Although Togo threatened Egypt on several occasions, it was the Pharaohs who proved to be more effective with first-half goals from Al-Ahly playmaker Magdy Afsha and first appearance Mohamed Sharif as well as a second-half goal from Aston Villa’s wing Mahmoud Trezeguet. .
Elom Nya-Vedji takes an injury time consolation for Togo, who is now out of contention for a place in the Cameroon Finals in early 2022.. .
Egypt, which beat Togo 1-0 at home on Saturday, was on par with the surprise Comoros group, with eight points each, five points behind third-placed Kenya.. . Togo is rooted below in a unilateral point.
If Egypt, the eight-time African champion, survived a defeat away to Kenya in March, they would qualify for the Nations Cup with only one match remaining in Group G.. .
Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry made seven changes to his basic formation due to several absences, with the absence of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed El-Niny after his contract with Covid-19.. .
Afsha made a rare start while Sherif, loaned to Enppi from Al-Ahly, made his debut after scoring 14 goals with sixth-placed in the Egyptian Premier League last season.. .
Togo had the best of early exchanges, revealing weaknesses in the heart of the Egyptian defense as newly signed Jeddah Union defender Ahmed Hegazy was repeatedly defeated..
Kodjo Fo Doh Laba made his best shot after 10 minutes, passing the ball past Hijazi to overtake him and sprinting towards goal, only to send his angled shot across the six-yard area.. .
Bennell also sent a free header over the bar two minutes after a cross from the right winger.
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy made a wonderful stop to thwart what could have been an own goal by Hegazy before scoring Afsha in the net in the match in 18 minutes. .
He robbed a midfielder after being pressed, collected tepid defensive clearance and cut inside another defender before he fired a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Sharif added the second goal in 32 minutes when the last Togo defender missed a kick by El-Shenawi to drop the 24-year-old, who struck the ball into the net past the leading goalkeeper.. .
Tojo Hardy gave up though, rejecting an apparent opportunity early in the second half when Matteo Dossivi hit the ball over the crossbar after he was found unmarked on the far post.. .
But any hopes they had to return soon faded, and Trezeguet al-Kamen added the second goal in the 52nd minute when Ayman Ashraf evaded a long free kick from the midfield of the entire defense and escorted him to his shot into the net.. .
Both teams had other chances to score in the final half, with Togo’s final bonus after three minutes of extra time when Nia-Fiji fired a shot from close range after a stampede from the mouth of the goal.. .
But the time was very short, it was too late as Egypt ran out of winners to make up for the disappointing start of its qualifying campaign, which made it settle for a draw with Comoros and Kenya in the first two matches.. .
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