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Egypt finish third after beating Senegal
12-10-2011
           
 
Egypt U-23 team finished third in the inaugural CAF U-23 African Championship after a 2-0 win over Senegal in Marrakech. The win also ensures that Hany Ramzy‘s side will be playing at the London 2012 Olympic finals along with Morocco and Gabon. Senegal will get another chance to try and reach London via a play off scheduled for next April against a team from Asia.
Egypt was the first to create meaningful chances and seemed to settle down to a pattern quicker than Senegal. Mohamed Salah got to the end of a cross from the right and gave the Senegalese keeper Papa Demba Camara his first test. Salah was at it again when he shook off a defender before shooting but the tame shot though on target saved easily by the goalkeeper
In the 12 minute some neat passes from Egypt breached the Senegalese defence but Mohamed El Neny‘s final ball intended for Marwan Mohsen was cut off by Camara who had rushed off his line
Senegalese attacks far and few 23 minutes into the game. Threatened the most though in 23rd when Saliou Ciss skillfully accelerated past Hegazi before sending a cross which Egypt did well to block. A few minutes Ibrahim Seck earned a free-kick which was on target as Senegal grew into the game.
Good work on right flank by Oumar Niasse ended up with a cross that Omar Wade got his head to but an Egyptian deflection brought Senegal their first corner.
32ND Mohamed Abdel Baset took advantage of a mix up and some hesitant defending to knock the ball past Camara for the first goal of the match.
Wade‘s pace took him past Aly Fathy who pulled him back right of the edge of the box. Captain Stephane Badji sent in a delightful free-kick which was finger-tipped for a corner by Ahmed El Shenawi in goal for Egypt. Shenawi‘s afternoon got busier as Senegal took more shots on target.
Another free-kick 30 meters from Shenawi’s goal awarded on the stroke of half time for Senegal and Abdoulaye BA‘s shot was mere centimeters over the cross bar.
Senegal coach Abdoulaye Sarr brought in Khassim Soumare for Abdoulaye Sane
Senegal came back from the break in a hurry and had the Egyptians on the back foot as corner after corner was the taken. Niasse laid back for Badji to shot just outside the box and the hard hit shot sailed over the cross bar with Shenawi beaten
Egyptian coach Hany Ramzy got off his bench to give instructions as Senegal dominated play putting Shenawi’s goal under immense pressure. The goalkeeper was called upon to make saves and in the 65th minute his outstretched legs prevent a
 
68th minute Saleh Gomaa increased Egypt’s lead when he shot from around the penalty spot into the bottom right hand corner beyond the diving Camara. Senegal was rocked and coach Sarr made his final substitute bringing in Paul Tendeng for Niasse.   
Almost straight after the goal Wade tapped in at the far post from a cross on the right but the assistant referee had his flag up for offside. Wade earned himself a yellow card for over protesting. Senegal was rocked and coach Sarr made his final substitute bringing in Paul Tendeng for Niasse.   
Egypt put men behind the ball protecting their lead and Senegal kept possession but seemed to run out the correct ideas to beat El Shenawi. As the legs got tired the Senegalese resorted to long range shots most of which went off target an after four added minute to the regulation 90 minutes it was Hany Ramzy and his young Pharaohs who were celebrating.
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