Egypt reach last eight

BENGUELA: Two-time defending champions Egypt advanced to the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations, beating Mozambique 2-0 on Saturday after an own-goal from Dario Khan and a strike from substitute Mohammed Gedo.

Mozambique defender Khan put Ahmed Fathi’s cross into his own net in the 47th minute. Gedo struck a left-footed volley in the 81st to give the Egyptians six points in Group C with one match left to play.

Earlier, World Cup qualifiers Nigeria beat Benin 1-0 and are second with three points. Benin and Mozambique have one point each.

After a slow start, Mozambique’s Goncalves Fumo tested goalkeeper Essam Al Hadari with a left-footed volley from 20 yards but he easily held the shot. Mozambique goalkeeper Kampango dived to his right to keep out Emad Moteab’s strike in the 19th. Mahmoud Shikabala then forced another diving save from Kampango in the 25th after firing from 20 yards.