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Mohamed Salah Scored Stunning 25-Yard Free-Kick In Egypt's Africa Cup Of Nations Clash

Mohamed Salah Scored Stunning 25-Yard Free-Kick In Egypt's Africa Cup Of Nations Clash

Mohamed Salah fired Egypt into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a stunning 25-yard free-kick against Uganda in Cairo.

The Liverpool superstar, 27, stepped up for the set piece in the first half at the Cairo International Stadium and produced a moment of pure magic.

Salah, who was in superb form for Liverpool last season, fired in a powerful shot past Denis Onyango to open the scoring in style.

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And Egypt would head into half-time with a comfortable lead after Aston Villa's Ahmed Elmohamady doubled their lead.

Javier Aguirre's side will now progress to the round of 16 as the winners of Group A and have maintained their 100 per cent winning start in the competition.

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The Pharaohs won their first match 1-0 against Zimbabwe and followed it up with a 2-0 win over DR Congo.

Aguirre, 60, was not overwhelmed with Egypt's performance against Uganda.

The Cranes dominated large parts of the match and put their opponents under serious pressure, but Egypt's Mohamed El-Shenawy pulled off some superb saves to deny them the chance of scoring.

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And the Egypt boss admitted that he was surprised with how impressive Uganda were against his side.

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"I was surprised by Uganda's strong performance, especially in the first half. They managed to control the game and pressed us on multiple occasions," he said in his post-match press conference.

"However, we managed to score the first goal, which paved the way for a second goal and allowed us to kill the game.

"We earned [a] very important three points. We finished on top of our group with nine points and without conceding any goal[s].

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"I believe we just need some confidence in our abilities, and that's what we will work on.

"It is not easy to play in front of 70,000 fans. They always put pressure on the players to score from every chance and winning the game, which isn't easy for the players to deal with.

"The fans will always demand nothing but the victory."

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Egypt will resume their Africa Cup of Nations campaign on Saturday, with their opponents yet to be confirmed.

Will Egypt win the Africa Cup of Nations?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Samuel

Topics: Football News, Football, Africa Cup of Nations, Mohamed Salah

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]