Full time: Egypt 1-0 Guinea
Scorer: Mostafa Mohamed 87
The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt claim an opening 1-0 win over Guinea in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Thanks for following our live updates!
90+1' Guinea make a double substitution. Yakhouba Barry replaces Ilaix Moriba and Bafode Dansoko replaces Aguibou Camara.
90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.
87' Substitute Mostafa Mohamed gives Egypt the lead with three minutes remaining! A half-hearted defensive clearance following a low cross finds Mostafa, whose shot takes a wicked deflection off the sliding Diakhaby and nestles into the bottom corner of the net.
87' GOOOOOOOAL FOR EGYPT!!!
83' Guinea go very close! A side-footed effort from the unmarked Amadou Diawara narrowly misses the target after a square pass from Naby Keita.
80' Guinea make another substitution. Ibrahima Cisse replaces Antonio Conte.
78' Egypt midfielder Hamdi Fathi receives a yellow card for fouling Ilaix Moriba.
75' Mostafa Mohamed just fails to get on the end of a Mohamed Salah through pass.
74' Egypt make a double substitution. Playmaker Magdi Afsha replaces Emam Ashour and winger Ibrahim Adel replaces Omar Marmoush.
73' Egypt are moving the ball around without causing any troubles to Guinea's defence.
69' Egypt midfielder Hamdi Fathi clears a Guinean cross from a free kick.
66' Guinea also make a substitution. Seydouba Cisse replaces Thierno Barry.
66' Marmoush now will go back to his usual position as a winger, with Mostafa Mohamed occupying the lone striker position.
65' Egypt make their first substitution. Striker Mostafa Mohamed replaces winger Ahmed Zizo.
62' Guinea now look better, pushing forward as Egypt remain sluggish.
59' Egypt score but the goal is disallowed for offside! A powerful volley from Omar Gaber is parried by the keeper into the path of El-Sulaya, who is offside.
55' Guinea winger Aguibou Camara receives a yellow card for a crude challenge on the foot of Egypt's right-back Omar Gaber.
54' What a chance for Guinea! Thierno Barry flicks a pass after being found unmarked on the edge of the area and fires a half-volley just wide of the post.
53' Galal may introduce an established striker soon to beef up Egypt's toothless attack.
49' Salah's free kick is spilled by the keeper and two follow-up efforts are blocked by the defence.
46' Egypt are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after a back-heel pass from Marmoush hits the arm of Mouctar Diakhaby.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his halftime whistle
43' Egypt are hampered by too many mis-placed passes.
39' A curling free kick from Marmoush is tipped over by Guinea keeper Ibrahim Kone.
37' Omar Marmoush wastes a rare chance for Egypt! He is released by a superb long ball from Salah but his volley from a tight angle goes high over.
35' Egypt's feeble attempts are easily dealt with by Guinea's defence.
32' The first half is a boring affair so far!
29' Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara is booked for a reckless challenge on Egypt's Emam Ashour.
27' A chance for Egypt! Defender Mahmoud El-Wensh is found at the far post but his header from El-Sulaya's cross goes straight into the hands of the keeper.
27' Salah's free-kick strikes the wall and goes out for a corner.
25' Egypt are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after Emam Ashour is tripped.
23' Guinea retreat after a bold opening but Egypt are still finding it hard to carve out openings.
20' A threaded pass from Zizo is intercepted by Diakhaby.
17' A cross from Salah is cleared by Guinea defender Mouctar Diakhaby.
16' Egypt are finding it hard to circumvent Guinea's high-pressing game.
14' Guinea still have the better possession!
11' Guinea adopt a bold approach, pressing Egypt high up the pitch in the early stages.
8' Egypt midfielder Emam Ashour tries his luck from distance and his skidding low shot narrowly misses the target.
7' Guirassy's free kick is blocked by the defensive wall again.
6' Guine are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after a free-kick from Serhou Guirassy strikes the arm of Zizo.
3' An early chance for Egypt! Ayman Ashraf robs Thierno Barry down the left and feeds Zizo, whose volley goes over the bar from a good scoring position.
2' Zamalek winger Ahmed Zizo replaces Mahmoud Trezeguet in Egypt's starting line-up after the Aston Villa was injured while warming up.
2' The first chance for Guinea! A low shot by Naby Keita from a tight angle is saved by keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi.
The match is underway
Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)
Egypt’s starting lineup:
Mohamed Abou-Gabal; Omar Gaber, Mahmoud Hamdi El-Wensh, Yasser Ibrahim, Ayman Ashraf, Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Emam Ashour, Omar Marmoush, Ahmed Zizo, Mohamed Salah
20:45 Mo Salah greeted with a guard of honour, 15 minutes before kick-off. He is also presented with an award by Egypt's sports ministry.
19:15 In Egypt's first line-up under Galal, the team play without an out-and-out striker, with Mohamed Salah leading a three-pronged attack that also includes Bundesliga-based winger Omar Marmoush and Aston Villa's Mahmoud Trezeguet.
18:00 Egypt's new coach Galal insisted an opening win is of a great importance. Egypt next face Ethiopia away from home on Thursday. Ethiopia lost 2-1 to Malawi in the other Group D match earlier on Sunday.
17:00 The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said Mohamed Salah would be "honoured" before the game after he led Liverpool to the domestic League Cup and FA Cup titles last season.
15:30 Egypt will be supported by 40,000 spectators in the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Guinea at home.
“Security authorities officially informed us that 40,000 supporters will be allowed to attend Egypt’s first game in the AFCON qualifiers against Guinea at Cairo’s International stadium,” read a statement by the EFA.
14:30 Egypt's last competitive game against Guinea was a World Cup qualifier in 2013, which the Pharaohs won 4-2 at home. Their most recent meeting saw Egypt defeat Guinea 3-1 in a friendly game in 2019.
14:00 A warm welcome from Egypt's Mohamed Salah to his Liverpool's Guinean teammate Naby Keita ahead of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers game.
13:00 Egypt coach Ehab Galal promised a "different playing style" as he begins his reign at home to Guinea in their opening African Cup of Nations qualifier.
"We will introduce a different playing style. Our target is win in every game," he told a news conference.
12:00 Egypt will miss the services of first-choice goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi and regular left-back Ahmed Fattouh after both had contracted COVID-19. Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is also doubtful due to injury.
"We will be affected by El-Shennawi's absence but have the utmost confidence in all of our keepers," Galal said.
Venue: Cairo’s international stadium
Referee: Ahmed Imtiaz (Mauritius)
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