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Egypt defeats Guinea 3-1 in final AFCON warm-up

Monday 17/June/2019 - 09:21 AM
Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah
Translated and Edited by Hassnein Tayea
Egypt achieved a 3-1 friendly victory over Guinea in their final African Cup of Nations warm-up on Sunday night.
The two teams met on the pitch of Borg Al-Arab stadium at 9:00 pm Cairo Local Time.

A bright start saw Egypt lay siege to Guinea's area، with defender Mahmoud Hamdi spurning a golden chance to open the scoring as early as the second minute when his close-range shot was cleared off the line after Aly Keita could only parry a cunning free-kick from playmaker Abdallah El-Said.

Lone striker Marwan Mohsen also intercepted a poor pass from Keita، who redeemed himself to block his weak curling shot.

However، the Ahly man made amends in superb fashion to give Egypt a deserved lead on 11 minutes. El-Said flicked a pass to the 30-year-old، who turned and hit an unstoppable right-foot shot from distance that caught out the advancing keeper.

Egypt failed to kill off the game in the early stages of the second half، with winger Mahmoud Trezeguet mis-hitting his shot twice when clean through after skipping past his challengers on both occasions.

They were punished in the 63rd minute when Kaba pounced on a poor back pass from Gaber to fire a low shot past keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi.

But Salah ensured Egypt would not be embarrassed، drawing cheers from the crowd when his superb effort helped the Pharaohs regain their advantage in the 78th minute.

He also fed the overlapping Gaber four minutes from time، with the Pyramids man's shot deflecting off the defender to wrong-foot Keita for the third goal.

Egypt secured another win after beating Tanzania 1-0 on Thursday، although their form and signs of defensive weaknesses will be alarming before the tournament gets underway.

Egypt opens their Nations Cup campaign against Zimbabwe on Friday at Cairo's International Stadium.

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