Relive: Egypt vs Ghana (World Cup playoff)

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Egypt claim a 2-1 win over Ghana but the Black Stars qualify for the World Cup with a comprehensive 7-3 aggregate win on Tuesday

Mohamed Salah with Jerry Akaminki and Rashid Sumaila
Mohamed Salah (C) of Egypt fights for the ball with Jerry Akaminki (L) and Rashid Sumaila of Ghana during their World Cup 2014 African zone qualifying soccer match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi October 15, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Full time: Egypt 2-1 Ghana

The referee blows his final whistle

Shikabala wastes a golden chance to score the third for Egypt. He blasts over the bar with the goal at his mercy after he is found by a pass from Mohamed Salah.

89 Kevin-Prince Boateng catches Egypt's defence napping, to ghost behind his marker and blasts a low centre from Gyan into the roof of the net.


Just two minutes remaining. Egypt have at least saved face following an embarrassing first-leg defeat.

84 Gedo receives a yellow card for a challenge on opponent.

83 Gedo's angled drive beats Dauda at the near post after he latches onto a through pass from Mohamed Salah. Egypt still needs three more goals if they are to cause a huge upset.


Egypt defender Rami Rabiea is booked for bringing down Wakaso Mubarak after the latter skips past him.

79 Ghana make their final substitution. Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng replaces Abdul Majeed Waris.

76 Less than 15 minutes remaining. Ghana have all but booked their place at the World Cup.

75 Egypt are unlucky not to score!! a goal-line clearance after Mohamed Salah side-foots a loose ball prevents the Pharaohs from adding the second.

74 Hazem Emam superbly rounds his challenger on the right and whips in an inch-perfect cross but none of his teammates connect with the ball.

73 Ghana make their second substitution. Muntari, who is booked for wasting time, is replaced by Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

72 With less than 20 minutes remaining, Egypt's hopes are fading. Scoring four goals looks an almost impossible task.

71 Shikabala's over-reliance on his talent lets him down, as he gives away possession far too easily.

69 A low shot from Substitute Shikabala misses the target. 

68 Salah tries to make the most of his pace to skip past his challenger but Dauda rushes out to clear the ball.

67 It's a dull affair after the restart. Egypt still have the better possession but they are unable to create any clear-cut chances.

64 A header from Egypt defender Mohamed Naguib following a corner goes over the bar.

62 A low, long-range free-kick from Sulley Muntari goes just wide.

61 Egypt make their third and final substitution. Winger Mohamed Abdel-Razek 'Shikabala' replaces Amr Zaki, who appears to have sustained an injury.

60 Egypt ease off in the second half. They have so far failed to build on their energetic first-half display.

57 Abou-Treika comes close to adding the second! He flicks a cross from Abd-Rabou and attempts a bicycle kick that goes just over the bar.

56 Egypt make their second substitution. Central midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou replaces defensive midfielder Ahmed Fathi, who was one of Egypt's best performers in the first half.

54 Ghana's forwards are repeatedly flagged for offside.

50 At the other end, Mohamed Salah cuts inside from the right and sends a curling shot that goes high over.

49 A tame shot by a Ghanaian forward is easily collected by keeper Sherif Ekrami.

48 A shot on the turn from Gedo is blocked by the Ghanaian defence inside the area. Egypt are mounting early pressure.

47 Egypt need to score four goals without reply in the second half if they are to achieve a stunning comeback.

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle

Egypt's darting winger Hazem Emam exchanges passes with Mohamed Salah and jinks into the area but his right-foot low shot is saved by the keeper.

45 The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time, prompting a furious reaction from Egypt coach Bob Bradley on the touchline.

44 Daniel Opare receives a yellow card for a challenge on Hazem Emam.

43 Egypt are piling on pressure in a bid to double their lead before halftime.

42 Egypt have a penalty claim waved away by the referee after Salah makes a darting run before going down under an apparent challenge from his marker.

40 Egypt make their first substitution. Forward Mohamed Nagy 'Gedo' replaces attacking midfielder Mahmoud Kahraba.

39 A Ghanaian defender is booked for a wild challenge on Amr Zaki.

36 A superb tackling from left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy denies Ghana a clear-cut chance on the counter.

35 A powerful shot by Amr Zaki from the edge of the area is superbly tipped over by Dauda.

34 Salah tries to run onto a chipped pass from central midfielder Hossam Ghaly but he fails to catch it before it goes out for a goal kick.

33 Egypt are desperate to score again before halftime.

30 A free-kick from Ghana's Sulley Muntari strikes the wall and goes out for a corner.

28 Egypt need to score four more goals to advance. They are producing a spirited display so far.

25 A dreadful blunder from Ghana's keeper Dauda allows Egypt to go ahead! He fails to grasp a free-kick from Abou-Treika as the ball hits Zaki's back and goes into an empty net.


Egypt's repeated crosses are cleared by Ghana's backline.

22 Fathi tries his luck from the edge of the area but his shot is deflected off a defender for a corner.

21 The overlapping Salah finds Amr Zaki on the edge of the area but the latter's return pass is wayward.

20 Ahmed Fathi is putting in a spirited display in midfield, cutting short several Ghanaian attempts.

17 It remains an evenly-balanced affair. Neither side have the upper hand.

15 Egypt had the better possession in the first quarter of an hour, but they are yet to create genuine goal-scoring opportunities.

13 After a flowing move, Egypt's attacking midfielder Kahraba just fails to get on the end of a through pass as Daouda intercepts to clear the danger.

11 Egypt's lone striker Amr Zaki roams around the area to create spaces for his onrushing teammates.

10 A low, long-range free kick from Egypt's talisman Mohamed Abou-Treika narrowly misses the target.

8 A tame shot by right-back Hazem Emam is easily handled by Ghana keeper Dauda. Egypt are yet to create any chances.

6 Ghana waste a goal-scoring opportunity! Rashid Sumaila breaks clear but his angled shot goes just wide.

6 A long-free kick from Sulley Muntari is easily collected by Egypt keeper Sherif Ekrami.

4 Ghana's compact midfield is always hard to break down. Egypt are relying on the pace of Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Abou-Treika's deft passes to mount threats upfront.

1 In Egypt's first attempt, a long-range shot by Amr Zaki is blocked by Ghana keeper Fatau Dauda.

1 Roared on by a passionate crowd, Egypt are looking to make an explosive start.

The match is underway

Both sides step onto the pitch, lining up for the national anthems.

17:45 Egyptian supporters are making "5-0" signs, referring to the number of goals the Pharaohs need to score to book an unlikely spot at the World Cup.

17:30 Egypt midfielder Mohamed Abou-Treika received a special welcome by the fans on his centurion especially that he is set to quit international football after the game.

17:20 Both teams' players are now warming up on the pitch.

17:00 With one hour to go, both teams arrived at the stadium and are now in the dressing rooms.

Egypt coach Bob Bradley made several changes in his lineup. The major surprise was the axing of experienced defender Wael Gomaa while introducing Kahraba and Emam who are set to play their first official games.

16: 40 Egypt announce starting eleven vs Ghana:
Sherif Ekrami – Hazem Emam, Rami Rabiea, Mohamed Naguib, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy – Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Fathi – Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim 'Kaharaba', Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamad Salah, Amr Zaki.

16:10 Coach Kwesi Appiah has opted for a strong and experienced midfield with Essien, Muntari and Asamoah as central midfielders. Ayew and Waris will be mostly deployed as wingers behind Asamoah Gyan.


Asamoah Gyan

Sulley Muntari

16:00: Supporters have enterred into the stadium and it seems we will have a packed stadium despite all the incidents unfolding today.

Coach Kwesi Appiah made only one change to the team that beat Egypt 6-1 in Kumasi last month. Harrison Afful will start at the right back instead of Samuel Inkoom. Kevin-Prince Boateng will start on the bench.

15:10 Ghana announce lineup for the game: 
Fatau Dauda - Harrison Afful, Daniel Opare, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila - Michael Essien, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah - Abdul Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan.

15:00 Scores of Egyptian fans arrive in front of Cairo's 30 June Stadium ahead of today's anticipated match

14:45 "I expect a different strategy and formation from Egypt's technical staff today. The Pharaohs' players will be more determined to revenge from the humiliating defeat in Kumasi, but scoring five goals may be out of reach," football expert Khaled Bayoumi tells Ahram Online.

14:20 Mohamed Abou-Treika is Egypt's inspirational playmaker. He scored six goals and delivered four others.

Mohamed Abou-Treika

14:15 Mohamed Salah is Egypt's top scorer during the qualifiers, having netted six goals.

Mohamed Salah

14:00 The Pharaohs’ dreams of ending a 24-year wait for a World Cup appearance dealt a huge blow with their 6-1 humiliating defeat in the first leg last month in Kumasi

13:00 Al-Salmiya striker Amr Zaki seems to have secured a spot in Egypt's starting eleven after showing 'signs of progress' in training camp


Stay tuned. Game starts at 16:00 GMT

Egypt need a five-goal margin victory to overturn their 6-1 thrashing defeat in the first leg.


30 June Stadium, Cairo (Egypt)


Referee: Noumandiez DOUE (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo YEO (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Claude BIRUMUSHAHU (BDI)
Fourth official: Bienvenu SINKO (CIV)

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