Egypt through to last eight
African Cup of Nations holders Egypt booked a spot in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Mozambique.
Last Updated: 18/01/10 10:27am
African Cup of Nations holders Egypt booked a spot in the quarter-finals of the 2010 renewal with a 2-0 win over Mozambique.
Fresh from beating Nigeria in their opening Group C encounter, Egypt took the lead against Mozambique just after half-time through Dario Khan's own goal.
And the defending champions made certain of the win nine minutes from time when substitute Mohamed Gedo scored to maintain Egypt's 100 per cent record in the group.
Chances were few and far between in the first half but the best of them went to Egypt.
After 25 minutes Hosni Abd Rabo crossed for Shikabala, who controlled well as he cut inside but scuffed his shot, allowing Mozambique goalkeeper Kapango to scramble the ball behind.
Ahmed Fathi then went for goal when Emad Moteab was clear and saw his effort headed behind, much to the annoyance of the striker.
Egypt came close in stoppage-time as the ball broke to Mohamed Zidan. Paito slid in with an excellent challenge but the ball broke to Moteab, whose angled strike was well saved Kampango.
Egypt went ahead two minutes after the break in somewhat fortunate circumstances.
Hosni sent in a low cross from the right and Khan got to the ball first, but could only send it into his own net.
After 53 minutes, Mozambique - who, as fellow Portuguese speakers, had the backing of the Angolan fans - spurned a glorious chance to pull level.
Tico-Tico found himself alone in the box when the ball spooned up in the air off Mahmoud Fathallah, but he could not control the dipping ball and sent his shot straight at Essam El Hadari.
Egypt responded and Sayed Moawad sent a deflected shot narrowly wide of the far post from an acute angle.
Mozambique had the ball in the net after 58 minutes through Almiro Lobo but the flag was up for offside.
And Egypt sealed the win in some style, as some nice build-up play between Ahmed Hassan and Moteab saw the former play in Gedo.
The substitute flicked the ball up, turned and smashed a volley home.
Mozambique can still qualify if they beat Nigeria in their final group game and Egypt do not lose to Benin.