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Egypt vs Ghana – LIVE
Follow minute-by-minute commentary of the first leg of the African World Cup qualifying play-off between Egypt and Ghana at the Baba Yara Stadium on Tuesday Oct 15, 2013, kick-off 16:00 (GMT).
The Pharaohs of Egypt aim for their first World Cup since 1990 while the Black Stars of Ghana target a third straight qualification.
Egypt XI (4-3-3): Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Shedid; Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed El-Nenny, Hossam Ashour; Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman.
Ghana XI (4-2-3-1): Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, Jeremiah Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Daniel Opare, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Abdul Majeed Waris.
The teams are out and national anthems are now being played, kick off is imminent!
1′ – We’re underway in Kumasi! Ghana have won the toss, Egypt kicked off.
1′ – Chance for Ghana. Saved by Ekramy, shaky start!
2′ – Another chance for Ghana! Bad header back to Ekramy who rushed out to smother the danger, injuring himself in the process.
4′ – Goal to Ghana. Slack defence punished by Asamoah Gyan.
7′ – Play has evened out, The Pharaohs looking comfortable in possession.
10′ – Goalkick to Ghana.
11′ – Corner to Egypt.
13′ – Counter attack by Egypt quickly broken up by the so far solid Ghanaian defence.
14′ – Ekramy pulls off a brilliant save to keep the scores at 1-0!
16′ – Another big big save from Ekramy! Absolutely top drawer!
20′ – Still 1-0 to the Black Stars, with two huge Ekramy saves keeping the Ghanaians at bay.
21′ – Corner to Ghana. Cleared easily by the Egyptian defence.
22′ – 2-0 to Ghana. That will go down as an own goal from Gomaa after some great skill from Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.
25′ – Egypt need to get on top of this ASAP. At this rate it could become embarrassing. Midfield and defence is a shambles right now.
27′ – Egypts first shot is off target. Good link up play from Abou-Trika and Salah.
28′ – Corner to Egypt. Keeper comes off his line as the ball falls to Salah, with his first time shot going over.
32′ – Salahs blocked shot leads to a counter attack from Ghana, ending up in a throw in for the Black Stars.
34′ – Mohamed Naguib has missed an absolute sitter from a dangerous Abou-Trika free kick. unmarked at the back post, he’s missed a header 6 yards out!
36′ – Yellow card to Ghaly for a foul outside the box. This will be dangerous!
36′ – Free kick blocked by the wall.
38′ – Yellow card to Ghana. Free kick to Egypt after some brilliant work from Salah.
39′ – Corner to Egypt. Cleared easily. Egypt still in possession.
40′ – Chance to Ghana on the counter. Saved easily by Ekramy!
41′ – Penalty to Egypt!!!
41′ – GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOU-TRIKAAAAAAAAAAAA!
41′ – Abou-Trika sends the keeper the wrong way after Salah was brought down in the box! Game on.
44′ – Free kick to Ghana on the edge of the box is headed in. 3-1 to Ghana. Defence in shambles again.
45+3′ – Goalkick to Egypt. That signals the end of the first half. Egypt 3-1 down at the break courtesy of Gyan, a Gomaa own goal and a Waris header. Egypt pulled one back, a penalty from Mohamed Abou-Trika in an enthralling first half.
45′ – We’re back underway, with the Pharaohs needing a big second half here in Kumasi. Shikabala has come on at the break.
47′ – Free kick to Ghana after a foul by El-Mohammady. Results in a corner to Ghana.
49′ – Foul on Essien by Gomaa results in a small argument. Referee steps in to diffuse the situation. Free kick to Ghana.
52′ – Another free kick to Ghana as El-Mohamady fouls Ayew.
53′ – 4-1 to Ghana as Gyan heads home a deflected scissor kick. The dream is fading.
55′ – Ekramy down injured. It’s just not Egypts day.
57′ – El Shennawy on for Ekramy. Egypt in real trouble now. No subs left to use for the remaining 33 minutes.
60′ – Throw in to Egypt in an attacking position. The Pharaohs must make everything count.
63′ – Salah nearly through on goal. Ref judged it as a foul though, quite harshly.
65′ – Free kick on the edge of the box as Abou-Trika brings down Gyan. Gyan steps up to take the free kick, with the ball hitting the wall and going out for a corner.
66′ – Corner cleared by the defence, with a counter attack launched from an Egyptian free kick. Nothing comes of it though, and Ghana still with possession launch an attack. Shot saved by Ekramy.
68′ – Walid Soliman brought down. Free kick to Egypt in a promising position. Abou-Trika whips it in, shot from Naguib goes wide.
71′ – Penalty to Ghana. Yellow card to El Shennawy. Dispatched cooly by Muntari. 5-1 to Ghana. The dream is as good as over.
76′ – Corner to Ghana. Defence is absolutely shocking today. Gaps all over the place.
77′ – Big chance for Ghana again. Defence caught napping from a cross. Waris couldn’t steer hit shot on to the target.
79′ – Corner to Egypt after a deflected Salah shot/cross. Gyan has come off for Wakasu Mubarak for the Black Stars. Corner results in a free kick to Ghana.
80′ – 10 minutes remain here in Kumasi. No sense of urgency from the Egyptian players who are content with hitting on the counter.
82′ – Muntari and Ayew off. Badu and Atsu on for the Black Stars.
84′ – Decent build up by Egypt, ball falls to Shikabala who can’t control in acres of space.
87′ – Ghana looking dangerous every time they go forward. Corner to Ghana played short.
88′ – Atsu with a belter of a goal. Cuts in on his left foot and rips a left footed grass cutter past El Shennawy into the bottom left corner of the net. 6-1 to Ghana now. World Cup dreams over for the Pharaohs.
90+1′ – Long ranged Badu shot saved by El Shennawy.
90+2′ – Abou-Trika caught offside. Shot was off target regardless.
90+5′ – It’s all over here in a very rainy Kumasi. The Black Stars have pulled off a massive 6-1 victory over the lackluster Egyptians. Congratulations to Ghana. Fully deserved.