Among the clash of the Titans in the second round will be the game between Egypt and Ghana. Everything is at stake for both teams as neither side were able to secure victory in their first game.
Mohammed Salah’s penalty safes Egypt’s flaws as they can only resolve for a 2-2 draw with Mozambique. Meanwhile, Ghana suffered a shocking defeat to the group’s underdog, Cape Verde.
About the game
Egypt secured a hard-fought draw against Mozambique in their first game of the campaign. Mostafa Mohamed gave the Pharaohs of Egypt an early lead which is their fastest goal since 1994. Despite going behind with goals from Witi and Clésio, a stoppage-time penalty by captain Mohamed Salah salvaged a crucial point for Egypt. Surprisingly, Egypt conceded more goals in this game than in their previous 11 AFCON group matches combined.
The Pharaohs, deserving of their point, had 21 shots, the joint-most in an AFCON match. However, Mozambique capitalized on their two shots on target, converting 25% into goals. Egypt aims to avoid a winless start to their first two group games, a scenario not seen since 1992.
Conversely Ghana suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde in a disappointing start to AFCON 2023. With a winless run extended to five matches, they seek to avoid a historic three-game losing streak. Despite being pre-game favorites, Ghana was outplayed by Cape Verde, who now have a good chance of progressing from Group B. A loss for either side in the upcoming match could jeopardize their qualification chances.
Ghana recently struggled in the Africa Cup of Nations, extending their winless streak to the last five matches. A bright spot for the Black Stars is that they’ve never lost three games successively at the AFCON.
The Best Betting Odds for Egypt vs Ghana
This looks like a high-scoring game, with firepower on both sides and both teams averaging over two goals in their first game.
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