Egypt draw with Ghana

Egypt draw with Ghana

Mohamad Salah's Egypt have drawn their second group match at the African Cup of Nations, hitting their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.

Despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites, Egypt have struggled so far at the African Cup of Nations.

Their first group B match ended in a two all draw with Mozambique, with Liverpool superstar, Mo Salah, scoring a penalty in the 97th minute, to rescue Egypt from an embarassing defeat.  Earlier this evening, Egypt were also held to a two all draw, this time against Ghana, with the Pharoahs once again having to come from behind to rescue a point.

The result leaves Egpyt second in Group B, with two points.  Cape Verde lead the way with three points from their opening game, whilst Mozambique and Ghana both have one point.  Cape Verde and Mozambique play each other tomorrow.  If Cape Verde win, they will secure top spot in the group, meaing Egypt would only be able to qualify as group runner up, or as one of four best third-placed teams.  Either way, by failing to win the group, Egypt would have to face a tougher opponent in the first knock-out round - if they qualify.

Things could have been much worse for Egypt though, after they twice went behind against Ghana.  West Ham United's Mohammed Kudos fired in a long range effort in first half injury time, before Omar Marmoush levelled for Egypt mid way through the second half.  A minute later, Kudos scored again, restoring Ghana's lead, only for Mostafa Mohamed to stab home from close range four minutes after that.  Despite a frantic finish and chances for both sides, the game ended two all.

 

 

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Pharaohs dig deep without Salah....

Although the result of the match was important for both teams, a much bigger story may be developing, with Mo Salah being forced off with an injury, just before half time.  Salah initially recieved treatment on the field, after feeling something in his leg, but after a few minutes, he was unable to continue, and left the field in dejected fashion.

The fact that Salah was able to walk off the field himself, and sat with his teammates in the dugout afterwards, suggests the injury may not be too serious, but with the third and final group game on Monday 22nd Janaury, there is a real danger that Salah will not be fit in time to play.

LFC - Back On Our Perch will bring you all the latest fitness updates as the African Cup of Nations progresses.

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