AFCON 2017: Egypt Book Semi-Final Spot After Narrow 1-0 Win Over MoroccoEgypt manage a narrow late winner to edge Morocco 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Sunday night to advance into the last four of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
A late goal from substitute Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim secured the Pharaohs’ first win over their North African rivals for more than 30 years as they book a clash with Burkina Faso in the last four on Wednesday.
The defeat brings an end to the dream of Morocco coach Herve Renard to become the first man to win the Afcon with three different teams after success with Zambia and the Ivory Coast.
In a clash of similar styles, seven-time champions Egypt created the first opening in the 15th minute when Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross from the right fell for Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, whose powerful near-post shot was parried by goalkeeper Munir Mohand.
Five minutes later Morocco missed a great chance to shoot ahead as defender Romain Saïss fluffed his lines from just a couple of metres out, before putting a looping header onto the top of the crossbar.
Hector Cuper’s men had another chance to break the deadlock four minutes into the second-half when Mohamed Salah broke free from the right side of the penalty area only to see his well-hit shot brilliantly saved by Munir.
Morocco then took charge of proceedings, with big striker Aziz Bouhaddouz missing a tap-in, before Mbark Boussoufa rattled the crossbar with a blistering 25-yard drive.
At the other end, Munir produced a big save from a Sallah half-volley after the Roma star was brilliantly set up by Abdullah El-Said’s chipped free-kick.
But the goalkeeper could do little to stop Abdel-Moneim from scoring the decisive goal in the 88th minute following hesitant defending from star defender Medhi Benata.