Egypt have defeated Morocco 2-1 after 120 tiresome minutes in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarterfinal clash at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Sunday evening.
The match saw both teams have a slow start, settling into the contest with little action in the first opening minutes.
However, seven minutes into the showdown, the Atlas Lions’ fluidity and patient passing began to make inroads which lead to a goal by Sofiane Boufal, who converted from a penalty spot.
As the half progressed, with the Pharoahs probing and stretching the game by using every inch of the pitch one felt a reply was imminent, but it was never meant to be.
The showpiece went into the half-time break with Egypt trailing behind by 1-0.
Back out for the last 45 minutes, the Pharoahs came flying out of the blocks with some quick, incisive play and plenty of balls into the box, but clear-cut chances remained at a premium.
The Egyptian side continued to carry more of a threat, searching for an equaliser.
Just eight minutes into the second stanza, Mohamed Salah finally levelled matters and it remained anyone’s game.
The game ended 1-all, which led to an extra-time.
Egypt needed something to lift the tension and the signs were encouraging, with the second goal looming large.
In the 100th minute of the extra-time, Trezeguet added to the scoreline to put Egypt in the front, thanks to Mo Salah’s perfect cross.
The final whistle blew, and it sealed a deserved victory for Carlos Queiroz’s men, who controlled a tight contest throughout and might have won the game with more goals.