RELIVE: Egypt v South Africa (2019 Africa Cup of Nations)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Saturday's match between Egypt and South Africa in the 2019 African Nations Cup Round of 16

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jul 2019,
Egypt v South Africa
Egypt's Mohamed Salah in action with South Africa's Dean Furman (Phtoo: REUTERS)

Full time: Egypt 0-1 South Africa

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt suffer a shock elimination from the last 16 

90+3' El-Shennawi pulls off a great save to deny a certain goal from South Africa! 

90+1' South Africa make a double substitution to waste time in the dying minutes. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time, can Egypt equalise? 

89' Egypt are paying the price of another sluggish performance. 

85' Lorch scores what could be a decisive goal after finishing off a counter attack, running onto a pass from Mothiba to drill a low shot past advancing keeper El-Shennawi. 

85' Goal for South Africa!! 

83' Egypt make their third substitution. Ahly winger Walid Soliman replaces central midfielder Mohamed Elneny. 

83' Salah is finding it difficult to make his trademark marauding runs down the right flank. He is closely marked. 

79' South Africa's Zungu receives a yellow card for a foul on Amr Warda. 

76' Although the stadium is at full capacity, the more than 70,000 fans are hardly cheering for the Egyptian national team! 

72' A swift and neat South African interchange releases Lorch, who could only shoot into El-Shennawi's hands with the goal at his mercy!  

70' A chance for South Africa! Defender Thulani Hlatshwayo outjumps his marker to head just wide from a free kick.

68' Left-back Ayman Ashraf is booked for a wild foul on Kamohelo Mokotjo.

67' Egypt gain more possession but South Africa are still holding firm. 

64' Egypt make their second substitution. Amr Warda, the subject of much controversy recently, replaces Abdallah El-Said. 

63' South Africa defender Mkhwanazi's header back to his keeper almost catches out the shot-stopper, who pushes it out for a corner. 

60' Hilanti's poor long-range free kick flies high over. 

57' Trezeguet spurns another golden chance!! A brilliant threaded pass from Salah slices open the defence and finds the Turkish-based winger, who once again sends a weak first-timer into the keeper's hands! 

57' A shot from Egypt striker Ahmed Ali goes high over. 

56' Even Salah is finding it difficult to create spaces for himself! 

53' The early stages of the second half are calmer compared to the first period. 

50' A cross from Elmohamady goes begging. Egypt need to up their game to avoid any shocks tonight! 

47' Elneny tries his luck from distance but his shot goes high over the crossbar. 

46' Egypt make their first substitution, striker Ahmed Ali replaces Marwan Mohsen, who was once again ineffective. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' Salah takes a free kick in more hope than expectation, firing a shot from a difficult angle that goes wide of the post. 

44' South Africa's Hilanti receives a yellow card for a reckless foul on Salah. 

42' South Africa are so far striking a good balance between defence and attack, shackling Egypt. 

39' El-Shennawi rushes out in a timely manner to prevent a near-certain goal after a through pass from Tau breaches the defence and goes into the path of Lorch.

36' A chance for South Africa! Kamohelo Mokotjo's low shot narrowly misses the target. 

35' South Africa appeal for a penalty as a shot is blocked by Ayman Ashraf on the left hand side of the area. 

32' It's an evenly-balanced game so far; both sides look lively! 

29' At the other end, Thembinkosi Lorch shoots wide from inside the area after a superb dummy from Tau. 

28' Trezeguet is denied by a last-ditch tackle from a defender as he races goalwards. Egypt are gradually improving. 

24' Egypt squander the first clear-cut chance! A counter attack sees Salah charge goalwards before slipping a pass to the unmarked Trezeguet, who astonishingly sends a weak shot into the keeper's hands from a good position. 

23' El-Shennawi pushes away another cross at the far post as South Africa mount pressure. 

22' A goal-scoring chance for South Africa! Tau's brilliant left-foot free kick is tipped over the crossbar by El-Shennawi. 

21' Some neat interplay from South Africa now as they grow bolder. 

19' The Pharaohs are yet to create openings as South Africa look comfortable at the back. 

18' Egypt's passes are still inaccurate in the final third. 

15' A half-chance for South Africa! Tau runs unopposed and lets fly from just ousdie the area but El-Shennawi saves his shot. 

14' Salah tries to release Abdallah El-Said with a smart pass over the defence but he over-hits it and it goes out for a goal kick. 

10' Egypt defensive midfielder Tarek hamed makes a superb sliding tackle to rob South Africa's Lebo Mothiba as he runs towards the area. 

9' South Africa adopt conservative tactics to contain Egypt's attack in the early stages. 

7' Trezeguet skips past a couple of challengers near the byline but dallies on the ball and the defence eventually robs him. 

4' The first chance for Egypt! Salah pounces on a poor defensive clearance to hit a low shot that goes just wide from inside the area. 

4' At the other end, a shot from Percy Tau goes over the crossbar. 

3' Egypt striker Mohsen turns and shoots from outside the area but his tame effort is collected by the keeper. 

1' South Africa launch a counter attack in the first minute but a cross-cum-shot is collected by Egypt keeper El-Shennawi. The Pharaohs will have to be cautious when they push forward. 

The match is underway

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

South Africa's starting line-up: Ronwen Williams, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sifiso Hlanti, Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Thembinkosi Lorch, Lebo Mothiba, Percy Tau

20:45 Only 15 minutes remaining before kick-off and the sell-out crowd at Cairo Stadium are already cheering for their favourite stars. 

19:30 Egypt coach Aguirre sticks to a familiar line-up, with Marwan Mohsen spearheading the attack. 

18:30 Mohamed Salah needs to score tonight to go level on three goals with current top scorer Sadio Mane, his teammate at Liverpool. 

17:30 Egypt famously defeated South Africa 2-0 in the 1998 Nations Cup final. Two years earlier, Egypt also beat hosts South Africa in the group stage but the latter went on to win the tournament. 

16:15 Egypt's defender Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamdi is fit for tonight's match against South Africa despite his recent injury, the team's doctor revealed on Saturday. Zamalek player El-Wensh’s appearance was in doubt after he bruised his ankle on Friday night.

15:50 Egypt's last competitive games against South Africa were in the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers, with the Bafana Bafana defeating them 1-0 at home before holding them to a 0-0 draw on the road.

15:30 South Africa reached the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed sides, having collected three points in Group D, with Morocco and Cote d'voire occupying the first two spots.

15:00 "It's very important that we know how to handle this situation."

15:00 "All the players have the same idea when they play against Egypt -- that they have nothing to lose. That's the way they play against us -- we are playing at home, we are the favourites, we have Salah, and they have nothing to lose.

14:45 "We have scored goals in 10 of the 11 matches since I have been in charge It's very difficult to win each match 5-0, very difficult," the Mexican told a news conference on Friday.

14:45 But Aguirre dismissed criticism of his side, saying they have the sufficient firepower to slice open opposing backlines.

14:00 They also showed signs of defensive weaknesses despite keeping a clean sheet in the three games, raising alarm bells as to whether they are capable of clinching a record-extending eight title.

13:15 However, the manner of their victories over unfancied opponents Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda was unimpressive to say the least, with Egypt often struggling to create openings.

12:20 On paper, the Pharaohs advanced to the knockout stage in emphatic fashion, chalking up three wins, scoring five goals and conceding none to top Group A with maximum nine points.

12:00 The title credentials of hosts Egypt will be put to their first real test when they meet South Africa in the African Cup of Nations last 16 on Saturday, with coach Javier Aguirre determined to silence doubters.


Stay tuned game will start at 9:00 pm Cairo time (GMT+2)

Venue: Cairo Stadium 

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