Salah hits brilliant opener as Egypt beat Uganda to seal last-16 spot in Africa Cup of Nations

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MO SALAH’s stunning free-kick helped Egypt keep their perfect record in the Africa Cup of Nations as they beat Uganda 2-0 to reach the last 16.

The Liverpool striker curled a 36th minute opener before Aston Villa right-back Ahmed Elmohamady powered home a drive in first-half stoppage time – each star now having two goals in this Cairo tournament.

Liverpool striker Mo Salah puts Egypt on the way as they notched up a comfortable 2-0 win
Liverpool’s Mo Salah puts Egypt on the way to a tough 2-0 win
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Mo Salah celebrates netting the opener as Egypt beat Uganda 2-0 to win their group and reach the last 16
Mo Salah celebrates netting the opener as Egypt beat Uganda 2-0 to win their group and reach the last 16
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Ahmed Elmohamady hails his match-clinching goal against Uganda
Ahmed Elmohamady hails his match-clinching goal against Uganda
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Both players are still on a high after Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds won the Champions League and Villa beat Derby in the Championship play-off final.

And although much-fancied Egypt topped Group A with three wins, runners-up Uganda also qualified for the knockout stages ahead of DR Congo and Zimbabwe.

That was just what Uganda deserved as they dictated the opening period against the seven-time tournament winners.

Lively duo Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi both tested Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, only for Salah to net from his side’s first effort on target.

El-Shenawy then twice foiled Lumala Abdu, but Egypt skipper Elmohamady neatly tucked in Ayman Ashraf’s pull-back.


Uganda pressed again early in the second half, Muya threatening with two free-kicks.

But Salah nearly added a highly-flattering third goal, Denis Onyango producing a brilliant save.

Uganda will not be too disappointed, though – as this is the first time they have qualified for the last 16 since 1978, when they lost the final 2-0 to Ghana.

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