Egypt leapfrogged Ghana to the top of Group D at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-0 victory at the Stade de Port-Gentil on Wednesday night.
- Egypt 1 Ghana 0
- Salah fires in a 10th minute free kick
- Gyan goes off injured in the 40th minute
- Ghana plays DR Congo in the quarters
- Egypt meets Morocco
Having allowed Egypt to grab an early lead, the Black Stars enjoyed most of the play in the first half but failed to threaten the opposition goal. Essam El-Hadary was the difference in the second stanza, making some outstanding saves to keep out the Ghanaians.
After a couple of shots from range for both sides, the Pharaohs took the lead from a Mohamed Salah free kick in the 10th minute – a viciously-struck effort still rising as it tore into the back of the net.
Ghana looked to hit back and put some dangerous balls into their opponent's box, but Egypt's veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary was up to the task each time.
Instead it was the north Africans who had the next clear chance to score when a poor clearance from Black Stars keeper Razak Brimah in the 39th minute saw the ball falling to Marwan Mohsen, but he put the ball onto the roof of the net from 20-yards out with the goal unguarded.
There was a setback for the west African side six minutes before the break when captain and main target-man Asamoah Gyan was forced off with what appeared a groin injury. It appears his continued participation at the tournament is now in doubt.
Their best opportunity of the opening half came a minute before the break when Daniel Amartey arrived at the back post to get on the end of a free kick, but the Leicester City man's diving header flashed just wide.
The Black Stars remained on top after the restart, with Christian Atsu leading the way in attack with some purposeful running.
He was unlucky in the 57th minute when after storming into the box, the ball took a nasty bobble just as he was about to let fly with a shot.
The 44-year-old El-Hadary was then tested twice in quick succession, doing very well to prevent Atsu and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu from scoring.
Ghana coach Avram Grant saw his side pushing and probing for chances, but they had to wait until the 89th minute for their next opportunity, which saw Jordan Ayew being thwarted by El-Hadary, who made a fantastic diving save.
That proved to be their final chance as Egypt held on to win a clash between two of Africa's traditional super powers.