But with extra time looming, Egypt's moment came with three minutes of normal time to play. "We both had chances but we were lucky to get the goal from a dead ball", said Hector Cuper, the Argentine coach of an Egypt side who have still not conceded a goal in four matches in Gabon.
The nation is back this year - and back in the last four in their first appearance since winning a third-straight African title in 2010.
Ghana will play against The Democratic Republic of Congo today at 6 PM Central Africa Time (CAT).
The Stars returned a better side in the second half with Jordan taking up his leading role with much objective as a 50th minute free kick from Wakaso hit Matampi in post for the Congolese and returned into play but with no one to connect for the Stars.
Ghana will lock horns with Cameroon in the semi-finals on Thursday, a repeat of the 2008 Afcon.
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Second half goals from the siblings ensured Ghana defeated DR Congo 2-1 to inch closer to the final.
Without injured captain Asamoah Gyan they saw DR Congo hit the woodwork through Dieumerci Mbokani and then went in front in the 63rd minute when Jordan Ayew fired past Ley Matampi in the Leopards' goal.
Their joy did not last long with DR Congo's Paul Jose M'Poku's stunning strike five minutes later levelled the game at 1-1.
The goal set up a thrilling end to a classic encounter settled by Andre Ayew's penalty in the 68th minute following Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala's foul on Christian Atsu inside the box.
The newly-inaugurated VEEP of Ghana, however, cautioned the team to be wary of Cameroon, as they might not be an easy team to vanquish.