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End of the road for Uganda as last minute goal sinks Cranes

Uganda’s midfielder Tony Mawejje (R) challenges Egypt’s midfielder Ramadan Sobhi as Egypt’s defender Mohamed Abdel-Shafy controls the ball at Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017. AFP PHOTO

FT: Uganda 0 Egypt 1
Mali 0 Ghana 1

Port-Gentil, Gabon | AFP |

Abdallah El Said scored with a minute left as Egypt snatched a 1-0 win over Uganda on Saturday that leaves them on the verge of the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals and eliminated their opponents.

The substitute lashed in after collecting a Mohamed Salah pass to leave the seven-time champions needing only a point from their last Group D game against Ghana — who beat Mali 1-0 earlier in the day — to go through.

Uganda, who had a Joseph Ochaya effort disallowed early in the second half, are the first team to be knocked out of this Cup of Nations after a second consecutive 1-0 defeat.

Egypt brought 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary and Stoke City winger Ramadan Sobhi into their starting line-up but again Hector Cuper’s side — who drew 0-0 with Mali in their opening game — lacked a creative edge.

Salah is supposed to give them that and the Roma man came closest for the Pharaohs in the first half, although a lifted ball from a tight angle drifted beyond the back post.

Faruku Miya fired wide for Uganda and it was from his cross that Ochaya turned the ball in at the back post in the 52nd minute, but the effort was disallowed.

The majority of the crowd in Port-Gentil, most of them Malians, had left the stadium after the day’s first match and they did not miss much.

El Hadary had to palm away a Godfrey Walusimbi free-kick delivery, while El Said fired over and Trezeguet failed to seriously trouble Denis Onyango in the Uganda goal.

A goalless stalemate seemed inevitable until a sweeping Egyptian move in the 89th minute culminated in Salah teeing up El Said, whose low shot was too powerful for Onyango.

Standings
Ghana     2 2 0 0 2 0 6 – qualified
Egypt      2 1 1 0 1 0 4
Mali        2 0 1 1 0 1 1
Uganda  2 0 0 2 0 2 0

Action photos from Egypt versus Uganda.Uganda Cranes took the game to Egypt but were undone by a last minute lack of concentration. PHOTOS @NileSpecial
Date Match Result Score Competition
18 Jan 1962 Egypt v Uganda L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations
04 Apr 1965 Uganda v Egypt W 5-1 International Friendly
04 Jun 1967 Uganda v Egypt L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations
03 Dec 1972 Egypt v Uganda D 2-2 International Friendly
01 Mar 1974 Egypt v Uganda L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations
03 Mar 1976 Egypt v Uganda L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations
18 Nov 1977 Egypt v Uganda L 1-0 International Friendly
21 Jan 1995 Uganda v Egypt D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations
28 Jul 1995 Egypt v Uganda L 6-0 Africa Cup of Nations
20 Aug 2002 Egypt v Uganda L 2-0 International Friendly
29 Dec 2002 Egypt v Uganda D 0-0 African Games
08 Jan 2005 Egypt v Uganda L 3-0 International Friendly
27 Dec 2005 Egypt v Uganda L 2-0 LG Cup
08 Jan 2011 Egypt v Uganda L 1-0 International Friendly
17 Jan 2011 Egypt v Uganda L 3-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2012 Egypt v Uganda L 2-1 International Friendly
14 Aug 2013 Egypt v Uganda L 3-0 International Friendly
21 Jan 2017 Egypt v Uganda  L  1-0 Africa Cup of Nations

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