Egypt's player ratings vs Ghana: Gabr keeps Ghana's stars in check

Check how each Egypt player fared in a 1-0 win over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations clash on Wednesday

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Jan 2017,
Egypt's defender Ali Gabr (C) heads the ball between Ghana's forward Jordan Ayew (L) and Ghana's midfielder Samuel Tetteh (R) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt and Ghana in Port-Gentil on January 25, 2017 AFP

Essam Hadary (7.5): Despite being 44 years old, Hadary has once again shown great agility and produced superb reflex saves to keep a clean sheet for the third game in a row. He got out of his goal to punch away a couple of crosses that could have been dangerous. In the second half, he made two good saves to deny two long-range shots from Emmanuel Badu and Jordan Ayew.

Ahmed Elmohamady (7.5): Elmo gave an assured performance in his first game at the Gabon finals. His confident approach saw him nutmeg Harrison Afful and Andrew Ayew and he also managed to secure the right flank against Samuel Tetteh.

Ali Gabr (8): The towering central defender won almost all aerial challenges as he has always done so far in the tournament. He also made a great tackle to thwart what could have been a goal-scoring chance for Jordan Ayew.

Ahmed Hegazy (7.5): Winning the Man of the Match award, Hegazy was at the heart of a solid defence that contained a star-studded Black Stars line-up boasting the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Andre and Jordan Ayew and Christian Atsu. He has closely marked Gyan and made sure the UAE-based striker did not have any chance to threaten Hadary until he was substituted on 41 minutes after sustaining an injury. 

Ahmad Fathi (7.5): The natural right-back was deployed on the left to cover for the injured Mohamed Abdel-Shafi. He was his typical energetic self, demonstrating a trademark strength and keeping Christian Atsu and Emmanuel Badu in check. However, he made no runs forward and did not whip in any crosses.  

Mohamed Elneny (7): The central midfielder upped his game after lackluster performances during the past two games. He covered acres of space to support the defence and take part in build-up play from deep. He tried his luck from distance on three occasions but his shots from outside the area missed the target.

Tarek Hamed (7): Playing deep in front of the backline, Hamed provided the needed assistance to defenders to close down spaces at the back. He avoided any rash challenges that could have cost him another yellow card. However, the accuracy of his passes still needs to be improved as well as his attacking contribution.

Abdallah El-Said (7.5): He once again orchestrated Egypt's attacking attempts through his passes and vision. He was also committed to his defensive duties to counter and cut shot Ghana's build-up. El-Said earned the free kick from which Salah fired the winner after intercepting the ball and skipping past John Boye.

Mahmoud Trezeguet (8): The 22-year-old was tireless as usual. His stamina and energy allowed him to make repeated darting runs upfront, and he also helped left-back Fathi in defence. 

Mohamed Salah (7.5): After creating the only goal against Uganda, he turned to scorer against Ghana. He fired a sublime free kick in the 10th minute that went into the top corner to lead Egypt to a quarter-final place as Group D winners. He made several runs on the right flank and kept left-back Samuel Affum on his toes throughout the 90 minutes. However, he didn't make any other attempt on goal.

Marwan Mohsen (6.5): Egypt's main striker failed to score a goal in three matches. He had a great opportunity to open his account though as he intercepted a poor pass from Ghana keeper Razak Brimah but his looping effort went over the bar with the goal gaping. 

Mahmoud Kahraba (6.5): Coming on as a second-half substitute, replacing Mohsen, he injected zeal upfront but fell in the offside trap more than once and could only touch the ball a few times as Egypt sat back to defend their slender advantage in the latter stages. 

Amr Warda (6.5): Warda was introduced in the 75th minute to add much-needed energy, replacing the exhausted Abdallah El-Said. However, he barely made an impact and drifted back too often to help the defence.  

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