Africa Cup Of Nations Report: Egypt v Congo DR 26 June 2019

Salah netted for Egypt vs DR Congo on Wednesday

Salah netted for Egypt vs DR Congo on Wednesday

Mohamed Salah scored for Egypt in their 2-0 victory over DR Congo on Wednesday night to secure a place in the last 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Coach Javier Aguirre had some explanations.

Egypt opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Elmohamady stabbed the ball home from inside the penalty area after DR Congo had failed to clear Salah's cross.

Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady and Liverpool's African Player of the Year Salah both struck first-half goals in Cairo for the Pharaohs.

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However, the Leopards, who were in search of their first point proved a hard nut to crack, and almost took an early lead in the 11th minute through Marcel Tisserand whose effort hit the woodwork.

"We are not depending on one single player in the Egypt team but on the other players as well". "I don't think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone".

Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season's Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure.

The deadly striker is yet to hit the mark in his home country this Afcon and will get a second chance when Egypt play Zimbabwe today in a Group "A" tie from 11pm Kenyan time at the Cairo International Stadium.

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Aware of the opponent's imminent threat, Egypt reiterated through a counter attack, with Salah cutting onto his left foot before rifling a shot past the keeper at his near post to double Egypt's lead moments before the break. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players.

Warda, who plays for Greek club Atromitos on loan from PAOK, had previously been accused of harassing a fashion model on Instagram and a complaint against him had been filed at Egypt's Attorney General.

Despite being in danger of suffering an early exit, Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa says his side still hold out hope of qualifying against the odds.

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