Sunday 18 August 2019

Salah strikes to help Egyptians walk into last-16 with perfect record

A dejected Luis Suarez and team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez following their penalty shoot-out defeat to Peru which saw Uruguay exit the Copa America. Photo: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images
A dejected Luis Suarez and team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez following their penalty shoot-out defeat to Peru which saw Uruguay exit the Copa America. Photo: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Egypt's Mohamed Salah curled in a free-kick, his second goal of this year's Africa Cup of Nations, to set his side on the way to a 2-0 win over Uganda last night as they topped their group while their opponents joined them in the last-16.

Ahmed Elmohamady was also on target as Egypt, who had already qualified, completed Group A with a 100 per cent record in their three games and no goals conceded.

Although the result was harsh on Uganda after they dominated the opening half hour, they went through in second place with four points after Democratic Republic of Congo beat Zimbabwe 4-0. Congo finished with three points and Zimbabwe one.

Exit

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez missed in the shoot-out as 15-times Copa America champions Uruguay suffered a galling quarter-final exit to Peru.

Uruguay lost 5-4 on penalties after they had three goals ruled out in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.

Suarez spurned the first penalty in the shoot-out as his shot bounced off the chest of Peru 'keeper Pedro Gallese, completing a frustrating evening for Uruguay's all-time top scorer, who also had an effort ruled out for offside.

Every other player converted their spot-kicks and Edison Flores sealed unfancied Peru's place in the last four by blasting past Fernando Muslera. Peru will next face Chile, with tournament hosts Brazil meeting arch rivals Argentina in the other semi-final.

Uruguay dominated the play during the game but Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and then Suarez all had goals chalked off for offsides which were verified by VAR checks.

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