Egypt have qualified for the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nation, beating Morocco by 2-1. Despite conceding the first goal, Egypt scored twice to win the match. The Egyptian and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored and assisted one in this match. However, they will face Cameron in the semifinal on February 4.
At the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Egypt faced Morocco in the quarter-final of the AFCON. Carlos Queiroz, the manager of Egypt, set up the team formation with 4-3-3. He used his key player, Mo Salah, as the right-winger. Mostafa Mohamed and Omar Marmoush played alongside him. On the other side, the Moroccan manager Vahid Halilhodzic used a different formation for his team. He played his team in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
However, Morocco took the lead early in the game. In the sixth minute, the Egyptian defender Ayman Ashraf fouled the Moroccan right-back, Achraf Hakimi, inside the box. As a result, the referee gave a penalty kick to Morocco. Midfielder Sofiane Boufal took the penalty shot and made no mistake. After that, Egypt tried hard to equalize before halftime. But they couldn’t find the net. As a result, the first half ended in 1-0.
Coming back from the break, The Pharaohs desperately tried to score goals. So the result came in the 53rd minute. Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian King, scored the goal. They created more chances after scoring that goal. Egypt had more possession on the ball than Morocco. But Morocco could have scored in the 75th minute if the goalkeeper of Egypt didn’t make an extraordinary save. Anyway, both teams couldn’t score more in the remaining minutes. So the match went to the extra time.
Both Egypt and Morocco tried to break the tie in the extra time. But the defense of the Egyptians was rock solid. So the Halilhodzic boys couldn’t make enough chance to find the net. Moreover, they conceded another goal in the 100th minute. Mo Salah, who scored the first goal, also assisted on the second. With his help, midfielder Trezeguet netted the ball in the 100th minute. However, the Egyptians defended so well after taking the lead that they didn’t allow Morocco’s striker to score further. As a result, The Pharaohs won the match and qualified for the next round.