Relive: Mozambique 0-1 Egypt (World Cup qualifier)
Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Jun 2013
Egypt qualify for the final World Cup qualifying playoff after beating Mozambique 1-0 in Maputu on Sunday


The referee blows his final whistle, Mozambique 0-1 Egypt

90+2 Egypt's third substitution, Abdallah El-Saied replaces Abou-Treika.

90+1 Mohamed Salah again misses with the goal at his mercy, having skipped past the keeper after he rushes out of the area. However, a last-ditch interception by the Mozambique defence denies him.

88 Salah wastes another opportunity for Egypt! He rounds the keeper after a breakaway but his angled effort goes across the box.

87 Three minutes remaining. Egypt are holding firm.

85 Abou-Treika squanders Egypt's best chance!! He is picked out unmarked inside the area by a superb long ball but he blasts the ball high over with the goal at his mercy.

83 Mozambique are pushing forward in the latter stages in a bid to secure a share of spoils.

81 A last-ditch tackle by Mozambique's Joao Mazive denies Ahmed Elmohamady from close range.

80 Egypt are moving the ball around in an apparent wasting of time.

77 With 13 minutes remaining, Egypt edge close to a place in the final World Cup qualifying playoff.

75 After being briefly threatened, Egypt regain the upper hand.

72 A curling shot by Ahmed Temsah goes narrowly wide as Egypt regain their composure.

71 Egypt come close to doubling their lead! Midfielder Amr El-Sulaya picks out Ahmed Fathi with a chipped past but the latter's looping effort misses the target after the keeper rushes out.

67 Egypt make their second substitution. Ahmed Eid is replaced by fellow attacking midfielder Ahmed Temsah as Bradley seeks to beef up his attacking options.

63 Mozambique have the better possession. Egypt are still trying to regain their rhythm.

60 Rather than pushing forward to defend their slender advantage, Egypt drifted back in the first 15 minutes of the second half to repel a wave of Mozambique attacks.

59 Mozambique are piling on pressure, keeping Egypt's defenders on their toes.

57 What a chance for Mozambique! Ekramy punches at thin air following a corner but make amends in superb fashion, diving to his right to block a fierce shot from the edge of the area.

56 Mozambique make their first substitution, Diogo replaces Pelembe Heider.

54 Mozambique's tame efforts are easily denied by Egypt's defence.

51 Ahmed Eid almost doubles Egypt's advantage! He breaks clear but his low shot is blocked by Ricardo De Campos.

50 Miro's ensuing free-kick is saved by Egypt keeper Ekramy.

49 Egypt defender Wael Gomaa receives a yellow card for a foul on an opponent.

48 Egypt will be looking to put the result beyond doubt. They are relying on the same strategy that usually involves a Salah-Abou-Treika maneuver.

45 Egypt make their first substitution. Ineffective striker Ahmed Gaafar is replaced with right winger Ahmed Elmohamady.

The second half is underway

The referee blows his half-time whistle, Mozambique 0-1 Egypt

45+1 Mozambique keeper Ricardo De Campos palms away a curling shot from Ahmed Eid from inside the area.

45 Egypt are likely to double their advantage, with Mozambique showing little resistance.

43 Salah takes his tally to four goals in two games. He is Egypt's most lethal weapon.

41 A superb move ends with the in-form Salah finding the net! Abou-Treika releases Fathi with a deft pass and the right-back cuts the ball back for the Basel forward to drill home with aplomb.##

41 GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR EGYPT!!

39 Mozambique create their first chance! Apson Majante chests down a cross at the far post and sends an angled volley that narrowly misses the target.

38 Mozambique's Joao Mazive receives a yellow card for a challenge on an opponent.

36 Egypt's display is nowhere near the energetic one they produced against Zimbabwe.

34 The tempo is very slow now.

30 Egypt maintained their superiority in the second quarter of an hour, but the goal-scoring opportunities are still scarce.

29 Mozambique's Marco Simamuna sends a weak shot from the edge of the area that is easily collected by Egypt keeper Sherif Ekramy.

26 Egypt are exposing the gaps in Mozambique's shaky defence, but they are yet to find the breakthrough.

24 Mozambique defenders are desperately clearing several crosses from the left. Egypt lay siege to the hosts' area.

23 A cross from Egypt left-back Ahmed Shedid is cleared by the defence just before it reaches the lurking Abou-Treika.

20 Egypt come close with another effort from the lively Salah. He receives a pass inside the area and cuts inside his marker but his subsequent low effort, under pressure from another defender, is saved by the keeper.

17 A trademark through pass from Abou-Treika releases Salah but he just fails to get on the end of it, with the keeper rushing out in a timely manner to clear the ball.

15 The first quarter of an hour was dull. Egypt created a half-chance while Mozambique tried in vain to float in some crosses.

13 Both sides are still sluggish, exchanging some tame efforts.

12 A poor free-kick by Mozambique's Dito strikes the wall.

9 Gaafar is unsettling Mozambique's defence in aearial challenges. He is constantly criticized by Zamalek fans for wasting easy goal-scoring opportunities, will he make amends on the international level?

7 At the other end, a Mozambique cross picks out Miro at the far post, but his shot goes high over.

6 Ahmed Gaafar side-foots a long ball but his weak effort is collected by the keeper.

5 Mozambique are trying to send some long balls behind Egypt's backline, but the visitors still have the upper hand.

3 In Egypt's first foray forward, striker Ahmed Gaafar runs onto a superb chipped pass from Mohamed Abou-Treika but Mozambique keeper rushes out to clear the danger.

2 Egypt will be relying on the pace and trickery of Mohamed Salah to break down Mozambique's defence.

The match is underway

14:50 Both sides are lining up for the national anthems.

14:20 Bradley switches back to his favourite 4-2-3-1 formation. Zamalek's Ahmed Gaafar will spearhead the attack, playing in front of attacking midfielders Mohamed Abou-Treika, Ahmed Eid and Mohamed Salah.

14:00 Egypt's starting line-up: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Shedid, Hossam Ashour, Amr El-Sulaya, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Ahmed Eid, Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Gaafar.

13:45 Egypt coach Bob Bradley has earned plaudits after helping the Pharaohs collect maximum 12 points from their opening four matches in Group G.##

13:30 It remains to be seen whether Egypt coach Bob Bradley will stick to the three-man defence he deployed against Zimbabwe despite some errors by Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Fathallah which helped the hosts score two goals last week.

13:00 A win would lift Egypt to the last qualifying round with one game to spare in the group. A draw coupled with a Guinea failure to overcome Zimbabwe later on Sunday would also see the Pharaohs advance.

12:45 Egypt beat Mozambique with the same 2-0 scoreline in four meetings between both sides.##

12:30 Mohamed Abou-Treika impressed in last week's 4-2 victory at Zimbabwe via his trademark precise passes, scoring a goal and setting up Mohamed Salah for a treble.##

Stay tuned for Ahram Online's special live coverage of the 2014 World Cup qualifier Group G match between Egypt and Mozambique in Maputo.

A win for Egypt in Sunday's away game to Mozambique will be enough to lift them to the final round of the World Cup qualifiers with one match remaining.

The match kicks off at 15:00 CLT (13:00 GMT)

Egypt's likely line-up:

Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud Fathallah, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Shedid, Ahmed Fathi, Ibrahim Salah, Mohamed El-Neny, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Ahmed Hassan Mekki

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