Bogy man fires Pharaohs through
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An unforgettable night in Cairo ended with Egypt advancing to the last 16 as Group A winners after Bogy came off the bench to settle a six-goal thriller with Italy. The Zamalek striker provided the decisive contribution following an earlier brace by Ahmed Shoukri to finish off an Azzurrini side who go through by virtue of their position as one of the best third-placed teams.

A frantic opening set the pattern for the most dramatic and exciting match of the tournament thus far, with Italy's Antonio Mazzotta firing wide from the angle of the box inside the opening couple of minutes.

Egypt were clearly nervous, but steadily grew into the game and created their first chance when Ahmed Shoukri cut inside from the right but failed to find the target with a shot that lacked conviction. However, if that was a disappointing effort from the Pharaohs No10, he more than made amends six minutes later with a brilliant opening goal.

Not for the first, or last time, Italy failed to clear their lines effectively, and Shoukri met the ball first time to send a rocket of a left-foot shot skidding along the turf and in at the helpless keeper's left-hand post. The stadium erupted and yet, within six minutes, there was only silence as Italy restored parity.

Aly Mohamed was the villain of the piece, mis-kicking his clearance, although credit must go to Umberto Eusepi for an ice-cool finish into the far corner from six yards. If Egypt were rocked by that equaliser, it didn't show. Soon, they were on the attack again and it was no more than they deserved when Shoukri restored their lead in first half stoppage time.

Again, the Italy defence were caught napping, and the Al Ahly youngster took full advantage with a shot that spun into the net via a wicked deflection. The hosts looked to be in command at this stage, but despite starting the second half the stronger, they found themselves pegged back again just seven minutes after the re-start. They had no-one to blame but themselves either, having allowed substitute Michelangelo Albertazzi to sneak in unmarked at a corner and direct a precise header into the bottom corner.

The situation called for a hero, and Egypt found one in Bogy. The Zamalek striker's fairy tale began when he scored with his very first touch, heading home with 20 minutes remaining after Italy made a hash of clearing their lines.

Then, ten minutes later, the same player sealed a memorable victory with a goal fit to win any game. Taking the ball on his chest with his back to goal, he cushioned it into his path before blasting a brilliant volley beyond the grasp of the Italian keeper.

Egypt will now march on confidently to the last 16, where they can look forward to a return to a packed Cairo International Stadium on 6 October against one of the best third-placed teams.