Knockout Drama: Egypt and Cape Verde Progress, Ghana Left StunnedKnockout Drama: Egypt and Cape Verde Progress, Ghana Left Stunned
Knockout Drama: Egypt and Cape Verde Progress, Ghana Left Stunned

In a thrilling encounter at the Allasane Outtara Stadium on Monday, Mozambique left the football world stunned by scoring two late goals against Ghana, forcing a dramatic 2-2 draw. Jordan Ayew’s two penalties had Ghana in a commanding 2-0 lead, but late goals, including a penalty, saw them settle for a disappointing third place in Group B.

Ghana’s Initial Dominance

Ghana, initially in control with Ayew’s penalty double, saw their lead slip away as Mozambique capitalized on defensive lapses. The Black Stars, reminiscent of their AFCON 2021 experience, faced an unexpected early exit, putting coach Christ Houghton under intense scrutiny.

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Egypt’s Rollercoaster Against Cape Verde

Simultaneously, Egypt faced Cape Verde in a gripping battle where emotions swung wildly. Gilson Tavares put Cape Verde ahead in added time of the first half, testing Egypt’s resolve. However, Egypt’s response was swift, with goals from Emam Ashour and Trezeguet, setting the stage for a late-game twist.

Late Drama in Egypt vs. Cape Verde Clash

In a nail-biting finish, Mostafa Mohamed appeared to secure Egypt’s victory with a late goal in the 93rd minute. Yet, Alberto Silva’s 99th-minute strike for Cape Verde forced Egyptian players into a momentary shock, only to realize they advanced to the knockout stage after Ghana’s draw.

Egypt Overcomes Salah’s Absence

Despite missing captain Mohamed Salah due to a muscle injury, Egypt showcased resilience. Salah’s absence, confirmed by agent Ramy Abbas Issa, didn’t deter the team’s determination. Jurgen Klopp hinted at Salah’s possible departure if Egypt advances further, emphasizing the hamstring injury’s impact.

Knockout Drama: Egypt and Cape Verde Progress, Ghana Left Stunned
Knockout Drama: Egypt and Cape Verde Progress, Ghana Left Stunned

Trezeguet’s Heroics and Salah’s Presence

Trezeguet’s second-half equalizer and a questionable goal from Mohamed secured Egypt’s spot in the knockout stages. While Salah watched from the stands, his symbolic presence fueled Egypt’s determination. The Liverpool star, set to leave the camp on Wednesday, shared celebratory moments with the team.

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Mozambique’s Quest Continues

Despite finishing at the bottom of the group against Ghana, Mozambique continues its quest for a historic AFCON win. The team, yet to taste victory since their 1998 debut, displayed resilience that adds an element of unpredictability to future matches.

Knockout Bound: Egypt and Cape Verde Progress

In the end, Egypt and Cape Verde join Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Senegal in the round of 16. The journey comes to an end for Richard Ofori and Edmilson Dove, who exit the tournament following their teams’ group stage performances. The stage is set for more intense battles in the quest for AFCON glory.

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