Mohamed Salah scored a last-minute winner as Egypt beat Tunisia 3-2 in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria on Friday.

Both countries have secured their spots in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to hold in Cameroon, and they paired on 12 points with one match to play.

Naim Sliti opened the scoring in the 14th minute for the visitors, but his opener was cancelled out when Trezeguet levelled the match for the hosts just after the half-hour mark.

Baher El Mohamady fired Egypt ahead on 60 minutes, but Sliti thought he’d rescued a point for the Carthage Eagles with his second in the 72nd minute.

However, there was a final twist as Salah dinked the ball about the sprawling Farouk Ben Mustapha after a neat interplay with Salah Mohsen.

After celebrating his fourth goal of the qualifying campaign, the Liverpool superstar was then booked for removing his shirt.

His strike was the 39th of his international career, taking him above Mohamed Aboutrika into third outright in Egypt’s all-time scoring charts.

Group J’s two other teams, eliminated Eswatini and Niger, meet in Manzini on Sunday.

The tournament will be hosted in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July, a change from the usual January/February schedule.

Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Group J standings

Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Group J standings

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