MATCH CENTRE

SAT 06 JULY 2019, 21:00, CAIRO

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AFCON hosts Egypt crash out

by Staff Reporter

Sat July 06, 23:00

Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt have crashed out of the tournament in the last 16 stage after suffering a surprise 1-0 loss at the hands of South Africa in Cairo on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana claimed the deserved victory thanks to a late strike from winger Thembinkosi Lorch, having put in an outstanding performance against the highly-rated Pharaohs. Stuart Baxter’s side advance to face old foes Nigeria in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Egypt started the match strongly and threatened through the likes of Mohamed Salah and Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan. Yet the best efforts on goal in the opening quarter came from South Africa’s Percy Tau.

The forward twice tested goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy with powerful left-footed shots. The first was well held by the gloves-man, while the second (which was direct from a free kick) called for an outstanding save to keep the score line blank.

Midway through the first half the Pharaohs created their first clear chance, with a counter attack gifting Hassan a sight of goal with only Ronwen Williams to beat, but he directed his low shot straight at the Bafana Bafana ‘keeper.

SA continued to try their hand at shooting on goal, with Thembinkosi Lorch and Kamohelo Mokotjo both firing shots just wide of El Shenawy’s right-hand post, but the first half ended with the teams locked at 0-0.

Egypt had the first clear chance of the second stanza and again it was ‘Trezeguet’ who squandered a great opportunity: Mohamed Salah’s defence-splitting pass picked out the Pharaohs’ number seven, but he hit his shot straight at Williams in the 57th minute.

Bafana Bafana put together a fine passing move on 73 minutes to put Lorch in on goal, but he too was guilty shooing straight at the goalkeeper, allowing El Shenawy to make a comfortable low save.

The match looked set for extra time, but on 85 minutes South Africa struck on a quick counter attack: Lebo Mothiba beautifully played in Lorch, who this time showed great composure to slide a shot beyond the ‘keeper and provide the decisive moment.

Egypt 0
South Africa (0) 1 (Lorch 85’)

Egypt: El Shenawy, Elmohamady, Hegazy, Alaa, Asgraf, Elneny (Soliman 83’), Said (Warda 64’), Hamed, Salah, Mohsen (Ali 46’), Trezeguet

SA: Williams, Mkhize, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Furman (Kekana 90+2’), Zungu, Mokotjo, Lorch (Veldwijk 90+3’), Mothiba, Tau

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAIRO
EGYPT GOALS SOUTH AFRICA GOALS
23. Thembinkosi Lorch (85')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
EGYPT STARTING LINEUP SOUTH AFRICA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
6
Defender
44'
18
Defender
68'
12
Defender
5
Defender
20
Defender
90 + 4'
14
Midfielder
64'
19
Midfielder
79'
8
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
90 + 2'
15
Midfielder
83'
17
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
85'
90 + 3'
23
Forward/Striker
46'
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ahmed Ali Kamel
Forward/Striker
46'
14
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
90 + 2'
20
Amr Warda
Midfielder
64'
22
Lars Veldwijk
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
21
Walid Soliman
Midfielder
83'
11
CARDS
Ayman Ashraf
Defender
68'
12
Sandile Sfiso Hlanti
Defender
44'
18
Bongani Zungu
Midfielder
79'
8
Thulani Hlatshwayo
Defender
90 + 4'
14
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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