EGYPT left fans astonished after seemingly playing a 5-5-0 formation for their AFCON opener against Nigeria.

The Pharaohs, one of the pre-tournament favourites in Cameroon, slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.



Ahead of the game, two broadcasters seemed to suggest Carlos Queiroz had sent out his side with five defenders, five midfielders and no forwards.

When the match got underway, it became clear Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was leading the line as centre-forward, with two wingers in what looked like more of a 4-3-3.

However, Egypt's heatmap suggests they might as well have been playing 5-5-0.

Compared to Nigeria's post-match graphic, that showed a good balance of attack and defence, Salah and Co showed absolutely nothing in the final third.

Egypt boasted more of the ball, with 57 per cent of the overall possession.

In turn, they also managed more touches – with 651 to Nigeria's 527.

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Despite that, Egypt mustered a mere four shots, with only two of those on target.

On the other hand, Nigeria – who won the game thanks to Leicester star Kelechi Iheanacho's first-half strike – made the most of their possession with 15 shots (five on target).

Egypt will have the chance to salvage something from their AFCON campaign against Guinea-Bissau on Saturday at 7pm.

Meanwhile, Nigeria face Sudan a few hours earlier, at 4pm.

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