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LIVE: Congo vs Egypt – 2018 World Cup qualifying
Ghana were held to a surprise draw at home by Uganda on Friday, in a turn of events that has given Egypt the chance to take charge of the group ahead of their clash with the Black Stars next month on home soil.
Egypt manager Hector Cuper has since claimed that he was not surprised to learn that Ghana had dropped points in Tamale, and the Argentina will be keen to take advantage of his rivals’ slip-up and help the Pharaohs top their group after the first round of matches.
A win at the Stade Municipal de Kintélé would be invaluable to the seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions, as they seek to qualify to a World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.
93: Full time! Egypt come from behind to secure a 2-1 away win to start their World Cup dream on the right foot.
93′: Surely the last attack now for Congo, as they have a throw in in the Egyptian third.
92′: CLOSE again! Abdallah El-Said sees his shot, following a one-two with Salah, stopped by the Congo keeper. He’s doing all he can to keep the home side in it.
91′: ALMOST! Sobhy almost makes it three, but the keeper denies him from close range.
90′: Three minutes of stoppage time awarded.
90′: Referee awards a dubious free kick for Congo, thwarting a would-be attack for Salah.
86′: CLOSE for the Congolese. The substitute, Prince, latches on to a through-ball, and Ali Gabr intervenes just in time to send it out for a corner kick. El-Hadary does well to deal with a thundering shot from the corner.
85′: Corner kick for Congo, as the home team makes another substitution.
83′: ALMOST! Ramadan Sobhy orchestrates an Egyptian attack, including a dummy by the new Stoke City man, leading to Abdallah El-Said sending his volley over the bar. He really should have made it 3-1.
82′: Promising attack for the Pharaohs ends at Koka dances with the ball on the edge of the box. El-Hadary comes out to collect a promising through ball on the ensuing counter attack.
81: Ramadan loses the ball in his own half, but Egypt gets enough bodies back to thwart the Congo attack.
79: Second substitution for Egypt, as Trezeguet is replaced by Ramadan Sobhi.
77′: Congo continue to push forward for the equalizer, as Egypt continue to defend with their lives.
73′: OH MY! Congo go close twice in twenty seconds! El Hadary comes out to clear a cross, isn’t able to get back into his goal in time, as his defenders bail him out by clearing a shot off the line. Seconds later, a cross comes in and Gabr gets a toe on it to deflect it off his own goalkeeper, and Egypt eventually smack the ball away. So close to an equalizer for the Congolese.
72′: Series of corners now for Congo, ultimately ending with Baudry sending his shot over the bar.
71′: First sub for the Egyptians as Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ replaces Bassem Morsy. He makes his first touch defending the free kick, as he deflects it out for a Congo corner.
70′: Hamed gives away another free kick 25 yards from goal.
69′: Long ball finds Salah, who earns a throw in deep in Congo territory.
67′: Egypt deals with the free kick well and spring a counter attack that is thwarted by the Congolese. Still 2-1 for the Egyptians.
66′: Free kick here for Congo, and a yellow card for Tarek Hamed.
57′: GOAL!! Tarek Hamed finds Mohamed Salah making a run down the side line. The Roma striker lays it off for Abdullah El Said who slots it home. 2-1 Egypt!
46′: Congo with the first dangerous chance as Ondama’s header goes just over the box.
45′: Back underway. Congo 1-1 Egypt.
HT: Congo 1-1 Egypt. Goals from Bifouma and Salah.
43′: Injury break: Congo keeper Mouabi clashes with Itoua.
41′: GOAL!!! MOHAMED SALAH! 1-1. Roma’s winger finally scores after Mohamed Abdelshafy crosses in from the left and Salah heads home from 6 yards out.
41′: Great run by Trezeguet down the right flank but his cross is cleared.
40′: Corner to Congo. Cleared by Bassem Morsi.
38′: Elneny crosses in but keeper clears before Morsy. Quick counter from Bifouma.
35′: Egypt win a free kick in a 35-yeards out. Ball is chipped over to Salah who wins a corner. Resulting corner played short and is lost. Congo counter.
34′: Mohamed Salah in on goal again but is offside, his shot was saved anyway.
32′: Great ball over the top by El Said that reaches Salah but his first touch/shot is poor.
31′: Omar Gaber fouls Moukassa and Congo win a corner on the left flank. Resulting free kick cleared.
28′: Congo threatening again. Bifouma threads Ondama who shoots but a fine save from El Hadary wins Congo a corner. Excellent from the 43-year-old keeper.
23′: Congo score. 1-0. Cross from the right flank by Bifouma is headed in by Dore.
22′ Egypt win a corner, played short again. Abdallah El Said whips in a cross, Mouyabi gets a touch on it but the referees do not see it and don’t give a corner!
21′ Ali Gabr with an excellent slide tackle inside the box to prevent a shot from the Congo attacker.
18′: Mohamed Salah with another chance!
17′: SO CLOSE! Mohamed Salah makes a run down the right side and he tries to chip the keeper from inside the box but the keeper pushes over for a corner. Resulting corner cleared by Congo.
16′: Great build up play from Egypt. The ball finds Trezeguet who shoots but Mouyabi saves.
15′: Omar Gabr’s cross finds Trezeguet who’s header is easily saved.
14′: Good build up play from Congo. Doré crosses in but it is cleared for a corner. Resulting corner cleared by Elneny and a fast break from Trezeguet is stopped.
12′: Great link up play with Abdel-Shafy and Trezeguet down the left wing but the Abdelshafy cannot get a cross in. A very open game so far, both sides with plenty of the ball.
11′: Injury break: Bifouma tries to win the ball but falls and clashes with Ali Gabr.
9′: Mohamed Elneny plays a ball over the top but Trezeguet cannot get to it. Congo win a free kick which is cleared and Egypt counter quickly.
7′: Congo win a corner. Bifouma heads over.
4′: Dangerous cross from Doré, El Hadary comes out and manages to fumble it out and it is eventually cleared by Abdelshafy.
3′: Great pressing from Egypt. Trezeguet wins the ball and Morsy pings a ball forward to Salah but the Congo keeper comes out of his box to clear.
1′: Strong start from Egypt. Morsy with a cross that doesn’t find Salah, then Trezeguet wins a corner for Egypt. Corner by El-Said is cleared.
Kick off! Egypt playing from right to left.
The national anthem’s blare out at the Stade de l’Unité, Brazzaville, Congo.
Fabrice Ondama declared fit for Egypt clash after passing late fitness tests. More here.
Can’t wait for the match to start? You can read our very own preview here.
Congo XI: Mouyabi; Baudry, Moubhio, Bakoua, Itoua, Imouele, Massengo, Tsiba, Doré; Bifouma, Ondama.
Egypt XI: Essam El-Hadary; Mohamed Abdelshafy, Islam Gamal, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Salah; Bassem Morsi.
Subs: El-Shennawy, Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ibrahim Salah, Mostafa Fathi, Mahmoud Kahraba, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’.