VIDEO: Egypt down Uganda to go top of World Cup qualifying group
Egypt XI: Essam El-Hadary; Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazi, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed Salah; Amr Gamal.
Uganda XI: Denis Onyango; Nico Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko; Wasswa Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Okwi, Farouk Miya, Derrick Nsibambi; Joseph Ochaya.
Before the start of the game, Ghana managed to claim their first win in the qualifiers, beating Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville, meaning that the Pharaohs had to win against Uganda to keep alive their World Cup chances after their shock defeat to the Cranes in the third round.
Egypt started the game brilliantly as only six minutes after kick-off, Abdallah El-Said sent a chipped through-ball into the box that found Mohamed Salah whose first time effort was saved by Uganda’s Denis Onyango before the Liverpool winger managed to convert the rebound, making it 1-0 to the Pharaohs.
A fine cross from Mohamed Salah in the 12th minute found a free Abdallah El-Said but the attacking midfielder couldn’t latch onto it and the ball went wide for a goal-kick.
Another inch-perfect cross by Ahmed Fathi’s left foot in the 26th minute found a lurking Abdallah El-Said, who headed the ball with venom this time but Onyango was equal to it with a sublime save.
Uganda’s response came in the 18th minute when a brilliant cross surprised Egypt’s defense but Emanuel Okwi couldn’t find the target with the header.
Egypt entered the second-half looking to add another goal to their advantage as Salah cut inside in the 57th minute but his long-range effort was off target and in the 75th minute Trezeguet’s point blank shot was blocked off the line.
With three minutes to go to full-time, the Pharaohs kept the pressure on the Uganda cranes when Salah got past Godfrey Walusimbi and struck the ball on his preferred left foot, which forced another great save from Denis Onyango.
After this result, Egypt are now top of their group once again with nine points, two ahead of second-placed Uganda, while Ghana sit third with five points and Congo languish at the bottom of the group with only one point.
The Pharaohs next game will be against Congo on Sunday, October 8 at Borg El-Arab stadium, Alexandria at 19:00 CLT, while Uganda will be up against Ghana on Saturday, October 7 at Mandela National Stadium, Kampala.
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