Last Update 23:40
VIDEO: Egypt World Cup hopes dashed after Ghana crushing
A humiliating 6-1 defeat leaves Egypt's World Cup dream almost impossible to realise
Sherif Tarek, Tuesday 15 Oct 2013
Share/Bookmark
Views: 6664
egypt

An error-ridden Egypt were battered 6-1, outmuscled by Ghana in the first leg of the World Cup playoff tie Tuesday, in an unprecedented humiliating result that saw the Pharaohs' long-held World Cup qualification hopes all but shattered.

Capitalising on their home advantage, Ghana started all guns blazing, tightening their grip on the game from the very beginning and handing Egypt one of their worst-ever defeats.

The loss is the biggest in the head-to-head record of the two teams, and one of the worst in Egypt's history.

At the fully packed Baba Yara Stadium and under heavy rain, obvious were Egypt's deadly defensive lapses, mis-placed passes, and inability to play fluent football throughout the match.

Asamoah Gyan opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute before Wael Gomaa's own-goal doubled the Black Stars' lead on 22 minutes.

Egypt pulled one back when veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika converted a penalty kick four minutes from the interval.

However, Ghana still went to the dressing room with a two-goal lead after Abdul Majeed Waris netted the third on 44 minutes.

Egypt were spanked three more times in the second half by Gyan (53), Sulley Muntari (72), and Christian Atsu (89).

Egypt, who haven't made it to the World Cup since 1990, will host the second leg on 19 November in Cairo.

Early opener

Gyan soon translated Ghana's dominance when he darted unopposed to penetrate the area to hit the net with a powerful low shot.

The hosts had another golden chance near the quarter-hour mark when defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour was robbed near the edge of the area by the energetic Waris, whose effort was neatly blocked by goalie Sherif Ekrami.

Ekrami, who was replaced in the second half after picking up an injury and conceding four goals, produced another magnificent save when he palmed Waris' header at full stretch.

But Ghana hit the second when Michael Essien bamboozled Hossam Ghaly and Mohamed Naguib in the area, before Egypt's veteran defender Gomaa sloted the ball into his own net amid the goalmouth scramble.

With Egypt barely redeeming themselves, Salah earned a penalty kick that Abou-Treika converted to give the visitors a glimpse of hope that did not last for long.

Unfazed by his marker, the in-form Waris headed a diagonal free kick to register Ghana's third.

Struggling Egypt

After the break, Egypt Coach Bob Bradley sent in Zamalek star Shikabala who did too little to improve the team's lackluster performance upon replacing Shedid.

The diminutive Shedid was surprisingly included in Egypt's lineup instead of veteran left back Sayed Moawad. Walid Soliman was another unexpected inclusion in the starting eleven, forming a three-pronged attack with Abou-Treika and Salah.

Bradley opted for a compact and solid midfield with three central midfielders in Hossam Ghaly, Hossam Ashour and Mohamed El-Neny. Experienced and skilful defensive midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou, who has recently recovered from a long-standing knee injury, was benched.

The American manager adopted a more defensive strategy near the half-hour mark, in an attempt to improve the stuttering backline. He switched to a more conservative 3-4-3 scheme, deploying Ghaly as a sweeper and bringing in Hull City wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady instead of Ashour.

But the move barely thwarted Ghana's onslaught.

The unmarked Gyan headed Ghana's 4th goal from close range early in the second half.

One of Egypt's rare chances fell to Naguib, who missed the target from inside the area, seeing his tame curling effort go wide of the mark.

Shortly afterwards, Waris earned a free-kick that was converted by Muntari.  

Ghana substitute Atsu put the icing on the cake with an unstoppable long-range shot.

Emmanuel Badu could've added a seventh when he rifled another thunderbolt, but goalie El-Shenawy, who conceded two goals, punched the ball away.

Egypt vs Ghana goals

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)



Search Keywords:


Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 50 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
9



Sharif Shehata
16-10-2013 09:22pm
0-
1+
The dream
This is the different between the international professional players and the professional players like to play for Saturday and Sunday league. I don't blame anyone, I just want to blame all Egyptians thugs want to destroy Egypt. Egyptians want to eat fruit without grow the tree. Anyway well done Ghana. You will represent Africa in a lovely football, a good way and all the best to you. Never mind Egypt, one day Egypt will make it right. When we have people who like to give more than take. God save Egypt.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
8



KDD
16-10-2013 02:07pm
2-
4+
Not perosnal
Our Egyptians brethren & sistren shouldn't take this personally. Since Nkrumah married Fathia of Egypt we have seen Egyptians as family. Ghana wants to be in Brazil VERY BAD and Egypt just happened to be in our way. Please don't despair. Stay strong.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
7



Magued
16-10-2013 01:42pm
0-
3+
Congrats Ghana
You will represent Africa in a very good way. And seeing how you trashed our team yesterday makes is clear that we have a long way back. We will all support you in the World cup.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
6



Cool Harold
16-10-2013 12:38am
0-
6+
Not Surprised
I think Egypt lost this game long before it started. First of all, when you dominate a group comprised of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Guinea, with all due respect, it is no big deal. Mozambique and Zimbabwe, are you kidding me? And despite dominating such a weak field, you prepare for Ghana by playing Uganda twice in a friendly? Whose idea was it to play Uganda as preparation for Ghana?
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
5



Sam
15-10-2013 11:25pm
0-
5+
I WONDER
If Ghana fields an ineligible player in the next game, and Ghana is caught, the standard punishment is a 3:0 win that will be awarded to Egypt. So why should we waste time to play a second leg in the first place. Why should we debate about whether we should play in Cairo or not? And why should we risk precious Egyptian blood over a potential violence that could erupt. Bradley should have done much better than this. He should have been more defensive in outlook. Now, Ghana has an upper hand. Ghana will need to sit back and defend in Egypt. And with the way they played, if they sit back and counter when they need to counter, they are likely to get a scoring draw.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
4



Masry
15-10-2013 11:14pm
1-
17+
If we had to lose...
A sad defeat for us Egyptians. But if we had to lose, I am glad it was to Ghana, a fine team and sisterly African country. Inshallah a win for Egypt soon and good luck Black Stars.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Harrison
16-10-2013 07:29am
0-
8+
We love you Egypt
I wish it wasn't Ghana that beat Egypt so badly. Ghana and Egypt are like siblings. We love you Egypt.
3



Words of Wisdom
15-10-2013 10:39pm
1-
6+
Terrible and heart breaking
First of all congratulations to Ghana, they are the best African team by far. In an earlier comment before the game began, I was surprised by the starting line up: Shadid and Walid Soliman?! Also shocked to see in a game being played away from home, and when experience would be Egypt's greatest weapon there was no Hosny Abd Rabo, Gedo, Amr Zaki, or Moawad? I can not understand this at all. I knew Egypt would have few chances and that is why a lethal striker like Zaki would have been useful for possibly creating something from nothing. Anyway, The defeat rests on three poor aspects: Bradley had no clear strategy (attack or defend), poor starting line up, and school boy defending. When 3-1 down I do not know why Egypt did not sit back and try to defend this, instead it seemed that Bradley panicked and he treated the game as if it was a one off match where we had to win. Securing a 3-1 loss would have been fine with a second leg to play.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Hany
16-10-2013 12:46am
0-
0+
Starting lineup
Shedid started every WCQ for Egypt, why would you throw Moawad in then? Gedo and Zaki aren't 100% obviously. Abd-Rabo obviously isnt either
2



Ahmed Kamel
15-10-2013 10:24pm
1-
6+
Life isn't fair
I'm 53 years old and have only seen Egypt play once in the world cup!! That's not fair. I would have loved to see Egypt in the world cup 4 or 5 times maybe? Can you imagine the thrills? Our continuous failure to reach the world cup proves only that we can't play proper football. We love the game, adore it but can't win...just like me and some of these new video games, I really love them, but am real bad!
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
1



Sami
15-10-2013 09:31pm
1-
12+
Egypt needs Reformation
I am Ghanaian. I did not really expect such a result. But I think it all boils down to Egypt's shortcomings in the past. I do not think Hassan Shehata would have conceded so many goals if he had used Al Ahly's Under 20. Clearly Bob Bradley is trying to form a team with extremely different people from different backgrounds. Secondly, I think the way Hassan Shehata left his post was not the best one. Every African respects Hassan Shehata and he knew the culture of the country he was serving best. His choices were great and his discipline was superb. So I think it is time to apologize to him and possibly, bring him back. Also, the way El Hadary was dropped was not the best. He was not happy with his exclusion and clearly, he would NOT have conceded so many goals if he was in post. He should have at least been part of the team. So I think the right thing must be done. Bradley must make way for Shehata to come back and retire voluntarily. And Gomaa must do some retrospection about the people he has hurt so far. Egypt is still a good side but I guess Africa needs more slots in the World Cup and we need to use our own local coaches who know our culture best. Clearly, Stephen Keshi is showing the way in that aspect. Hassan Shehata was also great. We all respect him.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Cashman
16-10-2013 03:07am
0-
3+
Very True
I'm not Egyptian but ABSOLUTELY agree with you. Under Hassan Shehata, Egypt would have NEVER suffered a loss that severe. I was shocked to see that Al Hadary had left the squad. This is like France playing without Zidane back in the days. Your best players HAVE to play. It's as simple as that. Even the impolite Mohamed Zidan should have been called back to defend his country. When you run a marathon, you don't snob a toe, a calf, an arm or a leg... every single member counts, especially when you play teams as lethal as Ghana has been in recent years. Wasn't Muntari on the squad? Hasn't Essien been brought back on board? Even Boateng re-enrolled. Had the great Egypt called the best players and the best coach available (Shehata), the outcome would have been radically different. African teams need to stick with African coaches. Again, I agree with you. Guys like Shehata, Kwesi Appiah and Stephen Keshi demonstrate every day that nationals can get the job done. Egypt will rise again. But it
Rotimi J
16-10-2013 02:47am
0-
1+
Africa needs Ghana and Egypt in the world stage
Hassan Shehata is an African legend coach.This is a lesson to African nations to value and honour our own coaches am glad Appiah Black star coach and Stephen Keshi will represent africa well in the world cup.Oto Gloria was not able to take Ghana to world cup even with great players such as Abidi Great Pele .How I wish Ghana and Egypt will be in the world cup they are both great African team better than Cameroon and tunisia yet one of them will be in the world cup.Actually i prayed for mother Ghana to win as a Nigerian.Great players such as Abou Treika etc would have retired after the joy of been in the world cup.Egypt good luck next time.This is Ghana's time even if the match is played in Cairo I do not see how Bob Bradley can change this situation.Ghana welcome to Brasil.Oyanmi medawase paaaaa.

© 2010 Ahram Online. Advertising