RELIVE: Egypt v DR Congo (2019 Africa Cup of Nations)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Wednesday's match between Egypt and DR Congo in the 2019 African Nations Cup Group A

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Jun 2019,
Egypt v DR Congo
DR Congo's forward Jonathan Bolingi (L) fights for the ball with Egypt's forward Marwan Mohsen (Photo: AFP)

Full time: Egypt 2-0 DR Congo

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt through to the last 16 with a 2-0 win 

90+2' A goal-scoring chance for DR Congo! Bakambu diverts a shot from close range but it goes over the bar. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

88' Salah runs half the length of the pitch after a pass from Tarek Hamed but two defenders closes him down in the area. 

87' Aly Ghazal is also booked! 

84' Egypt make their third substitution. Aly Ghazal replaces Trezeguet, Egypt's best perofmer of the night. 

83' A low free-kick from Yannick Bolasie goes just wide of the post. 

81' Egypt defender Mahmoud Alaa is booked for upending Bakambu, who was about to break clear. 

79' Egypt's progress is now all but assured, but there will still be many question marks over the team's form. 

74' Another tame low shot from Bakambu is collected by El-Shennawi. 

71' DR Congo repeatedly resort to some ineffective long-range shots. 

68' Mohamed Elneny receives a yellow card for a wild two-footed lunge. He is lucky to escape a red! 

68' Egypt make a second substitution. Winger Walid Soliman replaces Abdallah El-Said. 

67' Kouka misses a chance for Egypt! Salah slips a ball to him but his low shot hits the side netting. 

66' Bolingi misses the target with an angled shot. 

64' DR Congo make their second substitution. Yannick Bolasie replaces Merveille Bokadi.

63' Egypt are not breaking a sweat in the second half, leaving DR Congo to control possession. 

59' Egypt make their first substitution. Ineffective striker Marwan Mohsen makes way for Ahmed Kouka. 

58' Glody Ngonda is booked for a crude challenge on Abdallah El-Said. 

57' DR Congo launch repeated crosses from both flanks. 

54' At the other end, Mahmoud Alaa makes a superb sliding tackle to rob Bakambu in the area. 

53' Trezeguet runs onto a threaded pass from Salah but a defender clears the danger. 

49' A tame shot from substitute Elia is easily collected by Mohamed El-Shennawi. 

48' Egypt needs a creative spark in midfield to unlock the DR Congo defence more often. Abdallah El-Said is off-form tonight! 

46' DR Congo make their first substitution, Meschack Elia replaces Tresor Mputu.
The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds a minute of stoppage time. 

43' Salah makes it 2-0 after superb individual effort from Trezeguet, who nutmegs his challenger in his own half and runs half the length of the pitch before slipping a threaded pass to the Liverpool star, who finds the corner of the net with a precise left-foot shot despite being surrounded by two defenders. 


40' DR Congo are unlucky not to equalise! Cedric Bakambu's looping header comes off the post. 

38' A poor long ball from Elneny goes well beyond the reach of Salah, whose angry reaction sums up a below-par first hakf. 

36' A swift Egypt move ends with Abdallah El-Said's cross going out for a goal kick. 

33' At the other end, defender Marcel Tisserand just fails to get on the end of a floated free kick at the far post. 

31' Salah's free-kick is parried away by keeper Ley Matampi.

30' Merveille Bokadi is booked for a foul on Trezeguet. 

28' DR Congo could now abandon their cautious approach, with Egypt likely to take advantage of any gaps to increase their lead. 

25' Aston Villa right-back Ahmed Elmohamady gives Egypt the lead! his initial header strikes the arm of Christian Luyindama and falls to him again, as he controls it with his left foot and flicks it with his right into the corner of the net.  


23' Salah is still a peripheral figure as DR Congo's defenders mark him closely. 

19' Egypt take so much time in their build-up, with DR Congo pressing them high up the pitch. 

15' DR Congo's midfielders track back swiftly following any breakaway, closing down spaces as Egypt struggle to carve out openings. 

12' Both sides had one chance apiece in the first 10 minutes in an exciting opening. 

10' DR Congo almost take the lead!! a corner causes mayhem after being flicked on and Cedric Bakambu's close-range volley is denied by the bar. 

8' Egypt pour forward en masse but DR Congo look dangerous on breakaways. 

4' Mohamed Salah squanders a golden chance to put Egypt ahead! He runs onto a through pass and holds off his challenger, but his left-foot shot is deflected off a defender for a corner. 

3' A volley from Mputu is handled by Egypt keeper El-Shennawi. 

2' Trezeguet tries to skip past his challenger in the same way he did when he scored against Zimbabwe, but his effort is cut short. 

The match is underway 

Egypt's starting line-up:
Mohamed El-Shennawi, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Hegazi, Ayman Ashraf, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Marwan Mohsen 

Congo's starting line-up: Ley Matampi, Issama Mpeko, Ngonda Muzinga, Marcel Tisserand, Wilfred Moke, Nekadio Luyindama, Tresor Mputu, Bokadi Bope, Jacques Maghoma, Jonathan Bolingi, Cedric Bakambu

20:00 Egypt coach Aguirre sticks to the same line-up which he fielded in the 1-0 win over Zimbabwe. 

Cairo Stadium nears full capacity, with tens of thousands of supporters already in the stands as Uganda play Zimbabwe.  

16:20 "He is a very important player for the Egypt team, like Cedric Bakambu is for Dr Congo, but we also have other players who can score like what happened with Mahmoud Trezeguet against Zimbabwe."

16:15 "Salah works hard as part of the team and is very committed. He is not playing selfishly as some people say. There isn't any problem at all," Aguirre said.

15:45 Warda's omission comes just a few hours ahead of tonight's anticipated match against DR Congo.

15:45 Egypt winger Amr Warda has been excluded from the team's camp for the current African Cup of Nations for disciplinary reasons, the Egyptian Football Association (EF) revealed Wednesday's morning.

15:30 Salah's tame performance against Zimbabwe also had some questioning his tendency to shoot rather than feed the teammates who were in better positions.

15:00 One option could be deploying Mohamed Salah in the number nine role, although Egypt could sorely miss the Liverpool talisman's darting runs down the right flank.

14:30 Egypt's squad includes three out-and-out frontmen but none has proved reliable, with Ahly's Marwan Mohsen coming in for fierce criticism after failing to make his presence felt against Zimbabwe.

14:00 The Mexican will have a few questions to answer following the uninspiring opening display against Zimbabwe, the most pressing of which will be who to field as a lone striker.

13:30 "We play some good matches and the performance will be better in upcoming games," added Aguirre.

13:00 "I am not worried about the harmony between my players as it will increase by playing more matches," Egypt coach Javier Aguirre told a news conference.

12:15 With the best four third-placed sides also advancing to the knockout stage, Egypt's progress is all but assured. However, they are aware they need to up their game if they are to challenge for a record-extending eighth Nations Cup title.

11:45 The Pharaohs labored to a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe, thanks to a first-half goal from winger Mahmoud Trezeguet, but struggled for creativity in the final third before a sell-out crowd at their traditional venue.

11:00 Although they secured an opening Africa Cup of Nations win, Egypt will still be looking to produce a more convincing display when they meet DR Congo at Cairo's International Stadium on Wednesday.


Stay tuned as match is due to start at 22:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)


Venue: Cairo  Stadium

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