Egypt has secured top spot in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations after a composed 1-0 win over Ghana in action this evening.
With top spot in the group on the line both sides made frantic starts as it tried to assert dominance.
Egypt got the first opportunity of the match and made it count as Roma player Mohamed Salah glided a free kick through the wall of the Black Stars and into the back of the net.
There was a gap in the wall of the Ghana defence which wouldn’t have pleased coach Avram Grant.
Needing just a point to advance to the quarter finals, Egypt was content to sit back and absorb any pressure that was thrown at it by Ghana.
That said, Ghana still had opportunities and would have been disappointed that Daniel Amartey headed wide when he should at the very least have hit the target.
Later on Emmanuel Badu low drive from 25 yards was well dealt with by 44-year-old Egyptian shot stopper Essam El Hadary.
He also made a smart save when Jordan Ayew hit a fizzing shot late on.
For all of the possession, Ghana struggled to create enough meaningful chances and were frustrated by the deep lying Egyptian defence.
In deflating news for Ghana, Asamoah Gyan was taken from the field on 40 minutes with injury as is no certainty of lining up in the quarter final clash. If lost for that game, Ghana could find itself in a bit of trouble offensively.
Egypt will face Morocco in a blockbuster quarter final clash whilst group D runners up Ghana tackle DR Congo.
The other Group D game finished 1-1 between Uganda and Mali.
Photo credit: getty images