RELIVE: Egypt v Tunisia (African Cup of Nations qualifiers)

Ahram Online, Wednesday 10 Sep 2014

Ahram Online provided live coverage of Egypt's African Cup of Nations qualifier at home to Tunisia on Wednesday

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Egypt's national soccer team players (Photo: Reuters)

Full time: Egypt 0-1 Tunisia

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt's Nations Cup hopes are in tatters following another defeat 

90+3' Another counter attacks sees a low shot by Yassine Chikhaoui saved by Egypt guardian Sherif Ekramy. A second consecutive defeat for Egypt is imminent. 

90+2' Egypt are pushing forward without really threatening. Shikabala shoots on the turn but his weak effort is collected by Mathlouthi. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. Can Egypt equalise despite their poor showing? 

89' It seems there is crowd trouble in the stands. The sounds of tear gas can be heard. 

88' A breakaway ends with Tunisia's substitute Saber Khelifa blasting the ball wide from a tight angle. 

88' A tame header from Egypt defender Aly Ghazal is saved by the keeper. 

87' Tunisia make their second substitution. Houcine Nater replaces Wahbi Khazri.

86' Ahmed Okka is lucky to escape a second booking and a red card after a crude challenge on an opponent. 

85' The lively Shikabala whips in another cross from the right but Amr Gamal fails to control it at the back post. 

83' A cross by Egypt winger Hazem Emam is cleared by the defence. 

82' Tunisia look the more likely to score in the dying minutes!

81' Tunisia striker Ben Youssef, who scored the solitary goal, receives a yellow card. 

81' A curling but weak free-kick is saved by Ekramy. 

79' Tunisia are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after Aly Ghazal fouls his opponent. The visitors remain very dangerous on the break. 

78' Shikabala picks out Mohamed Salah with a superb long ball at the far post but a tame header by the Chelsea forward is easily collected by Mathlouthi. 

77' Ahmed Okka sends a poor shot wide. Egypt are failing to create any goal-scoring chances in a very poor second half. 

75' With 15 minutes remaining, Egypt should press forward to at least level the score. 

74' Ahmed Fathi is booked after shouting at the referee after a Tunisian player is awarded a free kick. 

72' Egypt make their final substitution. Central midfielder Elneny is replaced with winger Sporting winger Mahmoud Shikabala. 

69' A heated exchange erupts on the pitch after a Tunisian player is fouled. Veteran midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou attempts to calm down his Egypt teammates. 

68' Tunisia make their first substitution. Youssef Msakni is replaced with forward Saber Khelifa.

67' Tunisia squander a golden opportunity!! Ben Youssef skips past the poor Ghazal to break clear but his low shot strikes the post. Tunisia are outplaying the lacklustre Egyptians. 

65' Sherif Ekramy rushes out to clear the danger as Okka was about to be outpaced by Ben Youssef again. 

63' Egypt are even worse than the first half. They are failing to trouble the comfortable Tunisian backline. 

60' Msakni easily skips past Aly Ghazal on the right hand side of the penalty area but his attempted cross is collected by Ekramy. 

58' Hosni Abd-Rabou squanders a chance for Egypt! Koka lays off the ball to the Ismaily midfielder on the edge of the area but his poor low shot goes wide of the post. 

57' Egypt make their second substitution. Rio Ave striker Ahmed Koka replaces the ineffective Khaled Kamar. 

56' What a chance for Tunisia!! A flowing move sees Ben Youssef break clear to round Sherif Ekramy. However, he falls to the ground but the referee waves play on. 

54' Egypt's efforts remain tame. They sorely miss the presence of a creative playmaker.  

53' Central defender Aly Ghazal almost gives away possession on the edge of his own penalty area but defensive partner Okka intercepts to clear the ball. 

52' Egypt make a slow start to the second half. Coach Gharib may make another change soon to inject zeal. 

50' A Tunisian cross is headed wide by Bilel Mohsni.

48' Egypt have to at least secure a share of spoils to practically remain in the hunt for one of the two Group G tickets to next year's Nations Cup finals in Morocco. 

46' Tunisia have a shot from a tight angel that hits the side netting. 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle


45' The referee adds one minute of stoppage time. 

43' Tunisia are unlucky not to go two up! Ben Youssef controls a cross at the far post and feeds the onrushing Ali Maaloul, whose shot from inside the area goes just over after deflecting off a defender. 

42' Another corner from Egypt is cleared by the Tunisian defence. The Pharaohs are too wasteful tonight. 

40' What a chance for Egypt!! Hosni Abd-Rabou rises unmarked to meet an inch-perfect cross from Khaled Kamar but his inaccurate header goes wide with the goal at his mercy. 

37' Egypt make an early substitution. The disappointing Hossam Ghaly is replaced with veteran midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou. 

36' Another chance for Egypt!! A superb Abdel-Shafi cross finds Amr Gamal but a defensive interception denies him. 

33' Egypt remain profligate. They are also vulnerable to any fast-paced breakaway from Tunisia. 

31' Egypt are piling on pressure as Tunisia defend in numbers. 

29' The lively Mohamed Abdel-Shafi is released by a fine chipped pass from Mohamed Elneny down the left flank. Mohamed Salah controls his cross at the far post but his effort to pick out Khaled Kamar is not accurate as the ball goes out for a goal kick.  

27' A header by Amr Gamal is saved by Mathlouthi. Egypt are notably improving. 

26' Striker Khaled Kamar wastes a golden chance to level the score!! A superb flick-on from Amr Gamal following a long ball upfield releases the Zamalek man, who neatly controls it but his mis-hit shot goes poorly wide. 

24' Mohamed Salah fails to feed the overlapping Amr Gamal in a rare attacking attempt, with his over-hit pass going into the hands of Mathlouthi. 

24' Egypt's forwards are isolated upfront. Some wayward passes from the attacking midfielders are doing the team no good.

21' Hossam Ghaly sends a poor low shot into the safe hands of keeper Aymen Mathlouthi. He was too selfish indeed! 

20' Ali Maaloul's resulting free-kick goes over the crossbar. 

19' Egypt defender Ahmed Okka is booked for hauling down Ben Youssef on the edge of the area. 

18' Tunisia almost make it two!! Youssef Msakni is found unmkarked by a left-wing cross but his header goes across the six-yard box. 

16' Egypt make a very poor start to the match. The recurring defensive mistakes are haunting the Pharaohs again. 

14' Striker Fakhreddine Ben Youssef stuns the home crowd. He skips past the lethargic Ahmed Okka with a smart move to break clear and place a curling shot into the bottom corner after going one-on-one with Ekramy. 

14' GOAL FOR TUNISIA!

13' An Egypt corner is cleared by the Tunisian defence at the other end. 

12' Khazri tries his luck from a narrow angle but his low shot is collected by Sherif Ekramy. 

11' Wahbi Khazri's ensuing corner is also cleared. 

11' Tunisia float a free-kick into the area but the Egypt defence clears for a corner. 

9' Hossam Ghaly, who was below-par against Senegal, gives away possession in the centre of the field far too easily.

7' Tunisia's first corner is palmed away by Egypt keeper Sherif Ekramy. 

5' In Egypt's first foray forward, left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi feeds the overlapping Amr Gamal, who crosses the ball towards the far post but strike partner Khaled Kamar fails to connect with it. 

3' Egypt's early attempts are hindered by repeated mis-placed passes, especially in midfield. 

2' Egypt will be looking to mount early pressure and possibly score an early goal. 

The match is underway

20:55
Both sides are stepping onto the pitch for the customary pre-match national anthems. 

20:30 Thirty minutes remaining before kick-off. Egypt are desperate to avoid any slip-up that would jeopardize their hopes of reaching next year's Morocco finals. 

20:25 Tactically, it seems Gharib will revert to a 4-3-1-2 formation. He played with a three-man backline against Senegal but the defenders were repeatedly exposed, letting in two carbon-copy goals from Senegal's pacy forwards. 

20:15 Egypt coach Shawky Gharib makes three changes to the side that lost to Senegal. Right wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady makes way for Zamalek's Hazem Emam, Ismaily's central midfielder Shawky El-Said is replaced with left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi and striker Amr Gamal is introduced instead of playmaker Ahmed Hammoudi. 

20:10 Egypt's starting line-up: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Okka, Aly Ghazal, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Hazem Emam, Mohamed Elneny, Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Salah, Khaled Kamar, Amr Gamal.

20:00 One hour remaining before kick-off. We are still waiting for the announcement of Egypt's starting XI for the anticipated game. 

19:15 Tunisia will play with the following starting line-up: Aymen Mathlouthi, Rami Bedoui, Syam Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul, Bilel Mohsni, Hocine Ragued, Ferjani Sassi, Wahbi Khazri, Youssef Msakni, Yassine Chikhaoui, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. 
 
19:00 Egyptian supporters begin to enter the stadium amid tight security restrictions. Up to 15,000 fans are allowed to attend the match due to security concerns. 

18:30 Reports suggest that Ahly's striker Amr Gamal, who impressed after coming on as a second-half substitute against Senegal, will replace Zamalek's Khaled Kamar in the starting XI.

17:45 "Egypt's latest results cannot be taken as indication that their form has deteriorated, they're still a big African name," Tunisia's Belgian coach Georges Leekens said in the pre-match news conference.

17:30 Egypt coach Shawky Gharib said after the loss to Senegal: "There is a still long way in the qualifiers. We still have five matches left to make amends,"

17:00 Tunisia will have to do without key strikers Sami Allagui and Issam Jemaa, who were ruled out of the game due to injury.

16:45 Egypt's last meeting with Tunisia was a friendly game in the United Arab Emirates in 2012, with the latter claiming a 1-0 victory. Their last competitive match was in 2002 when Egypt won 1-0 in the African Nations Cup group stage in Mali.

15:45 Check the the head-to-head record between both sides. 

15:30 Tunisia survived a scare from minnows Botswana in their Group G opener, having come from behind to earn a late 2-1 victory.

15:00 The match will take place at the army-owned Air Defence Stadium in Cairo. Up to 15,000 supporters will be allowed to attend the match after Egyptian authorities had partially lifted the ongoing crowd ban. 

14:00 Egypt's coach Shawky Gharib said he will make some changes to the team's starting line-up when they host Tunisia

13:00 Egypt host North African rivals Tunisia on Wednesday with little room for error, with an African Cup of Nations place at stake after they kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Senegal

 


Venue:Air Defence Stadium (Cairo)

Referee: Bakary Gassama (Ghana)

Positions in Group G:Tunisia (2nd with 3 points), Egypt (4th with no points)

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