Egypt 1-0 Sudan: Mohamed Abdelmonem secures narrow win as Pharaohs book last-16 place
Africa Cup of Nations, Group D, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo: Egypt 1 (Abdelmonem 35’), Sudan 0.
Egypt's defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim (C) is congratulated by teammate Egypt's midfielder Amr al Suleya (R) as he celebrates after he scored the first goal during the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 football match between Egypt and Sudan
Egypt eased into the knock-out stages of the Africa Cup of Nations courtesy of a 1-0 victory over a toothless Sudan in Yaoundé.
Mohamed Abdelmonem’s first half strike was enough to earn the Pharaohs their second victory of the tournament as he was left unmarked near the six-yard line and dipped to powerfully head home a corner.
Carlos Queiroz’s side dominated proceedings throughout, but were unable to put the game to bed thanks to some poor finishing and fine goalkeeping.
35’ GOAL - EGYPT 1-0 SUDAN (Abdelmonem): It has been coming! Another set piece and another header. Mohamed Abdelmonem dips to nod from the edge of the six yard box. Mustafa had no chance but his defence will be disappointed
41’ TERRIFIC SAVE BY MUSTAFA. The Pharaoh's are really pushing for a second before the break. Abdalla El Said bursts into the box and strikes goalwards, but his fierce shot is tipped around the post
60’ TIP-TOEING SALAH. The Egyptian dances his way past several defenders and it looks like this will be the moment he doubles the lead, only for a low shot to be well saved
66’ GLORIOUS CHANCE FOR EGYPT! It really should be 2-0. Salah lays off to Soleya who is in acres of space on the edge of the area, but he’s leaning back and cracks his shot narrowly over the bar
80’ CLOSE! Sudan have their best chance yet as a low free-kick is fired in by Abdelrahman. It takes a huge deflection and Shenawy fumbles, but does enough
Egypt have lost just two of their last 24 games in normal time
Sudan have now won only one of their sixteen games at the Africa Cup of Nations since lifting the title back in 1970