Egypt have secured a last 16 berth at the Africa Cup of Nations after they defeated old rivals Sudan 1-0 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Wednesday night.
Mohamed Abdelmonem scored the game’s only goal, heading home Abdallah El Said’s corner for the Pharaohs in the 35th minute.
The match got off to a frantic start, with the teams trading chances within the opening five minutes: Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny and Mostafa Mohamed both spurned good opportunities, while Sudan’s Mohamed Hussein sent an effort into the stands after good build-up play.
The Pharaohs then settled into a pattern of sterile dominance, bossing possession without really threatening the Falcons’ defence.
Sudan offered little with Egypt going close to a second through a Mohamed Salah effort well-saved by keeper Ali Abu Eshrein in the second half.
Egypt will face the winners of Group E on Wednesday, 26 January.
They finished three points behind Group D winners Nigeria who beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0.
Sudan, champions in 1970 and playing in their first major tournament since 2012, finished third in the table, collecting one point and scoring just one goal.