Egypt 2-0 DR Congo: Mohamed Salah helps Africa Cup of Nations hosts into last 16




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Egypt have won both of their two games in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations without conceding a goal

Mohamed Salah made one and scored one as hosts Egypt beat DR Congo 2-0 to move into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt went ahead when Salah’s cross was met by Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady, who finished at the second attempt.

Liverpool forward Salah then added a second with a powerful strike when surrounded by two DR Congo players after a fine run from Trezeguet.

Seven-time winners Egypt join Nigeria in the last 16 of the competition.

The Super Eagles beat Guinea 1-0 in the opening match on Wednesday to become the first nation into the knockout phase.

Egypt, who last won the tournament in 2010 and lost in the 2017 final, secured their second win in two matches to move on to six points and guarantee a top-two finish in Group A.

DR Congo hit the woodwork twice, through Marcel Tisserand when it was goalless and then again with a header from Jonathan Bolingi when Egypt were ahead 1-0.

Yannick Bolasie, who is an Everton player but spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and then at Anderlecht, nearly pulled a goal back late on but curled a free-kick just wide.

This was DR Congo’s second defeat in two games and they have to beat Zimbabwe on Sunday and hope they claim one of the four spots available to teams finishing third in their group.

Egypt had begun their campaign with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe and will go through as group winners if they avoid defeat against second-placed Uganda on Sunday.

Analysis

BBC World’s Piers Edwards at the Cairo International Stadium

Egypt cruised into the knockout stages with an ultimately comfortable 2-0 win against a DR Congo side who have yet to score at these finals.

Egypt’s first was a little fortunate, as the ball fell kindly to Elmohamady, but their second was superb as the forceful Trezeguet scythed through midfield before teeing up Salah, who finished with aplomb.

Trezeguet has been arguably Egypt’s best player so far, impressing with his drive and direct approach, while Salah has often looked leggy after an arduous season.

While Egypt look solid enough at the back, with goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawi showing superb reflexes on one occasion, Morwen Mahsen’s role is surely up for grabs as the striker failed to make any impact again – with his replacement Ahmed Hassan Kouka looking more threatening.

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