In a duel between champions, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester forward, gave the victory to Nigeria and embittered the debut in the Africa Cup to Egypt, whose great figure, Mohamed Salah, did not have his day, as did his teammates (1-0 ). It is the Egyptians’ first defeat in an African Cup group stage in 17 years.
Mohamed Salah, who initially played in the center and not on the right as he does with Liverpool, was very isolated, well watched by Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong. The star of Jürgen Klopp’s team ended the first half frustrated and moved to the right. Salah had a good chance in the second, but it was not enough to prevent Nigeria’s just triumph in group D.
Egypt, the team that has won the African Cup the most times (seven, in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010), fell to Nigeria, who has won it three times ((1980, 1994, 2013 ).
It was in the 31st minute when, after a cross from Moses Simon, the Egyptian defense was unable to intercept. The ball went to Iheanacho, who scored with a shot from about 11 meters. It was the prize for dominance in Nigeria. Already at 27 ‘Simon had a good opportunity. And in the 43 ‘Awoniyi, but Mohamed El Shenawy, Egypt’s goalkeeper, caught the ball.
Already in the second half Iheanacho was able to score the second in 58 ‘. In 72 ‘Salah had his first chance, in a boarding school, assisted by Monem, but Okoye avoided Egypt’s goal. In 82’ the VAR ruled that there was no penalty on Monem. In 92 ‘none of his teammates could take advantage of a good center from Salah.