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RELIVE: Nigeria v Egypt (Friendly match)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Tuesday's friendly match between Nigeria and Egypt amid both teams' preparations for the 2019 African Nations Cup

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Mar 2019
Egypt striker Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Al-Ahram)
Egypt striker Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Al-Ahram)

Full time: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt

The referee blows his final whistle, Nigeria claim a deserved 1-0 friendly win over Egypt 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

90' A chance for Egypt! Trezeguet jinks into the area with a weaving run but he is eventually dispossessed.  

89' An Egypt corner causes mayhem but the keeper finally intervenes and handles the ball. 

86' Four minutes remaining and Nigeria regain control. 

82' Another chance for Egypt finally! Akpeyi blocks a long-range thunderbolt from Islam Gaber and saves a follow-up effort from Kouka. 

81' Another substitution for Egypt. Mohamed Hani replaces Omar Gaber. 

81' In Egypt's best effort, a long ball finds Kouka who runs behind the defence but he dithers on the ball and a defender clears the danger.  

78' A free-kick from Moses is easily collected by Mahmoud Gennesh. 

73' Iwob's shot is blocked by the defence after Henry Onyekuru skips past a couple of challengers down the right. 

70' Egypt also make a third substitution. Ahmed Kouka replaces the ineffective Mostafa Mohamed. 

67' Nigeria make another substitution. Semi Ajayi replaces Ogu.

65' It's definitely Egypt's worst game under Aguirre so far! 

61' An hour passed and Egypt failed to muster a single effort on goal! 

58' An Egyptian free-kick is floated into the area but Mohamed Elneny's header goes high over. 

53' Onuachu's physical attributes are causing problems to Egypt's defence. 

50' Mahmoud Alaa will be replaced after sustaining a facial injury. He will make way for Pyramids defender Ahmed Mansour. 

46' Egypt make the first substitution. Salah Mohsen is replaced with Amr Warda. 

46' An aerial challenge between Onuachu and defender Mahmoud Alaa leave both needing treatment. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

42' Egypt defenders are chasing shadows as Nigeria move the ball around smoothly in a boring affair. 

38' Egypt fail to intercept a series of Nigerian passes amid cheers from the home crowd. 

35' Nigeria's Leon Balogun is also booked. 

33' Egypt's combative midfielder Tarek Hamed receives a yellow card. 

30' At the other end, Alex Iwobi's weak low shot is collected by Egypt keeper Gennesh. 

30' Aboul-Fotouh whips in a cross from the left but Salah Mohsen's header goes high over. 

27' Egypt is comfortably dealing with Nigeria's crosses. 

23' Nothing much is happening. Egypt clearly lacks harmony in this unfamiliar line-up. 

20' Mostafa Mohamed drops deep, roaming behind lone striker Salah Mohsen. 

18' No clear-cut chances so far; Egypt are finding it hard to carve out openings. 

14' A left-wing cross is easily collected by Nigeria keeper Daniel Akpeyi.

12' The Pharaohs' passes are not accurate as they give away possession far too easily. 

8' Egypt take more possession as they seek to unlock Nigeria's defence. 

4' Egypt's Trezeguet tries his luck from distance but his shot is blocked by the defence. The visitors is looking to quickly recover from a very early setback. 

1' Forward Paul Onuachu opens the scoring in a matter of seconds! He collects a long ball on the edge of the area and rifles a brilliant volley into the top corner for the opener. 

1' Goal for Nigeria just after kick-off! What a start! 

The match is underway 


18:30 Nigeria's starting line-up: Daniel Akpeyi, Jamilu Collins, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru, Moses Simon, Paul Onuachu

17:50 Egypt coach Aguirre fields a completely different side from the one which played against Niger. Zamalek keeper Mahmoud Gennesh, Smouha left-back Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh and Dakhleya winger Islam Gaber will all make their debuts.  

17:40 Egypt's starting line-up: Mahmoud Gennesh, Omar Gaber, Mahmoud Alaa, Baher El-Mohammadi, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Islam Gaber, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Salah Mohsen, Mostafa Mohamed 

17:00 Aguirre is expected to field a strong team tonight using some of his regulars like Baher El-Mohamadi, Tarek Hamed and Mohamed Elneny.

16:30 On the other side, examining new faces would be also a priority for Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr against the seven-time African champions Egypt.

16:00 "The Nigeria match is strong experience. I asked for this game as Nigeria is among the strongest teams in Africa. Resting big names like Mohamed Salah was to give the chance for new faces," he added.

15:45 "I can feel a great concern with the competition in Egypt. I am preparing a team that would truly compete for the title.

15:45 "The Nigeria match is strong experience. I asked for this game as Nigeria is among the strongest teams in Africa. Resting big names like Mohamed Salah was to give the chance for new faces," he added.

15:25 "Managing Egypt is a very special mission as Egypt has a big history in African football," the 60-year-old Aguirre told a press conference ahead of the Nigeria match.

15:10 Egypt, who have already booked a place in Africa's flagship tournament with one match to spare, finished second in Group J with 13 points, three behind leaders Tunisia.

15:00 Against Niger, Aguirre gave debuts to Pyramids duo Ahmed Mansour and Nabil Emad and Ittihad's on-loan youngster Ammar Hamdi, as well as introducing other fresh faces such as Ahly right-back Mohamed Hani and midfielder Amr El-Sulaya.

14:30 "My main target was to examine new faces by giving them a chance against Niger; a game that we played in difficult weather conditions," Aguirre added.

14:30 "Sure I wanted to win the match despite the fact that the result wasn't influential," Aguirre said in the press conference after the match.

14:00 Egypt's perfect run under Aguirre came to an end after Saturday's 1-1 away draw against Niger in the last round of the Nations Cup qualifiers.

13:30 The Egyptian team is supposed to play three other friendly matches in the final preparations before the competition, which is scheduled to take place from 21 June to 13 July.

13:00 Egypt was granted the tournament's hosting rights in January after Cameroon was stripped of those rights in December. Nigeria will also be featuring in the prestigious tournament finals.

12:30 The Pharaohs will be hosted by the Super Eagles in their first warm-up for this summer's African Nations Cup, which they are seeking to win for the first time since winning the last of their record seven trophies in 2010.

12:00 Egypt coach Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre will continue examining new faces when his team faces Nigeria in a friendly match on Tuesday.



Venue: Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba

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