RELIVE: Comoros v Egypt (2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers)

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Nov 2019

Ahram Online is providing a live coverage of Monday's game between Comoros and Egypt in the 2nd round of the 2021 African Nations Cup group stage qualifiers

Kenya's Ayub Timbe Masika in action with Egypt's Ahmed Hegazy (Photo: Reuters)

Full time: Comoros 0-0 Egypt

Match report

Line ups:
Comoros: Ali Ahamada, Abdallah Ali Mohamed, Kassim M'Dahoma, Nadjim Abdou, Chaker Alhadhur, Saïd Bakari (Youssef Benjalloud 84), Fouad Bachirou, Youssouf M'Changama, Faïz Sel (Ibrahim Youssef 90), Nordine Ibouroi (Mohamed Youssef 73), El Fardou Ben

Egypt: Mohamed El Shennawi – Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Hegazi, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Hani- Amr El-Sulaya, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi (Hussein El-Shahat 46), Ahmed "Zizo" El Sayed (Marwan Hamdy 75), Mahmoud Kahraba (Abdalah Gomaa 90).



90+5 End of match

90+4 A yellow card for El-Sulaya

90' last sub for Comoros .. Ibrahim Youssef replaces Faïz Sel

90' Referee shows 5 minutes of injury time

90' Third sub for the Egyptians.. Abdalah Gomaa replaces Kahraba

88' Egypt players keep a tightened defence in the dyeing minutes

85' Match is susbended after an injury for Egypt's Trezeguet

84' Second sub for Comoros.. Benjalloud replaces Bakari

82' A yellow card for Egypt's El-Shahat.. The third card for the Pharaohs today

80' Shenawi on target again.. The Egypt keeper saves a new strong shot 

76' Match is suspended for another short rest

75' The second sub for Egypt.. Marwan Hamdy replaces Zizo

73' The first sub for the hosts.. Mohamed Youssef replaces Nordine Ibouroi

70' Intensive attacks from Comoros players amid huge effort from Egypt defenders to keep their net clean

69' Keeper Shenawi saves a certain goal for Comoros after blocking the ball Saïd Bakari

65' After a perfect pass from El-Shahat, Trezeguet goes clear in the area, but misses a certain chance to score for Egypt.. What a bad luck for the Pharaohs !!

62' Unlike the first halfKahraba plays now as a winger as Trezeguet leads the attack besides El-Shahat

56' A yellow card for Nadjim Abdou

55' Egypt players try to do something, while the upper hand goes for Comoros

52' A dangerous chance for the hosts but Tarek hamed clears the ball perfectly

48' A Yellow card for Comoros player Fouad Bachirou

46' First substitution for Egypt, winger Hussein El-Shahat replaces Afsha as El-Badry hopes to get the upper hand early after the break

46' Second half is underway.

45' Half time

45' Egypt players need more harmony in their movments, passes to impose more threat

42' A rare chance for Egypt.. Afsha tries to hit the net from inside the box, but in vain

37' Another chance for Comoros but the ball goes away.. Les Coelacantes are keeping their pressure.

33' Match is suspended by the referee for a short rest to allow players to drink water due to the hot weather

32' Comoros players are in full control of the game

27' A yellow card for Egypt's Ayman Ashraf after harshly blocking Comoros midfielder

25' Match is suspended after a collision between Egypt's Tarek Hamed and Comoros player Youssouf M'Changama

19' Successive attacks from the hosts.. Comoros takes control of the midfield

18' A chance for Comoros, but Egypt's keeper Shenawi easily saved his net

16' Egypt players intensify their attempts to reach the goal amid a tightened defence from the hosts

11' A free kick from inside the box.. Trezeguet struck a strong shot, but Comoros defender blocked the ball

10' Kahraba recives a yellow card

8' A real chance for Egypt.. Active attacker Kahraba sends a strong shot but the ball was denied by the par

3' A strong start from both sides, Egypt players dominate the ball 

0' Match is underway

14:45 Comoros haven't been defeated at home since losing 1-0 to Burkina Faso in June 2016. Last year, they held giants Cameroon and Morocco to home draws.

14:30 Players of both teams are warming up

14:25 Egypt made 24 appearances at the African Cup of Nations so far, while Comoros are seeking their first ever appearance at the prestigious tournament

14:15 The Pharaohs task to bag all three points will not be easy as Comoros kicked off their qualifying campaign with a bang, defeating Togo 1-0 to go on top of Group G.

13:55 Coach El-Badry made three major changes in his starting line up; introducing Hani, Ashraf and Zizo instead of Ahmed Fathi, Abdalla Gomaa and Hussein El-Shahat respectively

13:50 Egypt's starting line up:
Mohamed El Shennawi – Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Hegazi, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Hani- Amr El-Sulaya, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Ahmed "Zizo" El Sayed, Mahmoud Kahraba.

13:45 Egypt's qualification for the 2021 Cameroon finals would no longer be deemed a formality if they stumble against Comoros away from home

13:15 Right-back Ahmed Fathi, left-back Abdalla Gomaa and winger Hussein El-Shahat, who all appeared against Kenya, will reportedly miss Monday's match for technical reasons 

13:00 "We dropped two points but there is still a long way to go," coach Hossam El-Badry said after the draw with Kenya.
"The players were not physically fit due to the lengthy break of the Egyptian Premier League but I'm sure we will improve in the coming period."
12:55 After some criticism over the team's performance in the opening match against Kenya last week, team director Mohamed Barakat said that coach Hossam El-Badry is considering making some changes in his starting line up when they take on Comoros.
12:45 Today's match is the first ever confrontation between both sides
12:30 Another source of creativity, winger Ramadan Sobhi, also remains absent as he takes part in the U23 Nations Cup with Egypt's Olympic side, with the senior team also lacking an out-and-out striker due to the injury of Portugal-based Ahmed Kouka and Masry's Ahmed Gomaa.

12:15 The Pharaohs struggled to break down Kenya, lacking spark and imagination without talisman Mohamed Salah, who will also be absent against Comoros as he nurses an ankle injury he picked up in Liverpool's 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester City.

11:45 However, a lethargic opening display in a 1-1 draw against Kenya last week in Alexandria raised alarm bells, casting doubts over Egypt's ability to claim what were expected to be straightforward victories.

11:15 On paper, the record seven-time African champions were expected to easily top the group from the day the draw was made after they were paired with Kenya, Comoros and Togo.

11:00 Egypt would find themselves in an unlikely embarrassing situation should they fail to overcome minnows Comoros in Monday's African Cup of Nations qualifier, having been held to a shock opening draw with Kenya.

Venue: Malouzini Stadium

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