Mohamed Salah was on the end of some roughhouse tactics as Egypt booked their spot in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Sudan 1-0.
Mohamed Abdelmonem scored the only goal with a header from a corner to ensure Egypt qualified for the knockout stage in second place in Group D behind Nigeria.
But Liverpool star Salah was fortunate to come through the game unscathed after some robust challenges from Sudan players.
Salah was lucky to avoid injury in the second half after a studs-up, high challenge from Mazin Mohamedein.
But he and Egypt are through to play to play winner of Group E – the wide-open group of Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and holders Algeria – in the last 16 next Wednesday.
Egypt were not at their best and go through with 1-0 wins against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.
But, while it was not a convincing display against Sudan, they made the breakthrough on 35 minutes when Abdelmonem headed home unmarked as Egypt got the job done.