Mohamed Salah’s Egypt go through to the Round of 16 of AFCON

Egypt finished second in their group after three draws.

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Egypt have progressed through to the round of 16 in the Africa Cup of Nations by finishing seconds in their group which confirms their place in the knockouts.

Even if they didn’t finish second they would have had a chance of getting through as the fourth best third-ranked placed teams in the groups make it through to the round of 16 however there is a big risk relying on that so Egypt will be delighted that they have confirmed their place in the knockout rounds.

If they defeated Cape Verde then there was no need to worry about the other game in the group between Mozambique and Ghana but it was a chaotic end to Group B.

Ghana took an early lead through a penalty by Jordan Ayew which put pressure on Egypt as they fell behind just before half-time however they equalised five minutes after the interval.

Ayew scored another penalty but Mozambique clawed a goal back before Mostafa Mohamed grabbed what seemed to be a winner in injury time after he rescued a point for his country with an equaliser against Ghana.

However, there was still much more to come as Mozambique scored an equaliser themselves in injury time which knocked Ghana  out thankfully for Egypt as Cape Verde scored in the 99th minute to make sure they remained unbeaten.

That means that Egypt got through in second place with just three points and even though there is still going to be movement in the table of the third-placed sides Ghana are already in the bottom two however they have a slim chance if the sides on top of them have worse goal difference.

Who will Egypt play in the round of 16?

Egypt will face the runner-up of Group F but they will be without Mohamed Salah and they may be without him for the rest of the tournament.

The winger is confirmed to be out for 21 days at least but he may even be out for longer as his agent said it could be 28 days which would mean he won’t be fit for the final, should Egypt make it.

At the moment in Group F it is all to play for between the four sides so Egypt could face any one of Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia and Tanzania.

Morocco, who are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament, are top on four points and they face Zambia in their last game who are sat in third place on two points.

They have an identical record to DR Congo who are in second place and they play Tanzania who are currently bottom on just one point.

Salah will be cheering on his national teammates from home as he tries to recover from the injury he suffered as quickly as possible by doing an intensive rehabilitation programme with Liverpool’s medical staff.

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