News Live Scores
Africa Cup of Nations

EXTRA TIME: Twitter reacts as Egypt win Afcon opener against Zimbabwe

01:36 GMT+3 22/06/2019
Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet Mohamed Salah Egypt Afcon 22062019
The Pharaohs beat the Warriors 1-0 in the first game of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo on Friday night

If there was any doubt about Egypt's readiness for hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, those doubts ended with the opening ceremony.

The hosts dazzled viewers across the continent with a stunning light show, using a model of the Pyramid on the field. Football fans described the ceremony as world class and better than Fifa World Cup opening ceremonies.

When the highly -anticipated game between Egypt and Zimbabwe got underway, the Pharaohs found it difficult to get past visiting keeper Edmore Sibanda, with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was busy down the right of Egypt's wing.

The Warriors' best chance of the game was fashioned when Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat was played through but failed to lob the ball over Egypt keeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

Eventually the deadlock was broken in the 41st minute with Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan taking advantage of some sloppy Zimbabwean defending. Hassan weaved through with a brilliant solo move and then easily hit it past Sibanda's left.

Most of the reaction on Twitter was focused on how beautiful Hassan's goal was. You'd find Liverpool and Arsenal fans wanting to sign him up, and a Egypt supporter wanting to marry him.

At the end of the match Zimbwean fans were proud and neutrals were not so amazed by Egypt's performance.