Egypt maintained their perfect start to their Africa Cup of Nations campaign by beating Uganda in Cairo to advance into the last 16 as Group A winners.

forward opened the scoring with a superb free-kick midway through the first half.

Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady then doubled the Pharaohs’ lead before half-time with a powerful drive.

DR Congo thumped Zimbabwe in Group A’s other game on Sunday, meaning Uganda progress as runners-up.

Hosts Egypt go through to the last 16 with a perfect record having beaten Zimbabwe and DR Congo in their opening two group games.

The seven-time winners are also yet to concede a goal at this year’s Afcon, but they rode their luck against Uganda, who were left to rue a string of missed chances.

Uganda’s Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi, who both impressed at the Cairo International Stadium, tested Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy before Salah broke the deadlock with side’s first shot on target.

And Cranes forward Lumala Abdu was denied twice in quick succession by El-Shenawy before Egypt captain Elmohamady netted his second goal of the tournament with a fine finish from Ayman Ashraf’s cut-back on the brink of half-time.

Uganda continued to apply pressure in the second half and Miya twice went close with whipped free-kicks while Okwi’s poked effort clipped the outside of the post with the keeper beaten.

However, Salah did spurn an opportunity to score a third for Egypt when he was denied by a fine one-handed save by Denis Onyango when through on goal.

Egypt talisman Salah was criticised earlier this week for supporting team-mate Amr Warda, whose suspension was reduced by the Egyptian Football Association to the end of the group stage, meaning he is available for the Pharaohs’ next game.

The Cranes finished second in Group A despite their defeat in Cairo, meaning they have reached the Afcon last 16 for the first time since 1978 – when they were beaten by Ghana in the final.

Result does not reflect state of play – analysis

Nick Cavell, BBC Africa in Cairo:

This is one of these matches where the final result did not really reflect the state of play.

2-0 flatters Egypt a little – Uganda came out and started the game very well. They combined physicality with positivity, putting together some nice passing moves.

Physicality isn’t the dirty, nasty play you sometimes see of trying to stop people – it’s physicality that sets up attacks. And they were really unlucky not to go ahead before Mo Salah’s exceptional goal.

That piece of brilliance was the real difference between the two sides.

In the second half Uganda carried on in much the same way – trying to go for it – but the game tailed off when both teams knew they were both going through.

Line-ups

Uganda

  • 18OnyangoSubstituted forOdongkaraat 72′minutes
  • 14Wadada
  • 3Awany
  • 16Wasswa
  • 15Walusimbi
  • 17Miya
  • 8AuchoSubstituted forLwangaat 71′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 23Azira
  • 21KyambaddeBooked at 59minsSubstituted forKizitoat 79′minutes
  • 22Abdu
  • 7Okwi

Substitutes

  • 1Odongkara
  • 2Ochaya
  • 4Juuko
  • 5Mugabi
  • 6Lwanga
  • 9Kaddu
  • 10Kizito
  • 11Nsibambi
  • 12Mukiibi
  • 13Kateregga
  • 19Magoola
  • 20Muleme

Egypt

  • 16Mohamed El-Shenawy
  • 3El MohamadyBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGaberat 90+2′minutes
  • 2Morsy El Mohamady
  • 6Hegazi
  • 12Ashraf
  • 17ElnenySubstituted forHamedat 62′minutes
  • 21Emad
  • 19El Said
  • 10Salah
  • 18Hassan MahgoubSubstituted forMohsenat 25′minutes
  • 7Trézéguet

Substitutes

  • 1Razek El-Shenawy
  • 4Gaber
  • 5Mohamed Ghazal
  • 8Hamed
  • 9Mohsen
  • 11Soliman Said
  • 13Mansour
  • 14Ali Kamel
  • 15Hamdi
  • 20Alaa Eldin
Referee:
Maguette Ndiaye

Match Stats

Home TeamUgandaAway TeamEgypt
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Uganda 0, Egypt 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Uganda 0, Egypt 2.

Farouk Miya (Uganda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Uganda. Godfrey Walusimbi tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Okwi is caught offside.

Foul by Omar Gaber (Egypt).

Godfrey Walusimbi (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Baher El Mohamady (Egypt).

Baher El Mohamady (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda).

Substitution

Substitution, Egypt. Omar Gaber replaces Ahmed El Mohamady.

Offside, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shenawy tries a through ball, but Trézéguet is caught offside.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (Egypt).

Hassan Wasswa (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nabil Emad (Egypt) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda).

Attempt missed. (Egypt) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ayman Ashraf.

Nabil Emad (Egypt) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Mohamed El-Shenawy (Egypt).

Offside, Uganda. Taddeo Lwanga tries a through ball, but Timothy Awany is caught offside.

Corner, Uganda. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Hand ball by Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda).

Foul by Trézéguet (Egypt).

Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Luwagga Kizito replaces Allan Kyambadde.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (Egypt).

Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tarek Hamed (Egypt).

Taddeo Lwanga (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Robert Odongkara replaces Denis Onyango because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Taddeo Lwanga replaces Khalid Aucho.

Delay in match because of an injury Denis Onyango (Uganda).

Foul by Baher El Mohamady (Egypt).

Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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