)

Group J ranking:

Egypt (2nd with 6 points after playing three games)
Tunisia (1st with 9 point after playing three games)

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