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Salah fires Egypt winner
Egypt has progressed to the quar-
ter-finals of the African Nations Cup
as Group D winners after a 1-0 defeat
of Ghana in Port-Gentil, yesterday.
Victory, secured by Mohamed Salah's
first-half goal, took the seven-time cham-
pions above Ghana and into first place with
a total of seven points. Ghana also progress
to the competition's final eight,having won
their two previous fixtures against Uganda
and Mali to finish second.
Egypt were presented with the opportu-
nity to go ahead when Ghana's John Boye
fouled Abdallah El Said on the edge of the
Roma's Salah, one of Africa's most
high-profile players, then gave his side
the lead from an 11th-minute free-kick.
Powerfully striking directly into the top-
left corner with his left foot, he ensured
goalkeeper Brimah Razak - so impressive
against Mali - barely moved.
Ghana perhaps edged a largely even affair
thereafter, but were undermined in their
pursuit of an equalising goal when Asamoah
Gyan went off injured towards the end of
the first half.
Egypt therefore secured a third clean
sheet from three Group D fixtures, but
may yet regret doing so.
Much has been made of the poor condi-
tion of the pitch in Port-Gentil, where the
group winners were scheduled to remain
for their final-eight fixture.
Heavy rain has worsened the pitch's
condition in recent days.
Runners-up Egypt, however, will next
play in Oyem.
Egypt 1 v 0 Ghana
Uganda 1 v 1 Mali
LIVERPOOL, England---Southampton reached
the English League Cup final for the second
time after producing a robust defensive per-
formance and scoring late on the break to
beat Liverpool 1-0 in the semifinal second
leg yesterday, advancing 2-0 on aggregate.
With Manchester United a strong favorite to
progress from the other semifinal match, Liver-
pool was looking to set up the prospect of a final
between English football's two most decorated
Instead, Southampton is heading to Wembley
Stadium next month after substitute Shane Long's
injury-time goal on the counterattack added to
Nathan Redmond's strike in the first leg two
Before Long's goal, an impressive display from
a makeshift defense stifled the Premier League's
most prolific attack in bitterly cold conditions
Daniel Sturridge squandered two excellent
chances in the second half for Liverpool, which
otherwise failed to find a way past Southamp-
ton's central-defensive partnership of youngster
Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida --- only playing
because of Jose Fonte's recent departure to West
Ham and an injury to star player Virgil van Dijk.
Stephens was particularly excellent on only his
fourth start for the club.
United leads Hull 2-0 after the first leg at Old
The second leg is today. (AP)
MADRID --- Celta Vigo pulled off another
major upset in the Copa del Rey, eliminating
Real Madrid with a 2-2 home draw yester-
day to reach the semifinals for the second
A year after ousting Atletico Madrid in the quar-
terfinals, Celta knocked Real Madrid out at the
same stage with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
It had stunned the Spanish powerhouse with
2-1 win in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu Sta-
dium last week.
Celta broke the deadlock at a packed Balaidos
Stadium in Vigo with an own goal by Madrid de-
fender Danilo just before halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo equaliSed from a free kick in
the 62nd minute to keep Madrid alive, but Danish
midfielder Daniel Wass restored Celta's lead with
a low shot from the edge of the area in the 85th.
Lucas Vazquez equaliSed again amid heavy rain
with a header in the 90th, but Madrid failed to
find a third goal to advance. (AP)
EIBAR 2, ATLETICO MADRID 2
Egypt's goalkeeper Essam Elhadary celebrates after teammate
Mohamed Salah scored a goal during the African Cup of Nations
Group D soccer match between Egypt and Ghana at the Stade de
Port-Gentil, Gabon, yesterday. AP PHOTO
AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS
Celta ousts Real Madrid
from Copa del Rey
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