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Egypt Stages Comeback Against Ghana Despite Salah’s Early Exit

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Egypt exhibited resilience, coming from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw against Ghana. The encounter, however, was marred by the early departure of Egypt’s captain and talisman, Mohamed Salah, due to injury in the first half.

Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus emerged as the star of the match, scoring both goals for his team. Kudus opened the scoring with a spectacular 20-meter strike soon after Salah’s departure.

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Despite losing their key player, Egypt found an equalizer in the second half when Omar Marmoush capitalized on a Ghana defensive error to level the score.

However, Kudus was quick to strike again, restoring Ghana’s lead and showcasing his crucial role in their pursuit of a fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.

The drama unfolded further as Mostafa Mohamed levelled the score for Egypt in 74 minutes, leaving Ghana with just one point from two matches in the tournament.

The contest was a battle on the field and a test of resilience for both teams. Egypt coach Rui Vitoria expressed concern over Salah’s injury, stating, “We don’t know yet what is the problem. I hope it’s not a big problem. It is too early to say something.”

Vitoria emphasized the importance of overcoming challenges, saying, “Nobody wins the title without coming through difficult games…today we showed, mainly in the second half, the courage and quality of this team.”

Ghana, on the other hand, faced frustration as they struggled to secure a victory. Ghana boss Chris Hughton, visibly disappointed, commented on the outcome, saying, “Of course, it’s very frustrating because I felt we deserved to win the game.”

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Hughton made strategic changes to the lineup, including the return of Kudus and Spain-born striker Inaki Williams, recognizing the stakes in avoiding a second successive first-round exit.

The first half of the match was relatively quiet, with Emam Ashour’s 43rd-minute shot being the first on target. However, the game took a dramatic turn when Salah had to leave the field, prompting Ghana’s counter-attack and Kudus’ opening goal.

Despite being shocked after Salah’s exit, Egypt showcased their fighting spirit with Marmoush’s equalizer and subsequent moments of attacking prowess. Williams’ ill-advised backpass provided the opportunity for Marmoush to draw level.

However, with his second goal, Kudus once again shifted the momentum in Ghana’s favour.

Ghana’s defensive lapses continued to haunt them as substitute Osman Bukari’s mistake allowed Mahmoud Trezequet to set up Mohamed for the equalizer.

The rollercoaster of emotions peaked as Ashour’s late attempt to snatch victory was thwarted by a solid save from Ghana’s goalkeeper, Richard Ofori.

As the dust settles on this intense encounter, Egypt and Ghana find themselves with only one point each from back-to-back draws.

Ghana’s hopes of redemption now hinge on their upcoming clash with Mozambique, while Egypt awaits further updates on Salah’s condition.

The Africa Cup of Nations continues to deliver unpredictable and captivating football, keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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