Egypt 2-2. Ghana – Black Stars pegged back twice despite Mohammed Kudus’ double, but Pharaohs face Mohamed Salah fright

Egypt 2-2. Ghana – Black Stars pegged back twice despite Mohammed Kudus’ double, but Pharaohs face Mohamed Salah fright

A Mohammed Kudus brace wasn’t enough for Ghana to win their African Nations Cup match against Egypt, as goals from Omar Marmoush and Mostafa Mohamed tied the game. Both teams remain winless in the competition after two games, with Egypt’s Mohamed Salah limping out just before halftime.

Egypt lost Mohamed Salah to injury, yet came back twice to tie 2-2 with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Thursday’s Group B encounter at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny began on the stroke of half-time, when Egypt’s star player Salah limped off with an apparent hamstring complaint, and the seven-time AFCON winners went down to Mohamed Kudus’ sensational opening.

The dullness of the first half gave way to a frenzied second quarter, with three goals in the span of five minutes and ten seconds swinging the pendulum back and forth.

Inaki Williams’ terrible pass allowed the great Omar Marmoush to equalise in the 69th minute, only for Kudus to increase his lead 101 seconds later.
However, Ghana could only maintain their advantage for three minutes longer, with Mostafa Mohamed tucking home from Trezeguet’s cutback to bring Egypt level again, though the Pharaohs were fortunate when Iddrisu Baba headed wide of a gaping goal in stoppage time.

Salah’s injury occurred innocuously, with Egypt’s captain going to the ground and tearing off his armband in the 45th minute, instantly indicating that he wanted to leave and holding his left hamstring.
Egypt’s frustration was quickly compounded as Kudus slipped past three defenders before firing in a fantastic left-footed finish from the edge of the box.
However, a sustained period of Egypt pressure, during which the Pharaohs had a goal disallowed for offside, paid off when Williams mistakenly put in Marmoush, who calmly rounded Richard Ofori before tapping in.

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That goal precipitated a frantic five-minute period. First, Kudus’ low attempt fooled Mohamed El Shenawy after a tiny deflection, only for Egypt to profit on more shambolic Ghana defending as Trezeguet raced to the line and set up Mohamed for an easy finish.
Ofori’s stop from Emam Ashour’s shot paved the door for one final Ghana charge, which Baba should have won when he grabbed onto an inswinging corner but headed wide, leaving the Black Stars with a point and Egypt with two moving into their remaining Group A games.

Liverpool’s Salah worry

If you had to wager on what Jurgen Klopp was most concerned about this month, a Salah injury would be top on the list.
Klopp and Rui Vitoria will be hoping and praying that it is not too serious. Egypt will need their talisman back for the last group game, and Liverpool cannot afford to lose their top player for an extended length of time if they are to keep pace with their Premier League championship rivals.

Egypt 2-2. Ghana - Black Stars pegged back twice despite Mohammed Kudus' double, but Pharaohs face Mohamed Salah fright

 


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