Mohamed Salah Hero As Egypt Advance To Extend AFCON Absence From Liverpool

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Mohamed Salah is heading to the quarter-finals after Egypt overcame the Ivory Coast on penalties at the African Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Salah was the hero as the Liverpool forward kept alive hopes of Africa Cup of Nations glory with Egypt.

Salah netted the decisive spot-kick as the Pharaohs beat Ivory Coast 5-4 on penalties following a tense goalless draw against Ivory Coast in their round of 16 clashes on Wednesday in Cameroon.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly was the only player to miss when his effort was saved by substitute Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski.

Egypt, who had scored just twice during the group stage, were again largely uninspired, although Salah – who provided one of the goals – came close with one first-half effort.

Salah will now lead his side in their quarter-final clash with Morocco on Sunday, with Egypt still on course to face Sadio Mane and Senegal in the final.

Mane was seemingly knocked unconscious shortly before scoring the opener in his country’s 2-0 win over Cape Verde on Tuesday and, although he was replaced shortly afterward and taken to hospital for tests, he is believed likely to be fit for Sunday’s quarter-final.

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