Egypt vs Ghana LIVE!
Follow minute-by-minute commentary of the second leg of the African World Cup qualifying play-off between Egypt and Ghana at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo. Kick off will commence at 18:00 Cairo time.
The Pharaohs need a miracle to overcome a deficit of 5 goals to qualify for the World Cup. With a 5 goal advantage, the Black Stars are almost there, adding to the nearly 24 years it has been since Egypt last featured at a World Cup.
Egypt Confirmed XI vs. Ghana: Sherif Ekramy; Hazem Emam, Rami Rabia, Naguib, Mohamed AbdelShafy; Ghaly, Fathi; Mahmoud Kahraba, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamed Salah; Amr Zaki.
Ghana Confirmed XI vs. Egypt: Dauda; Afful, Akaminko, Sumaila, Opare; Essien, A. Ayew, Muntari, Asamoah; Gyan (c); Majeed Waris.
Players are out. Anthems are being heard, we are about 5 mins from kick off!
1′ – We’re underway here in Cairo. Ghana have kicked off.
2′ – Strong shot from Amr Zaki is straight at the keeper. Egypt looking menacing!
3′ – Free kick to Ghana is cleared by the Egyptian defence.
4′ – Foul on Hossam Ghaly. Egypt are sticking to the Ghanaian and Kahraba concedes a foul after a tussle for possession. Free kick comfortably saved by Ekramy.
6′ Extremely dangerous! Quick one two between the Ghanaian forwards results in a shot that just passed Ekramy’s post!
8′ – Foul on Amr Zaki just outside the area! Dangerous for Ghana, Abou-Treika/Fathi lining it up!
9′ – Abou-Treika just misses with a cheeky low free kick!
12′ – Salah finds some space to feed the ball out to the opposite wing, Kahraba earns a corner! Egypt looking very lively. As expected, Ghana have been deploying some time wasting tactics so far, with players going down quite easily under challenges.
17′ – Corner to Egypt, Salah to take it.
18′ – Salah whips in a very dangerous ball that almost went straight in. Free kick to Ghana for an obstruction on the keeper though.
22′ – Ahmed Fathi hits a shot which is deflected for another Egypt corner. The crowd are rumbling now!!!
24′ – Foul on Hazem Emam just outside the area. Good chance for Egypt to whip a good ball in.
25′ – GOALLLLLLLLLLL! AMR ZAKI BUNDLES THE BALL IN! 1-0 to Egypt!!!
28′ – The tempo of the match is speeding up as every minute passes. Free kick to Ghana deflected for a corner off the wall.
32′ – Ghanaian players going down very easily under any sort of challenge! Definitely not appreciated by the crowd. Mohamed Salah almost through on goal, there is real drive in this squad today!
34′ – Brilliant shot by Zaki acrobatically saved by Dauda! Corner to Egypt cleared by the Ghanaian defence, Zaki earns another corner a minute later!
38′ – Amr Zaki is on fire today! Free kick to Egypt in a dangerous position after relentless Zaki pressure sees him earn a kick in the back for his efforts. Abou-Treika to take it!
39′ – Shock sub as Kahraba comes off for Gedo. Looks tactical! The free kick from Egypt misses though, with a shot blocked desperately by Ghana!
41′ – Strong penalty shout for Egypt rejected after Salah is brought down!
44′ – Hazem Emam with some brilliant skill is brought down. Yellow card to Ghana’s number 4, free kick to Egypt. Free kick is cleared, 2 minutes of additional time to come.
46′ – Brilliant attack from Hazem Emam and Salah results in a shot which is smartly saved by the Ghanaian keeper.
HALF TIME! Egypt up 1-0, have not seen as good a performance as this from the Pharaohs in a long time!
45′ – The teams are back out and we’re underway. 1-0 at half time, can Egypt get four more?! Maybe, Egypt have a corner already!
52′ – The game is much more balanced so far in the second half. Both teams fighting for every ball! But Egypt have just earned another corner, which has been cleared.
55′ – SUB for Egypt, Abd-Rabo on for Fathi.
57′ – Over the shoulder attempt from Abou-Treika goes just over! Egypt attacking very well.
60′ – Corner to Egypt. Cleared again, as another sub is made by Bradley. Zaki off for Shikabala. Can the Zamalek talisman spark some life into the attack?!
62′ – Free kick to Ghana goes just wide as Muntari pulls the trigger from distance.
64′ – Brilliant link up play leads to another corner. Naguib heads over for a Ghanaian goal kick.
66′ – Corner to Ghana.
68′ – Shot from Shikabala goes wide. 22 minutes left, the Pharaohs hopes diminishes further as each second passes.
71′ – Much of the same as Egypt are still attacking heavily with no end product. Ghana make a change as Muntari comes off for Badu, scorer of a stunner in the first leg.
73′ Another dangerous ball in from Emam leads to nothing.
74′ – A Mohamed Salah shot has just been cleared off the line. Dangerous for Ghana. 10 men behind the ball now as they look to protect their lead. Egypt earn a free kick.
75′ – Abou-Treika heads a ball straight at the keeper, but it was offside. Up the other end now as Ghana have a corner.
78′ – Last sub for Ghana as Kevin Prince Boateng comes on for Waris.
80′ – Free kick to Ghana on the edge of the penalty area. Rabia earns a yellow card for his tackle. Free kick goes out for a goal kick.
83′ – GOALLLLLLLLL! Gedo scores as the fans throw a flare on the pitch! There might be trouble over that.
88′ – GOAL. But it’s not the goal we want. Kevin Prince Boateng scores to half the deficit. Tie over.
90′ – 5 minutes of added time to come.
92′ – Shikabala misses a guilt edged chance. Has been appalling since coming on.
FULL TIME: Ghana have made it, 7-3 on aggregate. Congratulations to the Black Stars and their fans, you will go far in Brazil.
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