Egypt beat England 2-0 in their final group game of the U-20 World Cup, but it was fellow Africans Ghana that profited as they progressed to the final 16 on better goals difference than the Pharaohs.
A late rally saw Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan open scoring for the African champions on 79 minutes with a beautiful curler after taking out his marker just inside the area, and Rio Ave striker Ahmed ‘Koka’ Hassan cap the points in stoppage with a well-placed effort identical to the first goal.
The Pharaohs, who like Ghana lost their opening two games, needed to beat England by a three-goal margin to better Ghana’s goal difference and sneak into the knockout stages as one of the four best third-place finishers.
However there was not enough time to get the crucial goal.
The win ensured both African sides that played in the final of the African Youth Championship, had three points and +0 goals difference each, but the Black Satellites scored one goal more that the African champions.
Ghana will now face Portugal in their last 16 game on Wednesday.