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2021 Africa Cup of Nations: Day seven recap

As day seven of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is a wrap, KingFut recaps all the action, featuring Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan, and Nigeria.

Group D:

Day seven witnessed only Group D action, with the first game pitting Nigeria, who are coming off a great win over Egypt, against Sudan.

Nigeria XI: Maduka Okoye; Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi; Wilfried Ndidi, Joe Aribo; Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi.

 

Sudan XI: Ali Aboeshren; Mazin Alnour, Mustafa Kharshoum, Salaheldin Nemer, Mustafa Elfadni; Walieldin Khedr, Mohamed Shambaly; Abdelrazig Yacoub, Yasin Hamed, Gumaa Omar, Musab Eisa.

It seemed that it was going to be a straightforward win for the Super Eagles, who took the lead in the third minute through Samuel Chukwueze.

Despite Sudan’s efforts to come back, showcased by their constant attempts on goal, Nigeria managed to double their lead moments before half-time thanks to an Awoniyi strike.

It then took Moses Simon one minute in the second-half to score his side’s third and final goal, ensuring their qualification to the round of 16.

Sudan still managed to pull one back, managing to convert from the penalty spot after Ola Aina’s reckless tackle inside the penalty area.

In the other game, Egypt were in desperate need of a win to keep their chances of reaching the next round alive and to regain confidence after a horrendous display against Nigeria.

Egypt XI: Mohamed El-Shenawy, Omar Kamal, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ahmed Hegazi, Ayman Ashraf, Amr El-Sulya, Mohamed Elneny, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Salah, Omar Marmoush, Mostafa Mohamed.

 

Guinea-Bissau XI: Jonas Menes, Encada, Cande, Bura, Sori Mane, Sangante, Cassama, Camara, Ambri, Piqueti, Mama Balde.

Egypt started the game on the right foot, threatening the Guinea-Bissau goal just two minutes in with a Mohamed Salah low-driven strike that hit the post.

Totally dominating the midfield, Egypt were creating several chances, but couldn’t break Guinea Bissau’s defence and once again hit the post in the 17th minute, this time from a Mostafa Mohamed close-range effort.

The Pharaohs continued their dominance but failed to convert any of their shots, keeping the score 0-0 at half-time.

At half-time, Egypt suffered yet another injury, but this time it was Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, who had to be replaced by Mohamed Abdelmoniem.

 

Finally, Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the 69th minute with a first-time volley after a brilliant through ball from Amr El-Sulya.

Egypt almost put the game to bed just five minutes later after Ahmed Sayed Zizo volleyed Omar Kamal’s cross, but the post once again denied them.

While the game was heading into a comfortable win for Egypt, Guinea-Bissau shocked them with a stunning goal through Balde, who stole the ball from Omar Kamal, before his curling effort beat El-Shennawy. However, the goal was later ruled-out for a foul on Kamal.

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