Egypt top Group D, Ghana sweat over Gyan

Despite surrendering top spot to Egypt following a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Pharaohs, Ghana coach Avram Grant insists he was impressed with the performance of his side on Wednesday at the Stade de Port-Gentil.

With the win, Egypt finished top of Group D on seven points and will face fellow North Africans Morocco in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Ghana had already qualified for the quarter-finals following victories against Mali and Uganda.

A thumping Mohamed Salah free-kick gave his side victory over Ghana on Wednesday, sealing their place in the knockout rounds of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Egypt starting XI vs Uganda Cranes at AFCON 2017.

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Egypt have won the competition a record seven times - three more times than next best Ghana and Cameroon.

In the 11th minute it was Egypt who took the lead.

The Black Stars were dealt a blow just shy of the half-time break when star striker Asamoah Gyan went down in a heap to be replaced by Jordan Ayew.

In the second half, Ghana upped the tempo a bit but 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary perfectly dealt with their half-chances as he continues to defy his age.

Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady made a rare start as a right back, with the solid Ahmed Fathi moving to the other flank due to the absence of injured left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi.

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