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Egypt eliminated Côte d’Ivoire on penalties on Tuesday in the round of 16 of CAN-2022 (0-0, tab 4-5).
As a symbol… Mohamed Salah qualified Egypt for the quarter-finals of CAN -2022 by scoring the fifth Egyptian penalty. The Pharaohs emerged victorious at the end of the suspense of Côte d’Ivoire after a goalless match but with high intensity.
In confidence, the Ivorians had nevertheless entered the match well. They monopolize the ball and are quick to launch their first offensives through the wings. Serge Aurier overflows and collapses in the area but the referee does not flinch (5th).
An impressive Egypt
The Egyptian block is however well in place. Mohamed Salah acts as the first defender to press the Elephants high and take advantage of their slightest error. Following a missed raise by Simon Deli, Marmoush sends a heavy curling shot that lands on the crossbar of the Ivorian goal (17th).
Halfway through the first period, bad news hit Côte d’Ivoire: midfielder Franck Keissié was forced out, hit in the hip. Egypt is ruthless. Served with his back to goal, Mohamed Salah turns around and serves Mostafa Mohamed in depth. The striker forces Ali Sangaré to divert for a corner (36th).
After dominating, Côte d’Ivoire is cornered in its own camp. Due to the Egyptian pressing, she can no longer project herself out of her half of the field, with the exception of a collective action resulting in a returned chisel from Sangaré that El Shenawy diverts (38th). The doorman is also busy on a strike from Haller (45th + 1).
The Pharaohs lose their guardian
In the second period, forgotten by the defense and served royally by Salah, El Solia harvested a favorable opportunity (52nd). A few minutes later, Mostafa Mohamed did not fit his shot (63rd). The Elephants react on a corner: Nicolas finds Ibrahim Sangaré who returns for Halle. Ajacide’s header is well placed but Mohamed El Shenawy slams the ball out of bounds (68′).
The incoming Trezeguet receives a precise pass on the left of the surface and sends a shot which passes just next to the right post (73rd). Nicolas Pépé responds with two strikes (75th, 78th).
However, El Shenawy is injured on a double save and must give way to Gabasky, the Zamalek goalkeeper. He immediately distinguished himself by going for a corner (90th + 1).
Back to back at the end of regulation time.
Egypt came back strong when the game resumed by getting a double chance by Trezeguet (91st) then Mohamed Sherif (93rd). In a rhythm broken by the sores of the two teams, Côte d’Ivoire finished the half better than it started: a pure strike from Ibrahim Sangaré was deflected in extremis by Gabasky (114th). The ball goes from one end of the field to the other without the teams managing to force the decision.
Then there are the shots on goal. And in this little game, it is the Egyptians who win, well helped by the failure of Eric Bailly on the third penalty. Egypt can rejoice. After a complicated group stage, it holds a first reference match and will face Morocco in the quarter-finals.
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