Egyptian King reclaims his crown
Mohamed Salah transformed a chipped ball into the box to revive Egypt’s hopes of reaching the last 16 at the Nations Cup in Cameroon
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal against Guinea-Bissau to kick-start Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Nevertheless the Pharaohs rode their luck as Mama Balde had a remarkable late equaliser for the Djurtus ruled out following a video assistant referee analysis.
Record seven-time winners Egypt, who lost their Group D opener 1-0 against Nigeria, banged the woodwork three times in a game they mostly controlled.
Salah volleyed in with 21 minutes left to seal a pivotal victory in Garoua.
The Liverpool forward bang a first-time left-footed attempt from the edge of the six-yard box which flew past the extended hand of Guinea-Bissau keeper Jonas Mendes.
In the 82nd minute, Balde cut in from the left and twine a shot just inside the right-hand upright, still the forward was considered to have fouled Egypt defender Omar Kamal in the build-up.
Egypt keeper Mohamed El Shenawy had to punch away a half-volley from Moreto Cassama in injury time to gain a result which moves the North Africans up to second in the Group D table, three points behind Nigeria even so two points ahead of Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.
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Egyptian King regains his crown
Salah had been isolated up front against the Super Eagles but was involved from the start against Guinea-Bissau, seeing his low effort from range clip the outside of the right-hand upright in the second minute.
The Egypt skipper then played his part in a sweeping move which ended with Mostafa Mohamed side-footing onto the base of the same post, and Salah had a volley deflected and pushed behind as the Pharaohs pressed before half-time.
Carlos Quieroz’s side were less impressive in the second half, but Amr El Soleya came up with a moment of quality to chip the ball into the box for Salah to convert with fine technique.
Zizo should have doubled the lead with 15 minutes left but guided a volley onto the left-hand post from the penalty spot.
Guinea-Bissau failed to threaten for much of the game but Jorginho sent a shot straight at El Shenawy before Egypt enjoyed a stroke of fortune when Balde’s effort was chalked off.
Egypt face Sudan in their final group game on Wednesday (19:00 GMT) knowing a draw will be enough to secure second place in the group, while Guinea-Bissau must beat Nigeria to have a chance of advancing to the last 16.