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Interesting: Egypt progress to AFCON round of 16 without winning any game
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Interesting: Egypt progress to AFCON round of 16 without winning any game
By Mangek Promise

  An unbelievable end to Egypt's match against Cape Verde saw the Pharaohs secure a place in the knockout rounds of the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday.

Having drawn their first two games, Egypt's hopes of staying in the competition were in danger - and they looked completely over for large parts of the game. But some unbelievable drama right at the end saw them take a late lead and then concede an even later equaliser. Thanks to Ghana's 2-2 draw with Mozambique, however, a point was enough to send the Pharaohs through to the last-16.

Egypt started the brighter of the two teams and after growing into the game, gave Cape Verde a great scare. Omar Marmoush fired a shot at goal from distance that was saved by goalkeeper Vozinha. Mostafa Mohamed followed up on the rebound but the Cape Verde No. 1 was strong yet again and pulled off an excellent stop.

It took 32 minutes for Cape Verde to register their first attempt when Gilson Benchimol had a shot from just inside the box diverted wide by a deflection. It was a sign of things to come, too, as the striker blasted them into the lead when Ryan Mendes won the ball with some good pressing, worked it to Kenny Rocha Santos, received it back and nodded to Benchimol for the finish.

Right from the beginning of the second-half, Egypt pushed for an equaliser and it was half-time substitute Trezeguet who lashed it in. He played an excellent one-two with Ahmed Hegazy after Cape Verde failed to clear a corner. The star was certainly fired up as less than two minutes later when he hit a long-range effort that went just wide of the post.


It was all Egypt from then on as Rui Vitoria's team pushed to find the winner and oh, how they missed Mohamed Salah, as promising attack after promising attack faded away. Most crucially, Mohamed missed the target with a great chance and then Emam Ashour saw a lethal shot stopped by Vozinha, who saved his team from a first defeat on so many occasions.

In the end, though, Mohamed was redeemed when Trezeguet's awesome long pass sailed towards him and he lifted it over the goalkeeper and into the net to keep his team's hopes alive. The fun didn't stop there, though, as Bryan Teixeira scored for Cape Verde to rescue a 2-2 draw, but Egypt were allowed passage to the knockouts thanks to Ghana's shock capitulations elsewhere in Group B.