AFCON 2021: Egypt join Nigeria in the last 16 from Group D

Egypt registered a 1-0 successive victory past Sudan to earn a spot in the last 16 of the ongoing African Cup of Nations on Wednesday evening.

The Pharaohs came to the encounter at three points from two games and all they needed was a win to ensure a place in the last 16 of the ongoing continental tournament.

Sudan got the first chance of the game to take the lead but Mohamed Abdallah Hussein’s effort in the area went above the cross bar by a few inches.

As the game grew, Egypt found their bearings and weaved a number of passes going forward but were still unlucky not to convert any of the chances.

In the 33rd minute, Mostafa Mohamed nearly placed Egypt in the driving seat but his powerful header was punched away by Mohammed Mustafa with a spectacular save.

Two minutes later, Mohamed Abelmonem jumped highest to meet a corner kick and his effort met the back of the net to give Egypt a well deserved lead.

At the top of the hour mark, Mohamed Salah picked a loose ball at the edge of the area but his low shot was palmed away by Sudan’s custodian Mustafa.

Moments later, Amr El Solia stole possession steps away from the box but his resultant effort went above the woodwork.

On the other hand, Nigeria continued their emphatic run with a 2-0 win against struggling Guinea Bissau to take the helm of Group D with nine points from three games.

Umar Sadiq opened the scoring account before the skipper William Troost Ekong added salt in Guinea Bissau’s wounds sending them back home.

Sadiq found himself with enough space to turn before he sent a powerful shot in the bottom left corner to give Nigeria the bragging rights.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Ekong tapped home after a rebound when Simon Moses’s individual brilliance ended with a shot rattling off the goal post.

Sudan and Guinea Bissau will be packing their bags to go back home while Nigeria will be a proud side being the first team to win all the three group games.

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