El-Said’s Late Strike Sends Uganda Home

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Egyptian substitute Abdallah El-Said’s 89th-minute strike has recorded a vital three points for Egypt and in the meantime has knocked out Uganda from the AFCON.

El-Said scored after being teed up from midfielder Mohammad Salah with just one minute of regulation time remaining as he fired firmly past Uganda shot-stopper Denis Onyango.

The goal was one of the few highlights of a game that rarely got out of first gear.
Earlier Uganda correctly had a goal ruled offside from the boot of Joseph Ochaya.

The pitch was in a poor state and gradually deteriorated throughout the match making it difficult for consistent play through the middle third of the field.

Egypt struggled to break down the resolute defence of Uganda who made it hard for a large majority of the match.
Uganda playing in its first AFCON tournament since 1978 couldn’t match their resolute defence with any meaningful attacking raids and was constantly found wanting when it made it into the attacking half of the Egyptians.
It did force Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary to punch out a few crosses but Uganda still failed to put a shot on target during this period.

Egypt had chances galore down the other end but it all looked to be in vein after El-Said blasted over the bar when unmarked and Marwan Mohsen’s firmly hit header was comfortably saved by Onyango.
Just when it seemed it would be settling for a second consecutive goalless draw, Salah who was quiet for large periods of the game popped a neat pass to an unmarked El-Said to knock home the winner as Egypt charged to second in Group D.

In the final Group D games, Mali face Uganda (needing Ghana to defeat Egypt by two goals or more, and Mali to defeat win-less Uganda) to sneak into the quarter finals.

In the earlier game, Ghana qualified for the Quarter Finals with a 1-0 in over Mali.

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