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KingFut’s Recommended International Fixtures of the Week
The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are coming to an end and the destinations of the remaining tickets to Brazil will be settled during this special week.
Senegal vs. Cote d’Ivoire – 21:00 Cairo time
Senegal hope to score two unanswered goals to pass their mighty opponents – the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire – but it wont be easy. A 3-1 victory for Cote d’Ivoire may not be enough to settle the tie but it is considered a good advantage for Didier Drogba and company heading into the second leg in Morocco. Drogba hopes for a final appearance at the World Cup before he finishes his career while Senegal tries to regain the achievements of 2002.
Cameroon vs. Tunisia – 17:00 Cairo time
A very important match for the Arabic fans who hope to see as much Arab teams as possible at the World Cup. A goalless draw in the 1st leg seems to be in favor of Cameroon but an away goal at Yaounde can be enough to take Tunisia to a fifth appearance at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions still have a massive task on their hands before they can claim their ticket to Brazil and a second straight World Cup qualification.
Egypt vs. Ghana – 18:00 Cairo time
A match mainly to regain the pride of Egyptian football after the team was hammered in the first leg. Although Egypt was the only nation to have a perfect record in World Cup qualifying prior to the play-offs with 6 wins out of 6, the World Cup dream seems to be impossible. A 1-6 loss in Kumasi was a hard shock for the Egyptian supporters, and the Pharaohs will simply have to try again for Russia 2018 unless a miracle happens on Tuesday.
Algeria vs. Burkina Faso – 21:15 Cairo time
The easiest ticket up for grabs for an Arab team to reach Brazil, in my opinion. A 2-3 away loss in the first leg is not too bad of a result. Algeria with its excellent squad can pass almost any opponent when playing at home with the support of its enthusiastic fans.
Sweden vs. Portugal – 22:45 Cairo time
Ronaldo’s goal may not be enough to lead Portugal into the finals when playing against a team whose captain is Zlatan. All football fans across the world will miss one of two legends at the World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so expect a very exciting clash between these two stars for only one place at Brazil.
Nothing positive can be said about the performance of France in the first leg, only a big question mark. A 0-2 loss in Ukraine makes it very difficult for Les Bleus to reach Brazil to compete for a second World Cup title. It is still going to be an exciting match as the French will put it all on the line to avoid the anger of their fans, who can’t accept watching a World Cup without their team participating.
Uruguay vs. Jordan – 23:00 Cairo time
A match for the history books for Jordan’s players and fans. The ticket to Brazil is all but sealed for Uruguay after achieving 5-0 away win against Hossam Hassan’s side. Playing an official match against Uruguay in Montevideo will still be an unforgettable experience for Jordan, who will hope to leave a better image of themselves in the second leg.