Egypt's national team captain, Mohamed Salah, scored a late goal from a penalty kick to save “Al-Faraghna” from what would have been a resounding loss to the Mozambique national team in the first round of the second group stage of the 2023 African Cup of Nations, currently being held in Ivory Coast.
The Egyptian national team opened the scoring early through Mostafa Mohamed in the second minute of the match, which took place in the city of Abidjan, before the Mozambique national team turned the tables in the second half, during which it scored two goals, taking advantage of the slow performance of the Pharaohs national team players and their departure far from their usual level.
Witness Joao scored the equalizer for the Mozambique national team in the 55th minute, before Celcio Boakye added the second goal in the 58th minute.
The Egyptian national team 🇪🇬 escapes the trap of defeat with a 2-2 draw with the Mozambican national team 🇲🇿 in its first appearance in the African Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023
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While everyone was preparing for the match to end with the victory of the Mozambican team, Salah scored the equalizer for the Egyptian team in the sixth minute of stoppage time from a penalty kick, depriving the English Liverpool star of the team nicknamed “The Black Snakes” from achieving a historic victory over the Egyptian team, the runner-up of the last edition. For the competition, which holds the record for the most crowned teams in the competition, with 7 titles.
The Egyptian national team was victorious in all five of its previous matches against the Mozambique national team, during which it was unable to score any goal in various competitions, before achieving its first draw with the Pharaohs national team today.
Thus, the two teams obtained the first point in their career in the group, which also includes Ghana and Cape Verde, who will play later today in the same round.