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RELIVE: Egypt v Mali (U23 Africa Cup of Nations)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's match between Egypt and Mali in the U23 Africa Cup of Nations opener

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Nov 2019
Soccer Football - Africa Under 23 Cup of Nations - Group A - Egypt U23 v Mali U23 - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - November 8, 2019 Mali's Aliou Dieng in action with Egypt's REUTERS
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Full time: Egypt 1-0 Mali

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt kick off their campaign with a 1-0 win over Mali

90' At the other end, a curling shot from Ammar Hamdi goes just over the bar. 

88' Egypt keeper Sobhi pulls off a fine save to block a fierce long-range drive from central midfielder Boubacar Traore!

88' A header from Egypt defender Abdel-Salam goes wide following a cross from Aboul-Fotouh. 

84' Egypt playmaker Ammar Hamdi receives a yellow card. 

83' A rare Egypt cross goes begging. Mostafa Mohamed's substitution leaves the team without an established striker. 

79' Egypt are content to sit back and defend their slender advantage. 

74' Egypt make a second substitution. Striker Mostafa Mohamed, scorer of the only goal, is replaced for Ismaily winger Abdel-Rahman Magdi. 

71' Mali make a substitution. Amadou Diarra replaces El Bilal Toure.

68' Egypt's Ahmed Ramadan makes a timely interception to steal possession from El Bilal Toure from a dangerous position in the area. 

67' Both sides are hindered by too many mis-placed passes. 

59' Egypt look a disjointed side so far! 

55' Mali are outplaying a lethargic Egypt side in the early stages of the second half. 

53' Clement Boubacar Kanoute heads high over following a corner. Mali look close to leveling the score! 

49' What a chance for Mali, they almost equalise! A far-post header from Aly Mallé is blocked by keeper Mohamed Sobhi and a fierce shot from Ibrahim Kane on the follow-up rattles the upright!  

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' A cross from Egypt's Karim El-Iraqi goes begging. 

41' Defender Mohamed Abdel-Salam fires high over instead of feeding an unmarked teammate in the box! 

38' Mali create their first chance! Striker El Bilal Toure heads just wide from a corner. 

33' Mostafa's goal should spur Egypt into an action after a lethargic opening. 

29' Aboul-Fotouh whips in a cross from the left and Zamalek's in-form striker Mostafa beats his marker to send a powerful header home. 


28' Egypt created a couple of half chances but they are still finding it difficult to break down a dogged and pyysical Malian defence. 

23' A header from Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh is collected by the keeper, shortly after a corner causes mayhem in the Malian defence. 

20' Mali look composed, unaffected by fan pressure. 

16' A Malian defender is robbed but Salah Mohsen fails to pounce after his poor attempt to dribble. 

15' Egypt make an unscripted substitution. Nasser Maher, who suffers a shoulder injury, makes way for Ammar Hamdi. 

14' Egypt defenders clear a low cross as Mali grow bolder. 

11' Egypt playmaker Nasser Maher receives treatment after an aerial challenge with an opponent. 

8' The first chance for Egypt! Ramadan Sobhi's attempted shot finds Salah Mohsen, whose free header is collected by the keeper. 

5' Egypt are trying to create theri first goal-scoring chance early on. 

2' The first corner for Egypt is cleared by the Mali defence. 

The match is underway

Egypt's line-up for Mali clash:

Mohamed Sobhi, Osama Galal, Ahmed Ramadan, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, Akram Tawfiq, Karim Al-Iraqi, Ramadan Sobhi, Naser Maher, Salah Mohsen, Mostafa Mohamed.

16:00 A few months ago, Egypt also hosted the Nations Cup for senior teams, with the Pharaohs suffering an embarrassing last-16 exit at the hands of South Africa after a below-par campaign.

15:00 Egypt are playing in Group A along with Cameroon, Ghana and Mali.

13:30 Egypt haven't been able to book an Olympics spot since their convincing appearance seven years ago in London, when they bowed out in the quarter-finals following a 3-0 defeat by Japan at the Old Trafford.

11:30 Hosts Egypt will be looking to reach the Olympic Games for the first time since 2012 when they begin their U23 African Nations Cup campaign on home soil on Friday.

Venue: Cairo Stadium

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