Egypt wins the 2019 U23 AFCON | EGYPT 2-1 Ivory Coast

Egypt wins the 2019 U23 AFCON | EGYPT 2-1 Ivory Coast

Ramadan Sobhi scores in 114′ minute to give Egypt a 2-1 lead over Ivory Coast in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations final

Irrepressible Ramadan Sobhi scored an extra-time winner as Egypt fended off a spirited fight-back from Cote d’Ivoire to win 2-1 and clinch the U23 African Cup of Nations title for the first time on Friday.

The dazzling schemer, who toyed with his challengers all night, set up a first-half opener for Egypt and was on target himself in the second half of extra time to spark wild celebrations among the sell-out crowd at Cairo’s International Stadium.

In between, Cote d’Ivoire’s never-say-attitude saw them snatch a late equaliser, thanks to a clinical finish from substitute Aboubacar Doumbia at the death, forcing an extra time.

Sobhi, who is on loan at Cairo giants Ahly from English second-division side Huddersfield Town, had the last word in the 114th minute, burying home a rebound after a low shot from substitute Ahmed Rayyan was parried into his path.

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Shedding tears of joy, he tracked back in the dying minutes to carry out his defensive duties, making some passionate tackles to ensure there was no repeat of any concentration lapses.

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