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Egypt Win But Ghana Qualify

Egypt carried on their good form at their fortress, the Air Force Stadium in Cairo, beating Ghana 2-1 in their second-leg World Cup play-off on Tuesday, but that was not enough as the Black Stars qualified with an aggregate score of 3-7.

Egypt needed to score five unanswered goals to qualify for the World Cup after losing the first-leg 6-1 in Ghana.

Amr Zaki who was one of the five changes to the Egypt team made by coach Bob Bradley, had the first chance of the second-leg play-off when he let fly from the edge of the penalty area in the opening minutes, but fired his shot straight at Ghana shot-stopper Fatau Dauda.

Ghana’s Rashid Sumaila then had the visitors first shot at goal but the defender dragged his effort narrowly wide from 18 yards.

The hosts then took the lead in the 25th minute giving them a glimmer of hope for World Cup qualification when striker Zaki bundled home a Mohamed Aboutrika free-kick from the right, to give Egypt a 1-0 advantage.

The Egyptian striker then came close again and almost doubled the home side’s lead when he forced Dauda to tip his fierce swerving shot over the bar with just 10 minutes left in the first-half.

The hosts kept on piling the pressure on the Black Stars but they could not find another goal and went into the half-time interval needing five unanswered goals in the second period.

Zaki’s striker partner Mohamed Salah had the first attempt in the second-half but his curling effort went high and wide of Dauda’s goal.

Sulley Muntari had one of the few attempts in the second period but his 63rd minute strike whistled just past the post.

Gedo drilled home Egypt’s late second from close range in the 83rd minute only for Ghana's substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng to tap home from an Asamoah Gyan cross a minute from time.

The Black Stars have now qualified for their third consecutive World Cup, while Egypt have not made the finals since 1990.

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