The results not only reshuffled the group standings but also sent shockwaves through the tournament, proving that underdogs can truly bite.
Egypt Secures Knockout Berth with Late Heroics
Egypt’s Pharaohs faced off against a determined Cape Verdean side, and the match lived up to its billing.
The Egyptians took the lead early on through the in-form Mostafa Mohamed, putting them firmly in control.
However, Cape Verde refused to back down, equalising through Júlio Tavares just before halftime.
The second half saw a tense battle unfold, with both teams trading blows.
Just when it seemed like the match would end in a stalemate, substitute Mahmoud Trezeguet stepped up for Egypt.
In the third minute of stoppage time, he pounced on a loose ball in the box and fired a clinical shot past the Cape Verdean goalkeeper, sending the Egyptian fans into raptures.
Egypt are on to the final! ????
— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 4, 2023
This dramatic late winner secured Egypt’s place in the knockout rounds with just three points, leaving Cape Verde at the top of the table with seven points.
Ghana’s Dream Turns into a Nightmare as Mozambique Stuns
The Black Stars of Ghana seemed to be cruising towards qualification after taking a commanding 2-0 lead against Mozambique.
However, the Mambas had other plans. In a sensational display of fighting spirit, Mozambique clawed their way back into the game.
First, it was Geny Catamo who found the net in the 90th minute, sending a wave of disbelief through the Ghanaian ranks.
Then, with just seconds remaining in stoppage time, Reinildo Mandara delivered the sucker punch, heading home a corner to complete the astonishing comeback.
Ricardo Guima bringing entertainment to Mozambique vs. Ghana ✨
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 23, 2024
This dramatic turnaround resulted in Ghana’s effective elimination from the tournament.
Mozambique, on the other hand, will also be joining the Black Stars to book a flight back home.
With all the drama unfolding, one thing is certain: the Africa Cup of Nations is far from over.
Underdogs are rising, established teams are faltering, and every match promises to be a nail-biter.
So buckle up and get ready for more captivating football action!