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African Nations Cup Qualifier - Egypt v Niger - Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt - September 8, 2018 Niger's Sidibe Modibo in action with Egypt's Baher El Mohamady (REUTERS)
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Full time: Niger 1-1 Egypt



The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt draw with Niger in their last Nations Cup qualifying game

90+2' Adebayor almost scores! He cuts inside two defenders on the edge of the area and curls a shot that goes just wide. Egypt are lucky! 

90+1' A chance for Niger at the death! El-Shennawi keeps away a snap shot from substitute Victorien Adebayor.

88' Egypt show signs of defensive weaknesses! 

84' It's a deserved goal for Moutari, who is producing a superb all-round display today! 

82' Moutari caps his efforts with a brilliant equaliser! He collects a pass unmarked in the area and blasts a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle. 

82' Goal for Niger!

79' Egypt make their third and final substitution. Talae El-Geish striker Mostafa Mohamed replaces Ahmed Kouka. 

76' Substitute Kotia blasts a shot over the bar in a rare Niger effort. 

74' Both sides ease off. 

68' Egypt also make a second substitution. Ammar Hamdi, who created the match's only goal, makes way for Ismaily's Abdel-Rahman Magdi. 

67' Niger make a second substitution. Seybou Koita replaces Issa Sidibe.

66' Egypt are now in control as Niger are pegged back. 

60' Niger's Moutari skips past several defenders but fails in his effort to round El-Shennawi as the ball goes out for a goal kick. 

56' El-Shennawi thwarts another shot and saves a follow-up effort from Egypt defender Ali Gabr! 

55' The penalty is saved!! Ahmed El-Shennawi dives the right way to block it. 

53' Niger are awarded a penalty!! Ali Gabr trips a forward with a needless tackle. 

52' Wonkoye cuts inside Egypt's defence but blasts his shot high over from inside the area. 

49' Egypt look much better than the first half. Can they add to their lead? 

47' Trezeguet scores with his first touch after coming on as Egypt take the lead! A poor back pass is intercepted by youngster Hamdi, who threads a pass to Trezeguet to break clear and beat the keeper with a low shot at his near post. 

47' GOOOOAAL FOR EGYPT!!

46' Egypt make their first substitution. Kasimpasa winger Mahmoud Trezeguet replaces Aly Ghazal. 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds one minute of stoppage time. 

42' A free kick is floated into the area by Egypt's Amr Warda but the referee whistles for a foul on the keeper. 

39' A low cross from Niger goes across the six-yard box and into safety. 

36' Egypt's sluggish display is doing them no favours as Niger look much better. 

32' Niger create the game's first clear-cut chance! Issa Sidibe is found by a cross from Wonkoye but his close-range volley struck the upright. They are unlucky! 

30' Egypt gain more possession as the match wears on, but they are still unable to unlock the defence. 

26' Egypt create their first chance! Warda slips the ball to Ammar Hamdi whose low shot from inside the area is blocked by the keeper. 

24' Egypt's Mohamed Hani is booked for taking time in a throw-in. 

23' Nothing much is happening in a dour affair! 

18' Egypt are still struggling to control possession, let alone create chances. 

14' Niger are the better side in the first quarter of an hour. 

12' Niger whip in a free kick but Karim Hafez clears it for a corner. 

8' Wonkoye skips past Hani on the left but his cross is cleared by the defence. 

6' Kouka sends a header wide following a right-wing cross from Mohamed Hani. 

4' Niger are missing star striker Moussa Maâzou.

3' At the other end, lone striker Kouka fails to get on the end of a through pass. 

3' Niger have penalty claims waved away by the referee after Mohamed Wonkoye falls in the area.  

2' Egypt's first long ball upfield goes out for a goal kick. The condition of the pitch will make it difficult for the Pharaohs to display their flowing football. 

The match is underway 

17:25 Both sides step onto the pitch, five minutes before kick-off 

17:00 The team is warming up now and the players will be back to the dressing room in a few minutes.

16:20 Under Aguirre, Egypt have won four straight qualifying games to sit joint top of Group J with 12 points, on level with Tunisia. They have scored 15 goals and conceded only four in the process, with the new manager's attacking schemes drawing admiration from many fans.

16:10 Amaar Hamdy, Nabil Emad and Ahmed Ayman will be featuring for the Egyptian national team for the first ever time against Niger

16:05 Egypt's starting line up: Ahmed El-Shenawi, Mohamed Hany, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Ayman, Karim Hafez, Amr El-Sulaya, Aly Ghazal, Amr Warda, Amaar Hamdy, Nabil Emad, Ahmed Hassan 'Kouka'

16:00 Egypt will also face Nigeria in a friendly on Tuesday and are expected to arrange more warm-ups before the Nations Cup gets underway.

15:30 Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and West Bromwich defender Ahmed Hegazi were rested for the game.

15:00 The new uncapped faces include Pyramids' in-form midfielder Nabil Emad, Ismaily winger Abdel-Rahman Magdi, Smouha left-back Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh and Talae El-Geish striker Mostafa Mohamed.


13:50  "The final squad will be announced in two months, so will involve a bigger vision after we have seen the new faces play at this camp. Leaving out some players this time doesn't mean that they won't join the team again," he added.

13:40 "Aguirre has settled on 80 or 90 percent of the names that will join our squad at the African Cup. We feel comfortable as we are guaranteed a spot at the finals that will be played at home," assistant coach Hany Ramzy told MBC Masr TV channel last Wednesday.

 

13:30 However, the match should give Mexican coach Javier Aguirre the chance to test some players who shone in the domestic league, although few can actually make it to the final cut at the Nations Cup.

12:30 Already qualified virtue of their point tally before being granted the hosting rights of the 21 June-19 July Nations Cup, the Pharaohs play Niger away from home on Saturday in a dead-rubber.

 

12:00 Egypt are set to field several fringe players who are unlikely to be part of their African Nations Cup squad when they take on Niger in their last qualifying game for the tournament which the country will host in the summer.
 

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 17:30 Cairo time (GMT+2)

 

Venue: Stade General S. K., Niamey


Referee: Ring Nyier Akech Malong

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