Mohamed Salah's Africa Cup of Nations may have ended, but Egypt qualified from the group stage in dramatic fashion.
Egypt was trailing against Cape Verde in the second half. If that had happened, they would have been third in the group with only two points.
In the other group match, Ghana took a 2-0 lead over Mozambique and appeared to be on their way to qualifying.
But in extra time everything changed.
Mozambique reduced the score to 2-1 in the first minute of extra time, while Egypt took the lead three minutes into extra time with a goal scored by Mostafa Mohamed that was verified long before the video assistant referee.
Then Mozambique equalized a few minutes later. Ghana thus finished third in the group with two points.
– I'm at a loss for words. I do not know what to say. Thank you very much for the support, said the distressed Mohammed Quddus after the match.
Cape Verde isn't finished either. They tied it up again a full nine minutes into extra time. The Egyptian players did not realize at the time that Ghana stumbled and sat desperately on the carpet.
In the end, Cape Verde's last result meant nothing. They top the group ahead of Egypt, while Ghana are likely to exit the tournament.
Salah returns to Liverpool on Wednesday to rehabilitate from a hamstring injury. Earlier on Monday, Salah's agent came out and said that the injury was worse than initially thought. Egypt is still hoping to bring back its big star in the semi-finals or finals.
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