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Egypt beats Ghana to book last Afcon quarter-final spot

The Egyptians will take on Morocco in the last eight, while Ghana will face the Democratic Republic of Congo, who finished the group stages top of Group C.

Egyptian players celebrate a goal in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions Egypt beat 2015 finalists Ghana 1-0 in their final Group D match, to book the last available quarter-final spot in this year’s competition and finish top of the group with seven points from a possible nine.

The Egyptians will take on Morocco in the last eight, while Ghana will face the Democratic Republic of Congo, who finished the group stages top of Group C.

In the other Group D match from Wednesday night, Mali ended their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Uganda, with both teams crashing out of the competition without a win under their belts.

The knockout stages get underway from Saturday and will also see Burkina Faso up against Tunisia and Senegal clashing with Cameroon, in what is set to be the match of the round.

Of the eight teams left in the competition, Egypt is the only side that’s tasted Afcon success in the last five editions.

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