AFCON 2021: Egypt beat Togo 3-1 to go top of Group G

Egypt beat Togo 3-1 to go top of Group G

Egypt made easy work of their clash against Togo even without talisman Mohammed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohammed Elneny who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Pharaohs’ first goal came against the run of play in the 18th minute and came thanks to a touch of class from Mohamed Magdi, as he stole into the area and squared the keeper up before scoring into the right-hand corner.

The second came just after the half-hour mark as debutant Mohamed Sherif pounced on a poor back-header from Djene Dakonam to score.

The win was effectively sealed in the 52nd minute as a free kick from the Egypt left was allowed to bounce all the way over the Togo defence, leaving Trezeguet all the time he needed to connect with it with his right foot.

Togo’s consolation came in injury time from a corner that was not properly cleared allowing Elom Nya-Vedji to slam the ball home.

That result means that Egypt and Comoros both have eight points and look the most likely to reach the finals.

Kenya, who suffered a shock 2-1 loss in Comoros on Sunday have three points and are the only other team who can qualify from the group, with games against Egypt and Togo left to play.