RELIVE: Egypt v Tunisia (FIFA Arab Cup)

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Dec 2021

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Wednesday's match between Egypt and Tunisia in the FIFA Arab Cup semi-final


Full time: Egypt 0-1 Tunisia

Scorer: Amr El-Sulaya O.G 90+4


The referee blows his final whistle, Tunisia reach the final while Egypt will play in the third-place playoff. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+4' Goal for Tunisia! It's the last kick of the game. Egypt midfielder Amr El-Sulaya heads an inswinging free-kick into his own net. 

90+1' Egypt midfielder Amr El-Sulaya mis-hits his volley and it goes high over following a cut-back from Mostafa Fathi. 

90' The referee adds three minutes as stoppage time.  

89' Egypt make a substitution. Striker Osama Faisal replaces off-form frontman Marwan Hamdi.

88' Tunisia forward Jaziri heads over the bar from a corner.

84' At the other end, Tunisia's Ben Romdhane tries his luck from the edge of the area but his effort goes just over the crossbar. 

83' Zizo curls a tame shot into the hands of the keeper following a pacy Egypt move. 

81' Tunisia make a substitution. Naim Sliti replaces Hannibal Mejbri. 

80' Egypt midfielder Hamdi Fathi gives away possession in a critical area and commits a foul on Seifeddine Jaziri to stop a Tunisian attack. He is booked! 

75' What a chance for Egypt!! The Pharaohs finally create a goal-scoring opportunity but Mostafa Fathi wastes it, blasting a volley high over with the goal at his mercy after a defensive mistake allows Marwan Hamdi to play him in. 

74' Egypt are now retreating into their own half as Tunisia control possession. 

70' Egypt make another substitution. Winger Mostafa Fathi replaces Hussein Faisal, who was disappointing tonight. 

68' Egypt defender Hegazi receives a yellow card for an ill-timed challenge on Msakni. 

67' Tunisia mount pressure but clear-cut chances are still hard to come by. 

63' Mohamed Sherif's low shot from the edg of the area is easily collected by Tunisia's keeper Mouez Hassen. 

61' The referee hands two yellow cards to Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz and football director Wael Gomaa for dissent. 

60' The referee overturns his decision following a VAR review! 

58' Penalty for Tunisia! Egypt defender Hegazi is penalised for an apparent foul on Ben Romdhane. Television replays show a minimal contact between both men! 

56' Tunisia midfielder Sassi is lucky to escape a yellow card following a rash challenge on Egypt's Zizo! 

51' Tunisia playmaker Msakni receives a yellow card. 

50' Egypt are pushing forwards but are still finding it difficult to unlock the watertight defence. 

46' Egypt make their first substitution. Forward Mohamed Sherif replaces playmaker Magdi Afsha. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+4' Egypt winger Zizo nutmegs his opponent down the right and whips in a cross that goes begging. 

45+1' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time.

45' A wayward shot from Ben Romdhane goes high over. 

42' Striker Marwan Hamdi misses a sitter for Egypt but winger Zizo, who crossed the ball for him, is flagged for offside anyway! 

40' Tunisia make an unscripted substitution. Ali Ben Romdhane replaces the injured Meriah. 

37' Successive Tunisian corners are cleared by Egypt's defence. 

34' In a rare Egypt effort, a hopeful shot from defender Ahmed Hegazi is saved by Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen. 

29' Tunisia's Yassine Meriah is receiving treatment.

21' A tame Tunisian header is collected by Egypt keeper El-Shennawi.

15' The match is evenly-balanced so far, with both sides closing down spaces well. 

9' Tunisia look lively in the early stages but Egypt are holding firm. 

3' Tunisia create the game's first chance! Msakni's header from a corner goes just over the bar.

17:00 The Match is underway

Starting line-ups:

Egypt: Mohamed El Shennawi – Akram Tawfik, Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud “El Wensh” Hamdi, Ahmed Fatouh - Amr El Sulaya, Hamdi Fathi, Magdi Afsha, Huessin Faisal, Ahmed Zizo- Marwan Hamdi

Tunisia: Mouez Hassen, Bilel Ifa, Montassar Talbi, Yassine Meriah, Ghaylen Chaaleli, Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Ben Hmida, Mohamed Drager, Youssef Msakni, Hannibal Mejbri, Seifeddine Jaziri

16:15 "I won't pressure any of the injured players to play against Tunisia. We will only depend on the fully recovered ones," Queiroz added.

15:30 Egypt have doubts over the fitness of keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, central defender Ahmed Hegazi, versatile defender Ayman Ashraf and defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi.

15:15 Egypt have doubts over the fitness of keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, central defender Ahmed Hegazi, versatile defender Ayman Ashraf and defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi.

14:45 "Tunisia team has a great history, and the current squad is an excellent one… I think the game will be difficult for both teams," Egypt's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz told the pre-match news conference.

"Both teams are excellent, and this will make this game an exciting one," he added.

14:15 Their last meeting saw Egypt claim a 3-1 win in November 2018 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

13:15 The semi-final pits two traditional North African rivals against each other.

12:30 "The players know the strength points of each other, and we want the details to be on our side," said Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaier.

12:15 Tunisia's central midfielder Ferjani Sassi was also one of Zamalek's standout performers before he joined Qatari side Al-Duhail in the summer after his contract with the Cairo giants had expired.

11:30 Some familiar faces form the core of Tunisia's squad, including Ahly's indispensable left-back Ali Maaloul and Zamalek duo Hamza Matlouthi, a right-back, and striker Seifeddine Jaziri.

10:30 Egypt's players will be up against some club teammates when they meet Tunisia in the FIFA Arab Cup semi-final at Qatar's Stadium 974 on Wednesday.

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 17:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)


Venue: Stadium 974

Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)


Check the match preview HERE

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