RELIVE: Egypt v Morocco (2021 Africa Cup of Nations)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday’s match between Egypt and Morocco in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Jan 2022,
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Egypt s forward Mostafa Mohamed (C) fights for the ball with Morocco s midfielder Selim Amallah (R) and Morocco s defender Adam Masina (L) during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 quarter-final football match between Egypt and Morocco at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 30, 2022. AFP

Full time: Egypt 2-1 Morocco
Scorers: Mohamed Salah 53, Mahmoud Trezeguet 100/ 
Sofiane Boufal 6 pen

It's over! Egypt are through to the Nations Cup semi-final with a 2-1 victory over Morocco. Thanks for following our live updates.

120+2' What a chance for Egypt!! Bonu goes upfield for a Moroccan free kick and Egypt steal possession. Ramadan Sobhi tries to find the empty net from almost the halfway line but it rolls slowly and Salah barely catches it to hit the ball into the side netting. 

120' Morocco are awarded a dangerous free-kick on the right and Queiroz is booked for dissent! 

119' Adam Masina fires a shot high over as Egypt remain steadfast at the back. 

115' Zakaria Aboukhlal skip past Trezeguet near the byline but he over-hits his touch and it goes out for a goal kick. 

112' A chance for Egypt! Zizo cuts inside and hits a left-foot shot that goes over the crossbar after a pass from Salah. 

111' Sofyan Amrabat fires a shot high over from distance. 

110' Egypt make a substitution. The disappointing Mostafa Mohamed makes way for Pyramids FC winger Ramadan Sobhi. 

109' Egypt are defending in numbers to protect their slender advantage. 

106' Egypt's strategy to contain the dangerous Hakimi is highly successful so far! 


The second half of extra time is underway

The referee blows his whistle to end the first half of extra time 

105' Hakimi blasts his free-kick high over.

105' Egypt defender Abdel-Moneim is booked for a foul on Rahimi on the edge of the area. 

105' Mostafa Mohamed sends a poor shot high over. He is totally out of form tonight! 

104' Morocco make a substitution. Zakaria Aboukhlal replaces Aymen Barkok.

104' Morocco are now expected to pour forward en masse. Egypt can take advantage of the gaps they are expected to leave at the back! 

100' Egypt go ahead in superb fashion! Zizo releases Salah down the right with a superb pass and the Liverpool man gets the better of Naif Aguerd before sending the ball across the six-yard box for Trezeguet to slot home into an empty net at the far post. 

100' GOOOOOOOOAL FOR EGYPT!!!

99' Salah runs onto a flick from Mostafa Mohamed but Bounou rushes out to thwart him. The Sevilla keeper is fouled by Salah. 

95' Egypt make a substitution after another stroke of bad luck. Keeper Abou-Gabal, himself a replacement for Mohamed El-Shennawi, is replaced for third-choice guardian Mohamed Sobhi. 

94' Munir El Haddadi fires a shot that goes just over the bar after Mostafa Mohamed gives away possession near the area. Morocco are better in the early stages of the extra time. 

93' Romain Saiss' header from the resulting corner goes out. 

92' Egypt defence clears a dangerous Moroccan free-kick.

91' Egypt make a third substitution. Defender Mahmoud Alaa replaces Ayman Ashraf, who had a yellow card to his name. 

The first half of extra time is underway 

The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to extra time

90+3' Elneny makes a superb tackle to deny Ryan Mmaee after the latter makes a jinking run into the area. 

90+1' Abou-Gabal remains in pain but he refuses to be taken off in a bizarre scene! 

90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time. 

88' Abou-Gabal carries on but he looks in pain! 

86' Morocco make a double substitution. Imran Louza replaces Selim Amallah and Ryan Mmaee replaces Youssef En-Nesyri.

85' It looks as though keeper Abou-Gabal would be replaced! Mohamed Sobhi, the third-choice goalie, is getting ready to step in. 

81' Morocco almost go ahead!! Egypt keeper Abou-Gabal tips a goal-bound header from Naif Aguerd onto the bar following a floated free-kick. 

80' Egypt make a substitution. Winger Ahmed Zizo replaces Omar Marmoush. 

80' Ayman Ashraf also receives a yellow card for a needless foul on Munir El Haddadi.

78' Egypt's Mostafa Mohamed and Morocco's Hakimi are both booked for their part in the confrontation. 

76' The players engage in an ugly confrontation near the touchline! 

76' Egypt keeper Abou-Gabal pulls off a fine save to push away an angled free kick. 

74' Egypt call for a VAR review for an apparent elbow on defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim. The referee sees no merit in the protests. 

71' Egypt remain in control but clear-cut chances are scarce. 

67' Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri just gets on the end of a through ball but it goes out for a goal kick. 

66' Morocco make a substitution. Sofiane Boufal, who scored the opener, makes way for Soufiane Rahimi.

65' Egypt's defence gives away possession but a tame shot from Youssef En-Nesyri is easily collected by keeper Abou-Gabal. 

64' A header from Morocco defender Naif Aguerd goes over the bar following a floated free-kick. 

62' What a chance for Egypt! Omar Marmoush breaks clear following a threaded pass but he dithers on the ball and a last-ditch interception from Romain Saiss denies him just before he shoots!

61' Egypt defenders are closely marking Boufal, Morocco's primary source of creativity.

58' Ayman Ashraf clears a cross from the lively Hakimi. 

56' Egypt are attacking at electric pace in the second half as Morocco are pegged back. 

53' Salah gives Egypt a deserved equaliser! He fires home on the rebound after a header by defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim is parried by Bounou into his path. It's the Liverpool man's second goal of the tournament after he also netted against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage. 

53' GOOOOOOOOAL FOR EGYPT!!!

50' Morocco defender Naif Aguerd steals ahead of Mostafa Mohamed to clear a dangerous cross from Egypt's left-back Ahmed Fattouh. 

49' A chance for Egypt! Trezeguet is found by a short pass from Salah and his half-volley goes just wide from inside the area. 

48' Two successive crosses are cleared by the Moroccan defence as Egypt push forward in the early stages of the second half.

46' Egypt make their first substitution. Injured defender Hegazi makes way for Aston Villa midfielder Mahmoud Trezeguet. Ashraf will now drop back to the center of defence, with Trezeguet taking his place in midfield. 


The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

44' Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi receives treatment after a tussle with Boufal. 

42' Egypt's lone striker Mostafa Mohamed is, once again, a peripheral figure! 

38' Morocco are cautious after going ahead, closing down spaces at the back and relying on breakaways. 

35' A fine exchange of passes sees Marmoush whips in a cross but Morocco's defence clears it. 

34' Morocco's Selim Amallah is booked for a foul on Omar Kamal. 

33' Hakimi's ensuing free-kick narrowly misses the target! 

30' Morocco are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and Egypt's Elneny, who committed the foul, is furious! 

29' Egypt have the lion's share of possession as they pour forward in search of an equaliser. 

25' Egypt's right-back Omar Kamal receives a yellow card for a foul on Boufal.

25' Another powerful, long-range shot is blocked by Bounou!

22' Mostafa Mohamed fires a shot wide from distance. Egypt gradually improve! 

20' A powerful shot from Ayman Ashraf stings the palm of Morocco keeper Yassine Bounou for Egypt's first effort. 

18' Salah's swerving corner goes out for a goal kick! 

18' A free-kick frm Omar Marmoush strikes the Moroccan defensive wall and goes out for a corner. 

15' Egypt midfielder El-Sulaya receives treatment after being fouled. 

14' Egypt are yet to find their feet after a slow start. 

11' A low shot from Morocco's Selim Amallah deflects off a defender and goes out for a corner. 

10' Egypt are taking aback by Morocco's early opener. Can they find a response? 

9' A corner from Mohamed Salah is pushed away by Morocco keeper Yassine Bounou

6' Boufal sends keeper Abou-Gabal the wrong way from the spot as Morocco go ahead.

6' Goal for Morocco! 

5' Morocco are awarded a penalty as Ashraf is penalised for a foul on Hakimi! 

5' The referee is checking a video replay! 

3' Morocco's Achraf Hakimi skips past a couple of challengers and falls under a challenge from Ayman Ashraf, with Morocco's players demanding a penalty. 

2' Mostafa Mohamed is fouled just in Morocco's half as Egypt make their first foray forward. 

The match is underway

 

16:30 Queiroz made two changes to his formation bringing in Ayman Ashraf and Mohamed Abo Gabal instead of injured duo Hamdi Fathi Mohamed El Shennawi. Ashraf, a natural fullback, will provide an extra cover for left back Aboul Fotouh to counter Achraf Hakimi.

16:20 Players are warming up now

15:50 Starting lineups:

Egypt: Mohamed El Shenawy, Ahmed Hegazy, Ayman Ashraf, Omar Kamal, Ahmed Abou El Fotouh, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Amr El Soleya, Mohamed Elneny, Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed, Omar Marmoush

Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss, Nayef Aguerd, Adam Masina, Sofyan Amrabat, Ayman Barkok, Selim Amallah, Munir El-Haddadi, Youssef En Nesyri, Sofiane Boufal

15:30 "Lads, an outstanding team performance, rewarded with a deserved win. I can't be more proud of you. Now another game ahead, with another challenge for us to grow up and be better and better," Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz said after passing Cote d'Ivoire in round of 16.

15:15 The record seven-time African champions Egypt are seeking their first African Cup of Nations title since 2010, while rivals Morocco seek their second ever AFCON title after their sole one secured in 1976.

15:00 “The game will be like a tactical war. Egypt is an experienced team. Our attacking line suffered from some problems in the previous games, but I am confident that we will recover and become more effective as mistakes are not allowed in Sunday’s match,” the Bosnian coach said in the pre-match press conference on Saturday.

“Salah is a talented player but we have players who can stop him and halt his danger on the field,” the coach added about the Liverpool star winger.

“I will put the best plan and tactics to win and please all Moroccan fans,” he concluded.

14:00 In the pre-match press conference on Saturday, Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic said that his team is ready for the ‘tactical game’ against Egypt, insisting that the Atlas Lions are capable of stopping the danger of the Pharaohs’ talented skipper Mohamed Salah.

12:00 Egypt had a big history of games with Morocco as the two sides met 29 times; the Pharaohs claimed only 3 victories while Morocco snatched 14 victories and they drew in 12 games.

11:30 The North African rivals will meet in the quarter-final clash at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroonian capital Yaounde on Sunday, five years after meeting at the same stage in the Gabon edition. Back then, Egypt snatched a 1-0 victory to lay Moroccan ghosts to rest, albeit after surviving a barrage of attacks from their slick opponents. The late smash-and-grab victory was Egypt's first over Morocco in 31 years.

11:00 It's rather a straightforward task for Egypt: nullify Morocco's attacking threat to stand a good chance of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations semis.
 
Venue: Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo (Yaoundé)

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