Action as it happened: AFCON 2019 – Egypt v Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe national team take on Egypt in a 2019 opener at the Cario Stadium. Sunday Chidzambwa has gone for an attacking start line up for the key match. 

Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe


90′ Four minutes added.

90′ Darikwa crosses the ball into the box to find Khama who fails to connect properly and shoots wide.

89′ Khama swings the ball to far side to find Chawapiwa who sends a beautiful cross to Rusike whose header goes over.

86′ Chipezeze goes down to deny Salah.

85′ Zim Sub: Chawapiwa replaces Musona.

80′ Zim Sub: Rusike replaces Mushekwi.

78′ Injured Sibanda goes down at the other end as Chipezeze replaces him.

76′ Zim with a quick build-up and Karuru is at the end of it and tries a long range effort which goes straight into the hands of the keeper.

72′ Egypt Sub: Warda replaces El Said.

71′ Munetsi with an ambitious long range effort, but goes an inch wide.

69′ Free-kick to Egypt, send into the box, Hadebe clears for a corner-kick.

68′ Salah breaks free and hits on target from a short range, but Sibanda makes a great save to concede a corner-kick.

66′ Musona beats his makers and sets up Karuru into the box, but he fails to reachi the ball.

63′ Egypt Sub: Soliman replaces Mohsen.

60′ Play temporarily stopped as Sibanda gets medical attention after receiving a knock while saving a dangerous ball.

58′ Billiat sends a good ball to Musona who fails to finish

54′ Free-kick to Zim, swung into the box by Khama, but keeper collects.

52′ Zim with a patient build-up but Karuru fails to keep possession in a promising position.

50′ Trezeguet gets some space and tries to curl his shot but Sibanda’s finger-tip touch sees the ball goes off for a corner-kick which is cleared.

48′ Billiat threads a through pass to Mushekwi who is breaks free but the referee blows for an offside.

45′ 2 minutes of added time

42′ Salah with a well struck shot but goes wide

41′ GOAL!!! Egypt take the lead through Trezguet with a well taken shot, after Musona lose ball in crucial moment

37′ Warriors growing in confidence as Egypt show signs of frustration

36′ So close Billiat almost scores following a quickly taken free free kick,  but shot saved

35′ Warriors win free-kick , Billiat hits it but goes way over the bar, fails to trouble Egyptian defence

34′ Salah corner gives Egypt good chance at far post but fail to hit target

31′ Referee stops play for water break

30′ Salah with shot but Sibanda is there to stop it again!

24′ Two quick chances for Warriors Musona shot blocked with a sliding tackle, Karuru fails to react quickly enough to shoot on chance straight after

23′ Warriors struggling to hold onto the ball and losing possession cheaply but still holding on

20’Karuru makes a good recovery but Billiat fails to release ball early enough and loses possession

16′ Hadebe beaten by Salah but the Egyptian striker shoots over,Warriors survive

12′ Salah with a slick attack but Warriors survive, Sibanda down receiving treatment

11′ Musona flights ball into the box but Mushekwi deemed to have fouled keeper while attacking the ball

7′ Egypt launch another attack which results in a corner, Sibanda punches away

6′ First attack by Warriors but poor short corner

5′ Warriors win corner after Karuru pass is blocked

2′ Egypt threaten early with Sibanda forced two quick saves


Starting lineups: 

Egypt XI : El-Shennawy; Mansour, Hegazi, Alaa, Elmohamady; Hamed, Elneny, El-Said, Salah, Trezeguet; Marwan.

Zimbabwe XI: Sibanda, Darikwa, Lunga, Mudimu, Hadebe, Munetsi, Nakamba, Karuru, Musona, Billiat, Mushekwi


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