Mo Salah Shines as Egypt advanced to the AFCON semi-finals thanks to Liverpool star equalizer and Aston Villa striker Trezeguet’s extra-time winner, which gave Egypt a 2-1 victory over Morocco.
Egypt and Morocco clashed in the last-16, with Premier League superstar Mo Salah appearing to give his team the upper hand. However, it was Soufiane Boufal, a former Southampton player, who scored first when Achraf Hakimi was felled in the area by Ayman Ashraf after three minutes.
Despite the expertise of manager Carlos Queiroz, it took several minutes for the referee to examine VAR and then for the penalty to be awarded, they were untroubled in the first half by an Egyptian XI who struggled to break down Morocco’s defense.
Salah equalized in the second half after a defensive scramble in the box following a corner, but neither side could find a winner before the end of ordinary time.
Salah was at the heart of Egypt’s winning goal, feinting past his opponent down the wing before teeing up Trezeguet for a goal on 100 minutes to send Egypt into the semis for the seventh time.
Egypt’s Struggle Continues
Egypt failed to establish themselves in the first half and owed their development to Salah. They were relegated to taking punts from afar without him because they lacked inventiveness.
Their striker was good enough to help them advance against Morocco, but Cameroon will have the attention of a squad that is backed and under pressure from their own fans.
They will not, as Morocco did, lose concentration – they will hope.If they don’t get their act together, they might not be able to win their eighth AFCON.
His equalizer wasn’t spectacular, but it was crucial, and when it came to setting up the winner, it was his calm demeanor under pressure that ensured an easy finish for the winner when others could have faltered.
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Salah was rather quiet for the majority of the game, but he has a habit of showing up for his various clubs at important times, and he did so again here.