Salah converted a freekick brilliantly after 11 minutes to give The Pharaohs their second win ofvthe tournament to go top of Group D with seven points, one richer than second placed Ghana who had guaranteed their qualification prior to the game. Mali had two points compared to Uganda's one as both sides crashed out of the tournament after playing to a 1-1 draw in a simultaneous kickoff in Oyem.
Egypt started the match positively, and had the first chance after just three minutes when Mohamed Elnenys shot from 20 yards went just hight. Five minutes later Ghana's midfielder Ageymang Baduvtried his luck with a similar fate
Salah would then guve The Pharaohs an early lead. The A.S Rona winger took a freekick from the brink of the area beautifully to break the deadlock with Razak Brimah between Ghana's posts completely beaten.
The Black Stars controlled most of the possession afterwards in search for the equalizer, but faced a solid Egyptian defense led by the tall duet of Ahmed Hegazy and Ali Gabr. And despite Ghana's upper hand Marawan Mohsen could have doubled Egypt's lead after 39 minutes.
Brimah failed to clear his area to grant the ball to Mohsen, but the later's shot flew over the crossbar.
Ghana suffered a blow when veteran captain Asamoah Gyan strained his thigh to be replaced by Jordan Ayew three minutes before yhe break. And seconds later Andre Ayew sent a cross on Daniel Amartey's head, but he missed the target from three yards away. The first half ended with Egypt leading by a lone goal.
Ghana returned from the break with more ontentionand had the second half's first chance after 58 minutes when Christian Atsu dribbled past two defenders, but failed to find the decisive shot with Egypt's veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary not bothered.
Atsu continued to be Ghana's dangerman, and at the hour mark he laid the ball to Jordan Ayew in the vital area, but for Gabr's timely clearance.
A few seconds before full time the Egyptian icon El Hadary was recalled again to stop Ayew's shot, as The Pharaohs marched to a crucial victory.
Total Man of the Match
Ahmed Hegazy (Egypt)
Post match reactions
Hector Cuper (Head coach, Egypt)
We always think of winning whatever game we are going into. I wished to play a better game especially in the second half, but we were facing a very strong team in Ghana. They were very dangerous especially in the second half.
Ahmed Fathy played as a left back because it was a tough game and we needed his experience.
We will start immediately preparing for the quarter final game against Morocco.
Our ambition is very high and we are happy to win such a tough game. Our next game is even more difficult but I promise our supporters back home that we will fight till the last second.
Avram Grant (Head coach, Ghana)
The two teams that qualified from Group C are good and it's going to be a tough game anyway. I hope the pitch in Oyem is better. I would have liked to win but now we have to focus on the quarter final.
It was a game decided by one mistake. They scored from a fantastic freekick but we dominated after that. Unfortunately we didn't score but I'm happy with my players' attitude. This is football.
On Sunday it is a different story and it would be a tough game.
Asamoah Gyan injury is not looking good but we will see what happened and I hope he will be better.