Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (left) fights for the ball with DR Congo’s Meschack Elia Lina during their CAN match on Wednesday. Associated Press
While Salah helped lead his club to a sixth European Cup triumph in June, a year on from an injury forcing him out of the final, he was powerless to stop the Pharaohs suffering humiliation on the international stage for the second time in 12 months.
Egypt opened the African Cup of Nations by beating outsider Zimbabwe 1-0 in Cairo on Friday, providing relief for Mohamed Salah, the host nation and the continent’s soccer bosses.
Mohamed Salah was left stunned after the hosts Egypt were ousted of the Africa Cup of Nations by South Africa in a shock defeat on Saturday. In another match, Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s winning goal as Nigeria
Novak Djokovic admitted on Sunday he will miss injured rival Roger Federer as he prepares to begin his charge for the Dubai Championships.
New Zealand quick Trent Boult declared himself “happy to be back” as he bagged three wickets to leave India struggling for survival at stumps on day three of the first Test in Wellington on Sunday.
Andre Villas-Boas had few excuses for his Marseille team on Saturday after their 14-match unbeaten run in Ligue 1 came to an end with a surprise 3-1 home defeat by off-form Nantes.