Treika shines on 100th cap as Egypt maintain perfect World Cup qualifying record
Egypt maintained their perfect World Cup qualifying record with a 4-2 win over Guinea in Gouna Stadium on Tuesday.
Egypt XI vs Guinea: Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Adam El-Abd, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Shedid; Amr El-Sulaya (Amr Zaki), Hossam Ghaly; Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Shikabala (Ahmed Elmohamady); Ahmed Eid (Mahmoud Kahraba)
Goals from Hossam Ghaly, Abou-Treika, Salah and Amr Zaki kept Egypt’s 100% World Cup qualifying record intact with a 4-2 win over Guinea in Gouna Stadium on Tuesday.
Brighton-born Adam El-Abd, who was making his first competitive start for the Pharaohs after Wael Gomaa was dropped due to fear of suspension, scored an own-goal in the 4th minute following a mix-up with goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.
It was all Guinea in the opening 20 minutes in Gouna as Egypt, who have already secured their qualification to the final round, struggled to build up play with numerous incomplete passes – especially in the final third.
Lierse central midfielder Hossam Ghaly, who returned to the national team last month after recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture suffered during the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, equalised for the Pharaohs in the 38th minute. Abou-Treika sent in a cross towards El-Abd but Guinea failed to clear and Ghaly made no mistake on the volley from just over 6-yards out to score his first international goal since 2007.
FC Luzern and Egypt U-20 star Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim, known as “Kahraba” (Electricity) came on at half-time for his senior debut, replacing Zamalek’s Ahmed Eid. The forward literally sparked the Pharaohs attack with his electrifying runs down the left and it didn’t take long for Egypt to take the lead when Abou-Treika scored from the spot and Guinea defender Kamil Zayatte was sent off for handling a goal-bound shot.
A mistimed tackle from El-Abd allowed midfielder Seydouba Soumah to pounce on the counter and restore parity in the 57th minute.
Abou-Treika then turned provider to set up two late goals scored by Mohamed Salah and Amr Zaki respectively.
Treika sent an exquisite back heel pass into FC Basel winger Salah to net his 6th goal in as many World Cup qualifiers in the 83rd minute.
Amr Zaki, who came on for Amr El-Sulaya in the 78th minute, then latched onto a Treika pass four minutes later and scored – his first goal since scoring in Cairo against Algeria in 2010 World Cup qualifying – after his shot took a deflection to seal the win that gives the Pharaohs their 18th point in Group G.
Zamalek icon Shikabala put in an impressive performance on his return to the national team and was extremely unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with the Guinea keeper pulling of a string of superb saves.
Egypt are now set to face either Ivory Coast, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria or Cape Verde in the play-off round – five home-and-away fixtures played in October and November to determine the five Africa nations which progress to Brazil 2014.
The draw that will determine Egypt’s opponents in the play-off round will take place on September 16 in Cairo.
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