Both sides were anxious not to lose and it was telling in their game. The Libyans were more offensive at the start, but found the Egyptians backline a hard nut to crack.
Egyptian coach Hesham Hossen Hussen and his Libya counterpart, Marco Antonio Lopez, had clearly indicated before the meeting the winner of the encounter will be a foot away from the last four.
The second half resumed on the same note, with Egypt displaying much resilience.
The Libyans cheered on by scores of fans, who sang and drummed waving the Libyan flag, came close a couple of times but Egyptian goalie Ibrahim was to his side’s rescue. On 33 minutes, Hamdi Alshawain had a good chance to score but was denied by Ibrahim again.
The Libyans had Ahmed Bader sent off in the closing stages but the Egyptians failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage, as Libya held on to snatch a draw.