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RELIVE: Ghana v Egypt (2018 World Cup qualifiers)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday's match between Ghana and Egypt in their final Group E clash of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Nov 2017
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File Photo: Egypt Vs Ghana Egypt's Tarek Hamed (L) vies for the ball against Ghana's Jordan Ayew during the 2018 World Cup qualifying Group E football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on November 13, 2016. (Photo: AFP)
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Full-time: Ghana 1-1 Egypt 

90+4 A great double-save from keeper Ekramy denies Ghana a last-gasp winner!, just a few seconds before the ref blows the full-time whistle! 

87' Keeper Sherif Ekramy cautioned by the ref allegedly for time-wasting!

85' Wakaso goes into the referee's book for the first yellow card of the game following a fierce foul on Amr Gamal.

82' Egypt center-back Ali gabr clears away a dangerous cross from the determined Ghanaians!

79' Egypt keeper Ekramy gathers a free-kick!

76' Amr Gamal comes in for striker Marei. Another like-for-like substitution.

74' Yiadom replaces Dwamena for Ghana

71' Ghana on the attack now...

65' Abdallah El-Said replaces scorer Shikabala...

65' Capitalizing on the frailities in Egypt's midfield, Gyasi strikes from outside the area a shot that was deflected off an Egypt defender to bring his side level! 

64' GOAL! Ghana equalize!

60' After being superbly involved in Egypt's attacking move, Shikabala receives a squared ball from Trezeguet from the right before unleashing a stunning strike past the Ghana keeper!! 

60' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! Shika scores for Egypt!!

57' After Ramadan cheaply conceded possession, Ofori again struck wide! 

56' Ghana are now looking more dangerous than when they were in the first half, launching wave after wave of attacks.

53' A dangerous cross from Ghana's Tumaswi goes safe for the Egyptians!

50' Donsah makes way for Majeed Waris for Ghana's second change of the game

48' The in-form Shikabala superbly releases Ramadan down the left before the Stoke City winger played the ball to the former inside the area as his effort was kept away by the keeper!!! 

47' Ghana's Ofori strikes but his effort goes high over the bar..

The second half begins!

45+2 The ref blows the half-time whistle!

45' Keeper Ekramy does well to denty a through-on-goal Dwamena, as the ball goes out for corner!

43' Great work by Ramadan sees him play Trezeguet in, before the latter strikes towards the near post with the keeper thwarting him!!

40' Winger Twomasi replaces Ampomah 

36' Ghana's Ampomah receiving treatment as he is now stretchered off the pitch.

33' Saad Samir comes in for the injured Rabia..

28' Egypt center-back Rami Rabia is on the ground injured...

25' As we've become accustomed to Cuper, the Argentinean is not really determined to instruct his side to press from the front.

20' Following a blunder by Elneny in midfield, striker Dwamena was allowed to go through on goal but keeper Ekramy rushes out of goal to deny the Ghana forward!! 

16' Striker Marei falls to the ground as he looks to have picked up an injury!

14' Keeper Ekramy gathers a long-range low strike from the Ghanaians.. 

10' After great pressing from Shikabala, the midfield wizard eventually retrieves the ball to to play Trezeguet in before the latter blasts high. 

7' The first corner for Egypt following a through ball from Shikabala towards striker Amr Marei.

5' Ramadan plays an excellent ball to Shikabala beside him in space before the latter released Trezeguet on the left, but the ball was overplayed!

2' Egypt defending in an organized shape, with Ghana struggling to penetrate early on!

The match gets underway!

17:25 Both players are now lining up for the national anthem.

17:00 Sherif Ekramy will be standing between the sticks for Egypt, with keeper Ahmed El-Shennawi suffering recently. 

16:45 Wigan midfielder Sam Morsi partners Mohamed Elneny in the center of the park, with Karim Hafez starting on the left in the place of the injured Mohamed Abdel-Shafi.  

16:30 Striker Amr Marei plays his first international game ever as Shikabala plays for the first time in three years.

16:00 Head-to-head record: Egypt won 12, lost 7, drew 5, scored 34, conceded 28
Biggest win:  Egypt 5-1 Ghana (Olympics) on 18 October 1964
Biggest defeat: Egypt 1-6 Ghana (World Cup qualifiers playoff) on 15 October 2013

15:45 Egypt beat Ghana 2-0 in their previous World Cup qualifier in November 2016. The seven-time African champions defeated Ghana again at the Nations Cup early this year, with a free-kick from Salah giving them a 1-0 victory. 

15:10 Egypt's starting lineup: Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Elmohamady, Rami Rabia, Ali Gabr, Karim hafez, Sam Morsi, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan, Mahmoud "Shikabala", Ramadan Sobhi, Amr Marie

15:00 Key West Bromwich center-back Ahmed Hegazi has been also left out due to personal reasons, with another regular defender in left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi missing the game through injury.

14:40 Ghana's starting lineup: Richard Ofori; Harrison Afful, Lumor Angenyenu, Kassim Nuhu, Daniel Amartey, Mubarak Wakaso, Edwin Gyasi, Ebenezer Ofori, Raphael Dwamena, Godfred Donsah, Nana Ampomah.

14:15 Ghana have managed to reach the past three World Cup editions, while Egypt qualified for next year's finals for the first time since 1990.

13:00 Ghana, on the other side, will not be going into the home game at full strength, with star duo Asamoah Gyan and Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu all out due to thigh injuries.

12:30 Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah, whose brace against Congo sent his side to the World Cup, has been rested for the game following a hectic spell with both club and country, as Saudi-based winger Shikabala was called up for the first time in three years.

12:00 Egypt manager Hector Cuper will be looking to tweak his side against Ghana in Cape Coast in the final World Cup Group E qualifier after guaranteeing a spot at the 2018 Russia finals.

 

Venue: Baba Yara Stadium (Kumasi)

Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

Teams' position:

Ghana: (3rd with 6 points after five games)

Egypt: (1st with 12 points after five games)

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