Egypt qualify despite late drama

Egypt qualify despite late drama

The seven time champions have qualified for the knock-out stages of the AFCON, despite drawing a third game in a row, but Salah is now unlikely to play a further part in the competition.

Much like the Premier League, the Africa Cup of Nations is delivering plenty of late goals and drama, with Egypt and Ghana involved in a nail biting finish to see who would qualify from Group B.

Egypt, already without the injured Salah, knew that defeat against Cape Verde, who had already won the group, would end their campaign, whilst Ghana, who twice threw away leads against Egypt in the last game, knew they needed a win to stand any chance of progressing.

As the games progressed, it looked like Ghana who would triumph, after taking a comfortable two-nil lead against Mozambique.  Egpyt on the other hand, trailed at half time, before equalising at the start of the second half.  As the games wore on, the tension increased, but nobody could have foreseen just how much drama would unfold in the final minutes of both games.

In the Egypt match, a 93rd minute goal from Abdalla, looked to have given the Pharaohs the victory they needed, only for Capte Verde to equalise in the 99th minute!  The Egyptian players, including Salah - who was watching from the stands, went from ectasy to agony, as they thought they had thrown away their chance of progressing.  However, despite being a great position to qualify, Ghana somehow conceeded two late goals, both in stoppage time, to draw with Mozambique, and give Egypt second spot in Group B.

The crazy turn of events means Egypt qualify as the second place team, and will now face the second-place finisher in Group F.  This is currently DR Congo, but any of the four teams in the group could still finish second.  The match will take place on Sunday at 8pm (GMT).

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Joy for Egypt, but Salah injury worse than first thought...

The whole of Egypt will be celebrating this morning, but there is also bad news, both for Egypt and Liverpool, as it has been confirmed that Mo Salah's injury is worse than first thought.

Salah was forced off late in the first half against Ghana, and was expected to be out for about 10 days.  However, it has since been revealed that the injury is worse than first thought, with Salah returning to England for specialist treatment with the Liverpool medical team.

Speaking after the Cape Verde match, Egypt's Manager confirmed that Salah will miss between 21 and 28 days, meaning he will probably miss the rest of the tournament, even if Egypt manage to progress through the knock-out rounds.

This is also terrible news for Liverpool, as it means that Salah will miss a number of crucial games in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup over the coming weeks.

Check back with LFC - Back On Our Perch in the coming days for more news of Salah's injury.

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