Mohamed Elneny’s Egypt sealed safe passage to the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations last night as they beat Ghana 1-0 to secure top spot in Group D.
A rasping free-kick by former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, scored on 11 minutes, was enough to secure the three points and sets up a quarter-final showdown with Morocco on Sunday. The Black Stars also qualified and will play DR Congo.
Elneny played the full 90 minutes in the centre of the park. Given the timing of the next game, he’s unlikely to feature in Arsenal’s game with Watford on Tuesday even if Egypt exit the tournament.