Ghana humiliated Egypt 6-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium of Kumasi in the first leg play-off qualifying game for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, and all but booked their place in Brazil.
An Asamoah Gyan brace inspired the hosts to a comfortable victory over the Pharaohs and the visitors will rue the defensive frailties which haunted them throughout the 90 minutes.
Captain Gyan gave the Black Stars the perfect start to this qualifier when he linked up with striker Majeed Waris in the fourth minute, and his shot had too much power to give Egypt’s goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami any chance.
The Egyptians seemed to spring to life after the goal and started to keep more possession for the visitors but they conceded an own goal by Wael Gomaa and this seemed to kill any momentum from the visitors.
Mohammed Abu Trika did however manage to claw one back for Egypt four minutes before the half-time break, after Rashid Sumaila brought down striker Mohamed Salah in the box.
Ghana waited just three minutes before they responded and scored their third of the qualifier when Abdul Majeed Waris headed home after getting on the end of a Sulley Muntari cross.
The hosts went into the half-time break with a two goal lead but the Pharaoh’s knew that another away goal would bring them back into the tie.
Gyan’s header, his second of the game in the 54th minute all but ended the match as well as Egypt’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
The Black Stars were now in complete control of this match, looking confident and totally dominating in midfield where Michael Essien put in a superhuman performance.
Things went from bad to worse for Egypt, when their goalkeeper Ekrami had to be stretchered off and replaced by Ahmed Al Shenawy in the 57th minute.
Al Shenawy was called into action in the 70th minute but was only able to pull down striker Warris and concede a penalty after being on the field for just over 10 minutes.
The ever impressive Muntari stepped up to take the penalty and slotted home for the hosts, scoring their fifth of this first leg tie with 71 minutes played.
Ghanaian’s young forward Christian Atsu who had spent only five minutes on the field then capped off a wonderful performance for the Black Stars when he scored a solo goal, cutting in from the right wing and smashing a left-footed shot that cannoned in off the right post and into the back of the net with just three minutes plus stoppage time left.
The Black Stars will have sent out a warning with this result before next year’s World Cup handing Egypt their biggest loss in over 20 years, while the Pharaohs will know that their dream to make Brazil is all but over.
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