RELIVE: Egypt v Niger (Friendly match)

Ahram Online , Friday 23 Sep 2022

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's friendly match between Egypt and Niger in Alexandria

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Liverpool Egyptian star Mohamed Salah (L) and Trabzonspor s winger Mahmoud Trezeguet Hassan (R). Photo from EFA facebook page

Full time: Egypt 3-0 Niger
Scorers: Mohamed Salah 43, 67 pen, Mostafa Mohamed 55

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt mark Rui Vitoria's debut with a 3-0 win over Niger. Thanks for following our live updates! 

89' A cross from Salah is cleared just before it finds lone striker Kouka. 

86' In a rare Niger effort, a shot from winger Amadou Moutari from the edge of the area goes over the bar. 

85' Trezeguet just fails to get on the end of a delightful through pass from the lively Ashour. 

79' The second-half substitutions energised Egypt's display, especially Emam Ashour, who is pulling strings in midfield. 

74' Egypt make two substitutions. Turkey-based striker Ahmed Kouka replaces Mostafa Mohamed, scorer of Egypt's second goal, and Trabzonspor winger Mahmoud Trezeguet replaces Wolfsburg's Omar Marmoush.  

71' An angled free-kick from Salah goes high over. 

68' Egypt make a double substitution. Zamalek's left-back Ahmed Fattouh replaces Mohamed Hamdi and Ahly midfielder Hamdi Fathi replaces Tarek Hamed. 

67' Salah's well-taken penalty leaves the keeper with no chance to extend Egypt's lead. 

67' GOOOOOAL FOR EGYPT!!!

65' Egypt are awarded a penalty!! Defender Karim Doudou is penalised for a handball. 

60' Egypt are more vibrant in the second half as they lay siege to Niger's area. 

55' Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed doubles Egypt's lead in style! He runs onto a superb upfield pass from substitute Ashour to break the offside trap and dink the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net.

55' GOOOOOAL FOR EGYPT!!!

54' Niger's Victorien Adebayor is booked for a reckless challenge on Emam Ashour.

53' A chance for Egypt! A header from Mostafa Mohamed following a corner is cleared off the line. 

52' Salah finds Marmoush with a deft pass but the Wolfsburg man's cross is cleared by the defence. 

50' Mahmoud Hamada tries his luck but his shot goes over the bar.

46' Vitoria makes a double substitution. Central defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim replaces Mahmoud El-Wensh and Zamalek midfielder Emam Ashour replaces club teammate Ahmed Zizo. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

43' Salah puts Egypt ahead with a fine effort! He leaves a defender on the ground with a superb faint following a low cross from Omar Marmoush before drilling into the far bottom corner with his left foot. 

43' GOOOOOAL FOR EGYPT!!!

41' Egypt's front three are well shackled by Niger's steadfast backline. 

36' Egypt midfielder Mahmoud Hamada makes a timely interception to head away a Niger cross following a breakaway from the visitors.

32' A chance for Egypt! A cross from left-back Mohamed Hamdi eludes the keeper but Salah's header at the far post misses an open net. 

30' Egypt dominate possession but Niger's defence is largely untroubled. 

25' Winger Omar Marmoush fires a powerful, angled shot from the edge of the area but it goes over the bar. 

22' Egypt remain toothless upfront, midway through the first half.

18' In a rare foray forward for Niger, an audacious, angled low shot from Daniel Sosah is saved by Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi. 

16' A right-wing cross from Salah goes begging! 

13' Egypt are mainly relying on a Omar Gaber-Salah combination down the right flank to unluck the visitors' defence.  

9' Niger also threaten at the other end! A bold move from Victorien Adebayor sees him cut inside from the right and fire a curling shot that goes just over the bar. 

8' The first chance for Egypt! Salah just fails to get on the end of a threaded pass even though keeper mis-judges it. 

5' Egypt push forward in the early stages to score an early goal, but they are yet to carve out openings. 

2' In Egypt's first effort, Salah lays off the ball to Ahmed Zizo, whose low shot from inside the area is blocked by the defence. 

The match is underway 

Egypt’s starting lineup:

Mohamed El-Shennawi, Omar Gaber, Ahmed Hegazi, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mohamed Hamdi, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Hamada, Ahmed Zizo, Omar Marmoush, Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed

19:00 Ittihad Jeddah's Tarek Hamed partners uncapped player Mahmoud Hamada, who plays for Pharco, in the heart of Egypt's midfield. Zamalek's Mahmoud El-Wensh and Ittihad Jeddah's Ahmed Hegazi are deployed as a central defenders. 

18:30 Vitoria fields Nantes frontman Mostafa Mohamed as a lone striker, supported by three attacking midfielders in Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Zizo and Omar Marmoush. 

17:30 Several uncapped players are named in Egypt's squad, including Pharco FC midfielder Mahmoud Hamada, Ahly's full-back Karim Fouad and Pyramids defender Osama Galal.

15:00 Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will spearhead Egypt's attack, with Nantes frontman Mostafa Mohamed likely to occupy the lone striker role.

13:00 The Pharaohs will face Liberia on Tuesday before meeting Belgium in a high-profile friendly in November, a few days before the World Cup gets underway.

12:00 Egypt won't play any competitive games this year but newly appointed Portuguese coach Rui Vitoria will have a chance to assess his squad in three friendly matches starting from the game against Niger.

Venue: Alexandria Stadium

Referee: Sadeq El-Salmi (Tunisia)

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