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VIDEO: Egypt thrash Chad to reach group stage of World Cup qualifiers
Egypt advanced to the final round of the World Cup qualification after thrashing Chad 4-0 in the return leg of the second round of the qualifiers.
Despite losing 1-0 in the first leg, the Pharaohs qualified to the group stage with an easy home win over Chad on Tuesday.
The game took place at Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, with the Chadian team arriving in the airport just one hour before kick-off.
Egypt XI: El-Shennawy; Omar Gaber, Saad Samir, Ahmed Hegazy, Sabry Raheel; Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed El-Nenny; Mostafa Fathy (Amr Warda 76’), Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud Kahraba (Momen Zakaria 83’); Ahmed Hassan Kouka( Amr Gamal 80’)
Chad XI: Mfaili Madgi; Beadoum Monde, Kévin Nicaise, Léger Djimrangar, Nassar Kolingar, Cesar Abaya, Morgan Betorangal, Herman Doumnan, Ezechiel N’Douass’el, Rodrigue Ninga,
Mohamed El Nenny opened the scoreline in the 6th minute as Omar Gaber squared him the ball from the right side to finish the ball in the upper corner.
In the 9th minute, Mostafa Fathi skillfully took on a player and made space for himself to cross to Abdallah El-Said who latched onto the ball making it 2-0 for the Pharaohs.
Egypt scored the third in the 23rd minute but it was wrongly called offside. After a beautiful series of passes on the right side, Ghaly received the ball in the middle of the park to set up Sabry Rahil down the left flank whose shot was saved and Koka was on the rebound but the goal was cancelled as Abdallah El-Said was on offside.
At the half hour mark, Chad’s goalkeeper saved his team from the third goal. After deflecting a corner, Koka went on the counter-attack, passing the ball to Kahraba who crossed the ball to Mostafa Fathi but Fathi’s powerful shot was saved.
Five minutes later, Ahmed Hassan Koka scored Egypt’s third goal as he headed in Abdallah El-Said’s cross from the left side.
Koka scored his second of the match, making it 4-0 for the Pharaohs in the 39th minute as he latched onto Sabry Rahil’s cross from the left side.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Abdallah El-Said released Kahraba on the counter-attack down the right side. Kahraba passed the ball to Mostafa Fathi, setting him one-on-one with Chad’s goalkeeper but the 21-year-old failed attempt to chip the keeper went beside the goal post.
In the 67th minute, Kahraba and Mostafa Fathi linked up again on another counter-attack as Kahraba dribbled the ball from the middle of the park to pass to Fathi on the left side but his outer foot shot went wide over the bar.
Mostafa Fathi was unstoppable as he dribbled down the right side and nutmegged the Chadian defender to see his shot go over the bar again.
The Pharaohs right flank was on fire in the 77th minute, as Omar Gaber sprinted down the right side to cross to Koka who hardly shot the ball but his shot went high and wide.
Amr Warda was close from making it 5-0, after he headed in Abdallah El-Said’s corner but the keeper beautifully saved the ball.
Egypt qualified to the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Russia after winning 4-1 on aggregate, with the draw of the final round set to be held in June 2016.