2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Egypt move to top of Group E after a 2-1 win over Congo

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Egypt's Pharaohs have moved to the top of Group E after a 2-1 win over Congo on Sunday away in Kintele, bagging three points, two more than Uganda and Ghana who played out a barren draw last Friday in Tamale, with Congo at the bottom of the standings pointless.

The victory came as a huge boost to the seven-time African champions, eyeing their first ever participation at the Mundial since 1990.

Backed by the home fans, ‘Les Diables Rouges’ started on a positive note and the partnership of Dore and Thievy Bifouma kept the Egyptian backline on their toes.

The pair teamed up for the opener on 24 minutes when a Bifouma cross from the right was met by Dore, leaving Egyptian 43-year old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary with no option.

The Pharaohs had to wait for four minutes before the break to level through a Salah's header after left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy tailor-measured pass found him.

Both teams resumed stronger but it was the Egyptians who made their presence felt with the second goal in the 58th minute which turned out to be the winner. Tarek Hamed’s long searching pass found Salah deep in the Congolese half, and Salah squared Saied, who bundled home past Congo goalie Gildas Kiwoko.

The Congolese pressed for the equalizer which remained elusive while Kiwoko denied Saied his second of the game with a superb save on the stroke of full time.

Egypt host Ghana in November in Alexandria while Uganda battles Congo in Kampala.
-0- PANA AR 9Oct2016

09 october 2016 20:08:45

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