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In-form Egypt advance

January 16, 2010

Nigeria 1 Benin 0
Egypt 2 Mozambique 0

Complexo de Sr. Da Garca, Benguela
African Cup of Nations Group C
16th January 2010

Defending African Cup of Nations champions Egypt have qualified for the knockout stage with a game to spare.

Their 2-0 victory over Mozambique demonstrated their quality throughout, as they exposed their opponents’ limited ability. Dario Khan put the ball into his own goal shortly after half time, and Gedo sealed the victory towards the end of the game with a stunning strike from the edge of the area.

Emad Moteab has helped Egypt to two wins out of two - BBC

Egypt beat Nigeria 3-1 on Tuesday with a strong display, taking advantage Super Lions centre back and captain Joseph Yobo’s suspect performance. Yobo was taken off injured in the day’s earlier game, as his Everton team-mate Yakubu scored the only goal of the match from the penalty spot against Benin, who hit the bar twice.

Nigeria are now well-placed to progress with Egypt – a win against Mozambique on Wednesday will secure their quarter-final berth.

Mozambique and Benin shared four goals in their match last week, and only a win in their final group game will give them a chance of taking second place in Group C.

Egypt, though, look the strongest side in the competition so far, with Mohamed Zidan and Emad Moteab excelling. Moteab in particular has demonstrated the useful habit of getting in dangerous positions, though his constant sniping at the officials is grating; Zidan’s passing has proved exceptional in the opening two games.

And, with Cameroon’s surprise defeat to Gabon last week, there is a fair chance the Pharoahs will avoid the Indomitable Lions in the first knockout stage.

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