Salah Rescues Egypt with Late Penalty in AFCON 2023 Opener Against Mozambique

Salah's late penalty rescues Egypt in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Mozambique in the AFCON 2023 opener.

In a thrilling opening match of AFCON 2023, Mohamed Salah and his Egyptian side showcased resilience, securing a 2-2 draw against Mozambique. Egypt, the record-time African champions, faced an intense battle in Group B, with Mozambique almost pulling off an upset.

Egypt dominated the early proceedings, with Salah creating the first goal just two minutes into the game. Mostafa Mohamed efficiently converted Salah’s delivery, giving Egypt a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Egyptians could have doubled their advantage, but Mahmoud Trezeguet’s shot struck the crossbar in the 25th minute.

The second half saw a remarkable comeback from Mozambique. Witi leveled the score in the 55th minute, and Clesio Bauque swiftly added another goal in the 58th minute, surprising the record AFCON champions. As it seemed Egypt was headed for their first defeat, a late penalty in extra time provided a lifeline. Mohamed Salah stepped up and calmly netted his first goal of the competition, salvaging a crucial point for Egypt.

While Egypt faced a stern challenge from Mozambique, Nigeria also encountered resistance, settling for a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea. Victor Osimhen opened his account in the tournament, adding excitement to the race for the Golden Boot.

Looking ahead, Egypt is set for a tough test against Ghana in their next group match, aiming to secure a more comfortable position in Group B. Meanwhile, Mozambique will face Cape Verde in their second group-stage encounter.

The AFCON 2023 opener sets the stage for an intense and unpredictable tournament, with the continent’s football powerhouses facing stiff competition in their quest for glory.

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