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EGYPT 3-2 TUNISIA

Salah gives Egypt last-gasp win over Tunisia in CAN qualifying

A late dribble and neat finish from the Liverpool star gave Egypt a narrow win over their rivals at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

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EPA6606. ALEJANDRÍA (EGIPTO), 16/11/2018.- Mohamed Salah, delantero de la selección de fútbol de Egipto, saluda a la afición antes del partido disputado ante Túnez correspondiente a la ronda clasificatoria de la Copa de
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Egypt 3-2 Tunisia: match report

With both sides qualified for the African Cup of Nations already, Egypt welcomed Tunisia to Alexandria after suffering a 1-0 loss to their Friday opponents earlier in the competition. Despite not being the star man for long spells of the game, Mohamed Salah stepped up when needed to win it for his country in injury time with a splendid goal.

It was Tunisia who started better despite Egypt enjoying home advantage and hoping to overtake the visitors at the top of Group J with a win.

Wahbi Khazri won a free from tip and rattled the crossbar after just a minute. It got better for Tunisia shortly after when Sliti slotted home after a slick move on 14 minutes. The game was underway byt Egypt hadn't been informed of the start.

They eventually did find their feet and Trezegeut levelled after 32 minutes which came after substantial pressure on Farouk Ben Mustapha's goal. Tunisia looked dangerous on the break but it was Egypt's ball now and they were asserting themselves like a home side is expected to.

They took the lead after 60 minutes when a free was whipped in from the left and El Mohamady lost Bronn to head home from close range. What had from from a poor start turned into what looked like it could be a procession for Egypt.

But Tunisia turned their attack back on and Sliti levelled things again on 72 minutes when he continued a run from deep only to poke home a failed clearance at the back by Egypt.

The game looked like it was heading for a stalemate but Mohamed Salah, who showed flashes of his ability at times without ever wowing, had time for one act of brilliance.

In the 90th minute, he exchanged a one-two with Mohamed Mahmoud before controlling it, beating a defender and slicing over the keeper to win it for the home side.

He smiled as the referee blew full time before fans mobbed him on the field as their saviour once again. Egypt were already through to the African Cup of Nations and Salah, after some controversy involving their Salah and the Egyptian football federation, was back to being their swashbuckling star in a 3-2 win over Tunisia.

Egypt 3-2 Tunisia: match report

Egypt vs Tunisia: match preview

Two countries who have already booked their place at the finals face off at the Borg El Arab Stadium today (17:00 CET) as Egypt host Tunisia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

Javier Aguirre's Egyptians sealed their spot at Cameroon 2019 in mid-October after their 2-0 victory over eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) - a win that was their third in three games under the Mexican - was followed by a 2-1 Tunisia triumph over Niger later that day.

The Tunisians' result in Niamey not only confirmed the Pharaohs' qualification for the Cup of Nations, but also ensured their own berth at the tournament.

However, despite Tunisia sitting top of qualification Group J with a 100% record - three points ahead of their hosts this evening - their coach, Faouzi Benzarti, was surprisingly sacked after steering the Carthage Eagles to the finals.

Fired just three games into his reign, Benzarti had - like Aguirre - also led his side to a clean sweep of victories.

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