RELIVE: Egypt v Ghana (2018 World Cup qualifiers)

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Nov 2016

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

Egypt vs. Ghana
Egypt and Roma winger Mohamed Salah tries to side-step two Ghana defenders in their 2013 World Cup qualifying playoff in Kumasi (File Photo: AP)

Full time: Egypt 2-0 Ghana

90+3 The referee blows the whistle!!! Egypt are now two points clear at the top of Group E.

90+1 Warda comes in for Trezeguet, as El-Said makes way for Moemen Zakareya.

90' The ref gives three minutes of stoppage time..

89' Waris replaces Wakaso for Ghana's second change.

88' Another counter sees Ramadan take time on the ball before passing to the ounrushing Hamed whose shot misses the target.

85' A counter attack sees Ramadan get into the area from the left before Salah passes the ball to El-Said who turns and finds the far corner of the net with a low strike!! 

85' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! El-Said makes it two!!!

82' Fathi again makes a timely sliding tackle to keep the ball away... Ghana are now looking a bit dangerous.

79' El-Hadary thwarts a Badu header... the keeper is quite superb tonight!!

77' Wakaso hits a long-range shot that goes high over the bar.

75' The first yellow card of the game goes to Jordan Ayew

73' Free kick for Ghana following a foul by Tarek Hamed 20 yards in front of the penalty area.

71' Partey makes way for Leicester City's Schlupp..

70' El-Hadary appears to have sustained a muscle sprain.

68' The Black Stars look to have tired a bit, showing lower levels of determination as Egypt control the ball now..

64' Right-back Ahmed Fathi has been totally composed tonight with a superb defensive display.

62' What a save!!! El-Hadary denies Atsu's near-post effort from inside the area!! Excellent from the veteran keeper!!

59' Trezeguet plays a through pass for Salah but Amartey is there to clear away. Egypt have been dictating play during those past few seconds.

55' Ramadan receives the ball in front of the Ghana defense but hits a weak shot..

53' Badu misses a header from close-range!! Abdel-Shafy was the man making in the free kick play.

51' A free-kick by Ghana cleared away by Trezeguet

49' Ramadan doing a great job defensively, could he justify his claim to become Cuper's main man on the flank?

47' Wakasso fouled Abdallah who receives the ball in space..

46' Ramadan Sobhi replaces striker Bassem Morsi, as Salah looks set to become a lone striker upfront. Bassem has looked exhausted near the end of the half as now Cuper will be relying on Ramadan's abilities in possession.

The second half begins..

45+3 The referee blows the half-time whistle!!!

45' El-Hadary goes to the ground in an attempt to waste time after going in front.

44' After Trezeguet evaded a couple of challengers as he got into the area, Afful tripped the Egypt winger before eventuall Salah made no mistake from the spot!!!



40' Salah and Morsi try to combine on the counter but Ghana are doing great to press. 

36' Badu tried to strike from distance, but misses the target.

34' Abdel-Shafi started to gain confidence going forward, but a combination with Trezeguet eventually fails.

30' Egypt started to grow slightly into the game, but still there are gaps for Ghana to exploit.

28' Ghana piling up the pressure, with Baba Rahman now pushing forward down the left.

25' How close!!! Salah misses from inside the six-yard box, as Egypt gets into the game now.

23' As we've just said, Egypt need to close down spaces better, with Jordan afforded space and strikes from outside the area but his effort goes wide.

22' Egypt needs to be more compact without the ball, and much more coherent with the ball. The host are yet to pose threat up untill now.

16' Elneny pressed by Jordan Ayew who is eventually pulled down by the Arsenal man, but the referee did not yellow card him.

15' After 15 minutes Ghana seem the better side now bossing possession, with Egypt unable to retrieve the ball!

12' Egypt gets the first corner now..

11' Afful pushes forward but his attempted cross goes out for corner

10' A through ball attempted towards Ayew but defender Gabr clears away!

8' Both teams appear cautious in the opening period. 

6' Both teams looked to rely on long balls early on..

5' Free kick for Ghana after the visitors were able to get two corners in succession.

2' A free kick chipped by El-Said for Salah but the keeper rushes out in time to clear the danger!!

1' Kick off!

18:00 The national anthems are currently being played.

17:55 Both teams are now lining up for the national anthems.

17:30 With 30 minutes left, the Egypt squad are warming up in front of a vociferous crowd.

17:15 Both teams are currently warming up now.

16:45 The Borg El-Arab Stadium seems to be fully packed now with the home fans with more than hour to go.

Egypt fans cheers on their way to the stadium before the start of the game against Ghana. (Reuters)
Egypt fans cheers on their way to the stadium before the start of the game against Ghana. (Reuters)

16:30 Despite Sobhi's fine displays for Stoke City of late, Cuper remains adamant to start with his favored Trezeguet at the left.

16:15 As expected, Ahmed Fathi came into the side to fill the right-back slot, with Ahmed Hegazy partnering Ali Gabr in defense.

16:00 Egypt's starting lineup:

Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed Fathi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet', Mohamed Salah, Bassem Morsi 

15:30 Ghana's center of defense will feature Jonathan Mensah and Leicester City's Amartey, with center-back Boye dropped from the starting line-up.

15:00 Egypt manager Hector Cuper would most probably continue with his favored 4-2-3-1 format, featuring Tarek Hamed and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny as the holding duo.

14:30 Ghana's starting lineup: Razak Brimah; Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Jonathan Mensah; Mubarak Wakaso, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew , Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu.

14:00 Ghana will go into the game missing the services of Asamoah Gyan and Juventus playmaker Kwadwo Asamoah due to respective injuries – depriving their potent attack of much-needed strength. West Ham forward Andre Ayew, meanwhile, has recuperated from injury and is now ready to feature against Egypt – who boast another English Premier League winger in Stoke City's Ramadan Sobhi.

13:30 Egypt's probable lineup: Essam El-Hadadry; Mohamed Abdel-Sahfi, Ahmed Hegazy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Fathi; Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed; Mohamed Salah, Abdallah El-Saied, Mahmoud Hassan 'Trezeguet'; Basem Morsi

13:00 Ghana's goalless home draw with minnows Uganda in the group opener played perfectly into the hands of Egypt, who wasted no chance to come from behind and earn a 2-1 victory at Congo – signaling their intentions early on in the group campaign.

12:00 Egypt will be eyeing a victory over Group E rivals Ghana to boost their chances for a long-awaited World Cup qualification when the powerhouses meet at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday.

Venue: Alexandria Borg El-Arab Stadium (Egypt)

Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

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