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Egypt start Africa Cup of Nations on the right foot, even as Salah misfires

Egypt players celebrate during their Africa Cup of Nations group-stage win over Zimbabwe.
Egypt picked up a narrow win in the opener to the Africa Cup of Nations.

CAIRO -- When Egypt's winner came, it was little surprise to see one of their wingers tricking past two opponents before cutting inside and belting an unstoppable finish into the far corner, bringing the house down on the Africa Cup of Nations' opening night. It was just not the player we have all come to expect. Trezeguet, the mercurial left-sided player, was the man who ensured the hosts passed their first test and, on the opposite flank, Mohamed Salah was able to get away with a rare off night.

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Egypt get winning start at Africa Cup of Nations

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Mahmoud Trezeguet handed hosts Egypt a winning start to the Africa Cup of Nations with the only goal of Friday's opening game against Zimbabwe in a high tempo start to the tournament.

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His 41st-minute strike proved decisive as Egypt missed out on a myriad of chances to make a bigger impact but will be satisfied to have taken the first three point haul of the month-long event.

Egypt opened up the Africa Cup of Nations with a win over Zimbabwe.

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The sense in recent years has been that, whenever African football takes a step forward, it quickly takes two back. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was a watchable, enjoyable tournament that was settled in thrilling style and showcased the best of what the continent has to offer. In 2018, that reputation took a hit as none of Africa's five representatives made it out of the World Cup's group stage.

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