The seven-time African champions Egypt claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Libya in Alexandria to move top of their World Cup qualifying group. Both teams will meet again in Benghazi in the fourth round of the qualifiers.
“Egypt team was stronger than us in this confrontation. I don’t have a specific plan for the coming game and I hope that we will be better and get the match’s three points,” the Spanish coach Clemente said in a TV interview after the game.
Egypt are now leading Group F with seven points from three matches, one point ahead of Libya and four clear of Angola. Gabon lie at the bottom with a solitary point.
Should the Pharaohs beat Libya in Benghazi in the second of a double-header on Monday, they will be in pole position to finish on top of the group and advance to the final two-legged playoff for a place in next year's World Cup finals in Qatar.
“Only one team will qualify for the final phase. Egypt team includes excellent players and their coach Carlos Queiroz has many solutions,” the Libya coach explained.
“I hope that we will be lucky and win Monday’s game,” the coach concluded.
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