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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 January, 2004, 17:48 GMT
Clockwatch: Algeria 2-1 Egypt
All the action from the Group C game at the African Cup of Nations.


Major goalflashes and incidents (all times GMT) will appear here from 1800:

1954: The referee blows his final whistle and Algeria celebrate a famous victory. Some of their fans are crying in the stands as red flares once again decorate the Sousse stadium. The Egyptians looked stunned at having lost a game which they had dominated for long periods.

1954: Kraouche is booked for complaining to the referee.

1953: The ball is cleared as the Algerian fans encourage the referee to blow for full time.

1952: All the Algerian substitutes are off the bench as they look on nervously. Belal strikes for Egypt who win a corner with less than a minute to play.

1951: Egypt coach Mohsen Saleh shuffles nervously on the bench as the minutes ebb away.

1949: The fourth official signals five minutes of stoppage time at the end of an enthralling game.

1948: Egypt win a corner but the delivery is poor.

1945: Achiou, who removes his shirt in his joy, is booked for his celebration.

1944: GOAL Algeria 2-1 Egypt
Hocine Achiou scores for Algeria after running from his own half, skipping past Hany Said and slotting past Nader El Sayed from near the penalty. Flares light the skyline again as Algerian fans celebrate an undeserved lead.

1942: Hazem Emam, who was dropped for this encounter, comes on to replace Tarek El Sayed with six minutes left to play.

1940: Substitution for Algeria as Fodil Hadjhadj comes on for Karim Ziani.

1940: Hady crosses for Mido but the 21-year-old fails to direct his header on target when Egypt have men to spare in the penalty box.

1937: The Algerian defence continues to repel every Egyptian attack as the Pharaohs' try to make their extra man count.

1935: Khashba Hady, the 1995 and 1997 Egyptian Footballer of the Year, comes on for Abdel El Saqqa as Mohsen Saleh goes for the win.

1934: Belal heads Barakat's curling cross straight at Gaouaoui.

1932: Algeria make a rare sortie upfield and Egypt defender El Tabei Bashir gets a knock from Cherrad Abdelmalek which holds up play.

1930: Ahmed Hassan, who has missed two clear chances for the Pharaohs, is replaced by Mohamed Barakat, who scored against Zimbabwe in Egypt's opening Group C game.

1929: Tamer is booked for a late challenge. Algerian fans rally their team as they chant and wave their scarves on the terraces.

1928: Egypt's Abdel Hamid Tamer has a strike from 30 yards but the shot flies over the bar.

1924: Achiou is hit in the face by a clearance from one of his own defenders and goes down for treatment. Play is held up which will come as welcome respite to Algeria who are under intense pressure. Both coaches issue instructions from the sidelines.

1923: The referee makes a very poor decision when he books Belal for diving in the Algerian penalty area, when the player was clearly fouled. For his troubles, Belal is booked yet the Pharaohs have been denied another spot-kick by some wayward officiating.

1921: Sadane sends on Moulay Haddou for Mansour Boutabout.

1917: Sending off
Mamouni, Algeria's goalscorer, gets himself needlessly sent off by pushing Ahmed Hassan in the face right in front of the referee.

1916: The play is all Egypt's but they have yet to turn their superiority into goals.

1915: Algeria coach Rabah Sadane makes his first change, bringing on Hocine Achiou for Desert Foxes captain Djamel Belmadi.

1914: Set up by Ahmed Hassan, Egypt goalscorer Belal strikes at goal from eight yards out but his tame effort is turned behind by Gaouaoui for a corner.

1912: Mido, who has heavily involved in the play, fires a weak and wayward shot wide of the Algerian goal.

1912: The half has settled down after a bright opening. The Desert Foxes have yet to work an opening this half.

1908: Egypt's Ahmed Fathi turns away smartly from his defender but his ball into the box fails to beat the first man. Meanwhile, Algeria coach Rabah Sadane issues instructions to his team from the touchline.

1905: Mido goes on a buccaneering run past two Algerian defenders on the right flank and is unlucky not to win a corner.

1904: Algeria get the second half underway.

1846: Alain Hamer blows for half-time to end what has been a very watchable first period. Algeria are lucky to be level after seeing their bitter rivals miss a number of clear-cut opportunities.

1845: The fourth official signals two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the half.

1843: Ahmed Hassan misses a brilliant goalscoring opportunity as he wriggles through the Algerian defence but places the ball inches wide of Gaouaoui's right-hand post.

1843: Ahmed Hassan looks for another penalty for Egypt as he feels he is tugged back by Zafour in the box, but no decision is taken.

1842: Egypt appeal for a penalty after Algeria's Brahim Zafour seems to handle the ball from Belal's cross, but Hamer gives nothing.

1838: With 7 minutes to go to half-time, there have already been 17 free-kicks in the match with only five having been committed by the Egyptians. From one of the free-kicks, Pharaohs' striker Ahmed Belal curls a 20-yard right-foot strike into the side-netting.

1835: Tarek El Sayed takes a pot shot from distance, but his strike flies well wide.

1833: Ahmed Hassan threatens in the box again but, teed up by a neat through pass, he can only shoot straight against Gaouaoui's legs.

1832: Ahmed Hassan heads El Sayed's corner ten yards wide of Gaouaoui's goal.

1831: The Pharaohs' win a corner after El Sayed's strike from outside the penalty area is deflected behind by an Algerian defender.

1830: Egypt are now taking their game to the Algerians, beginning to camp themselves in the Desert Foxes' half.

1828: Gaouaoui is fortunate to see Mido's header rebound off the post after the keeper is beaten by the deflection. Gaouaoui hits his head against the post as he desperately tries to stop the ball going across the line.

1826: Buoyed by the Pharaohs' quick equaliser, Mido lets fly from 25 yards but his volley balloons over the bar.

1825: GOAL Algeria 1-1 Egypt
Ahmed Belal chips home Tarek El Sayed's cross in delightful fashion. From an acute angle, the forward calmly steers the ball over Gaouaoui and into the open goal.

1824: Mamouni makes a powerful run into the Egyptian box, but fails to keep his cross in play.

1823: Egypt's Abdelzaher El Saqqa drives wide of goal from 20 yards out.

1821: The goalscorer Mamouni is booked for his late tackle on El Sayed.

1820: Ahmed Hassan wastes Egypt's best chance of the match as he fires wide of the right-hand post from ten yards when unmarked in the box and with a clear sight of goal.

1819: Mido's flick-on almost gives Ahmed Belal a chance in the box but Algerian keeper Lounes Gaouaoui comes out quickly to snuff out the danger.

1815: Egypt striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam is booked for simulation.

1812: GOAL Algeria 1-0 Egypt
Mamar Mamouni turns home Algerian skipper Djamel Belmadi's corner. Mamouni rises on his own to head the ball past Egyptian stopper Nader El Sayed from six yards, and the Algerians fans immediately light a number of flares in celebration. Smoke drifts across the pitch.

1811: The game is very tight in the congested centre of midfield with both sides keeping their shape well.

1808: Luxembourg referee Alain Hamer, who has been specially chosen for this game, books Algeria's Antar Yahia for his crude challenge on Ahmed Belal.

1803: The noisy Algerian fans cheer every pass their favourites make, while the whistilng is constant whenever Egypt touch the ball. Some 8,000 Algerian supporters are in the stadium, while the less numerous Egyptians are tucked away in a small corner of the Stade Olympique.

1801: Egypt force an ealry chance as Tarek El Sayed delivers a good ball to the back post which Ahmed Hassan heads wide of the right-hand post from close range.

1759 GMT: As Egypt get this game underway, there is already a keen atmosphere in the Sousse stadium. The numerous Algerian fans whistle the Egyptians as they pass the ball around.


Team news

Algeria make one change to the team that started against Cameroon. The injured Samir Beloufa is replaced by Brahim Zafour. The Desert Foxes will be hoping Nasredine Kraouche can improve on his quiet performance against the Indomitable Lions.

Egypt also make only one change, dropping Hazem Emam for Ahmed Fathi. There is no place in the starting line-up for Mohamed Barakat, who scored against Zimbabwe in the Pharaohs' opening game. Coach Mohsen Saleh will be hoping Mido can get off the mark in this needle match.


Algeria: 12-Lounes Gaouaoui; 13-Brahim Zafour 46, 5-Salim Aribi, 15-Karim Ziani, 21-Antar Yahia; 6-Yazid Mansouri, 8-Nasredine Kraouche, 10-Djamel Belmadi, 19-Mamar Mamouni; 7-Abdelmalek Cherrad, 11-Mansour Boutabout

Egypt: 1-Nader El Sayed; 13-Tarek El Sayed, 15-Bechir El Tabei, 5-Abdelzaher El Saqqa, 21-Hani Said; 7-Ahmed Fathi, 8-Tamer Abdelhamid, 11-Tarek Said, 17-Ahmed Hassan; 9-Ahmed Hossam, 10-Ahmed Belal

Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)




SEE ALSO
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