heavily bruised Pharaoh side will have to play total soccer if they are
to avenge themselves against West Africa's Senegalese Lions. Follow Egypt's
first ACN encounter here with minute by minute updates
Essam El Hadary
AbdelZaher El Sakka
Tarek El Said
El Hadj Diouf
0': Kick off - Bebo takes
a long shot on goal, but goes above the cross bar. Fast game with Egypt
sending long balls to Bebo and Mido
5': Ndiyae sends a long ball
to Daf, but offside is called.
10': Dangerous ball deflected
back to Hadary who comes off his line to clear the ball, Hadary is limping
15':Hani tackles Diouf, foul
on right side goes into a goal kick. Radwan takes a 45 yard free kick but
goes way wide. Moussa Ndiyae is booked for arguing with the ref.
20': Coly and Ahmed Hassan
collide, he looks shaken. Another long Egyptian free kick, Mido sends the
35 yard ball high. Egypt manage two crosses inside the Senegal box, but
25': Diouf crosses low in
the box, but Emara clears. Fadiga crosses in, but Hadary rises to grab
his ball. Dangerous foul on the edge of Egypt's box, due to Diouf colliding
with Radwan....ball is luckily blocked. Senegal trying to push the ball
forward, but Egypt's defence hanging in.
30': Long ball to Mido, but
he's called offside. Ball still held in midfield. Emara crosses in, Mido
a yard behind the ball.
35': A totally tactical game
thus far with both teams clamping down on key players. Diouf loose on the
left, crosses in, but Radwan clears. Mido with a great effort, pulling
the ball between two defenders and earning a corner....corner is deflected
back to Sylva. Egypt starting to press a little. Camara tried to break
through on the right, but Said had him covered.
40': A Diouf shot from a
bizzare angle goes way wide. Emara sends another cross in, a bad one this
time. Ramzy tackles Diouf, preventing a dangerous situation. Senegal pressing
now. Tarek El Said fakes a fall in the box and earns a booking.
45': Fadiga almost breaks
into the box from a Camara cross in, but Hani Said clears in time. Mido
takes a ball into the box, and shoots from an impossible angle, too wide.
Camara crosses in dangerously, Radwan heads away. Bebo with the ball in
space, runs wide and slips in the box. ONE MINUTE OF INJURY TIME.
Totally tactical first half,
with both teams killing each other's flanks, leaving Egypt with a useless
Barakat and Tarek El Said, both barely touched the ball. Egypt's defence
looks inspired with El Saka, Hani Said and Radwan performing well. Senegal,
like Egypt are trying to use their wings, but are failing, with Camara
alwaus looking dangerous on the left. Expect a more enthusiastic Barakat/Bebo
combination in the second half, who look like they were saving their first
half energy. Mido is doing all he can, but is not being heloed with all
the innacurate passing.
50': Bebo breaks away from
Diatta, and crosses in, but it's cleared. Ndiaye forces a corner. DANGEROUS
CHANCE, Diouf shoots on goal but Hadary saves well, he's back with a header
that goes barely wide.
55': Senegal looking in the
offensive. Ahmed Hassan with a good effort on the right, but his cross
goes out for a goal kick. Egypt's long balls are all cut out. Long ball
in, but Hadary comes up big.
60': Emara sends a free kick
in to Mido, who's header is deflected away. Mido back heels a ball to Ramzy
who shoots wide, but looks injured. Bebo sends a corner high, for another
corner, which goes to waste.
65': Ramzy comes back on.
Great cross in by Emara, and Barakat pull sit back into play, but out of
danger. Camara breaks through, but Hani Said stops him. Teams are starting
to free up a little, with Egypt starting to work the wings.
70': GREAT SHOT BY DIOUF
from 20 yards out...Hadary with a fingertip save to a corner. Senegal definately
more dangerous. ANOTHER DANGEROUS CHANCE..Hadary comes up bravely to prevent
Camara from scoring. Substitution for Senegal Thaw IN/OUT Moussa Ndiaye
75': Ball held in midfield
now. Camara crosses in low into Hadary's side netting. Mido booked for
handling the ball. Sarr with a pass to Thiaw, but goes out for a corner.
Substitution for Egypt Fahim IN/OUT Barakat, Emam IN/OUT Bebo
80': More midfield tackles,
Emam earns a 25 yard free kick...goes to waste. Diouf passes wonderfully
to Fadgia, who's shot goes inches above the cross bar. Another subbing
for Egypt Tarek El Sayed IN/OUT Tarek El Said
85': Raid of Senegalese attacks,
Diouf crosses in, Sakka clears, very dangerous situation now. GOAL FOR
SENEGAL...a corner is punched out by Hadary and Lamine Diatta heads into
an empty net where three Egyptian defenders couldn't clear. SUbbing for
Senegal Diop IN/OUT Diaw. WHAT IS AHMED HASSAN DOING! he misses an clear
chance infront of goal.
90': HADARY SAVES ANOTHER
GOAL...Diouf cuts the ball from Hani Said and goes unchallenged towards
goal, he tries to fake Hadary who makes a desperate successful save. Senegalese
players are taking rough to Fahim. Fadiga almost breaks through but is
caught offside. Eama takes two defenders on but takes a weak shot on goal
instead of passing to an empty Ahmed Hassan. Ball is cleared by Fadiga
infront of Ahmed HAssan. Mido sends a header over the bar, it's all Egyptian
Moroccan referee Mohammed
El Gazzaz lets out the final whistle, with Senegal winning 1-0. Some scuffles
almost erupt between players.
Egypt should conceed defeat
knowing that they were not the better team on the pitch. Senegal pressed
on for most of the second half, while Tony Sylva did not have a single
save to make throughout the entire match, which goes to show Egypt's offesnive
impotency. The Lions have thus proved once and for all who did deserve
to go to Korea/Japan. Egypt's game was marred by bad passing, and a lack
of linkage between midfield and offence.
match data as published
by CAF Online:
Referee: Mohamed Guezzaz
Ass. Referees: Paulo
Ribeiro (POR), Brighton Mudzamiri (ZIM)
Scorer: Lamine Diatta
Egypt: 16-Essam El Hadary,
3-Mohamed Omara, 4-Hany Ramzy, 5-Abdelzaher El Saqqa, 6-Hany Said, 8-Yasser
Radwan, 11-Tarek Said (21-Tarek Said 81), 12- Mohamed Barakat (2-Amr Fahim
75), 17-Ahmed Hassan, 7-Khaled Bebo (14-Hazem Emam 75), 18-Ahmed Hossam
Senegal: 1-Tony Sylva,
2-Omar Daf, 3-Pape Sarr (19-Pape Bouba Diop 84), 17-Ferdinand Coly, 6-Aliou
Cisse, 7-Henri Camara, 10-Fadiga Khalilou, 11-El Hadj Ousseynou Diof, 13-Lamine
Diatta, 14-Moussa Ndiaye (18-Pape Bouna Thiaw 68), 15-Alassani Diao
Egypt: 11 - Hamza (39),
18 - A. Hossam (72)
Senegal: 14- Ndiaye (15)