Sunday, June 9, 2013
Egypt 4 - Zimbabwe 2; Guinea 6 - Mozambique 1
With a quarter hour to play, Salah capitalized on a soft turnover by Zimbabwe. After gathering the loose ball, Salah nutmegged his defender Lincoln Zvasiya and ran clear into the box before finishing for a 3-1 lead. Zimbabwe closed the gap once again, this time off a broken play from a corner kick. Ocean Mushure saved the ball from becoming a throw-in, and then smacked a cross that caught the Egyptian backline asleep. Zvasiya rose to put away the unmarked header for 3-2. Just two minutes later, Egypt sealed the match for good. Aboutrika swung a volley pass from the side of the penalty area around his marker, and the result was a shot for a wide open Salah. Salah buried the chance for his hat trick. Egypt win 4-2.
Rainy Conakry was the site for Guinea's home qualifier against Mozambique. An unexpectedly large bashing was in store for the visiting side. Mohammed Yattara opened the scoring for Guinea after a quarter hour. Eighteen minutes later, it was 2-0 off a corner kick header by Sadio Diallo. Mozambique converted a penalty kick with one minute left in the half, by Guinea scored a penalty of their own in the final minute of the half. Guinea led 3-1 at intermission.
In the second half, Guinea continued to be the much better side. No goals were found until the final quarter hour of play. Guinea ended the match with a flourish, scoring three goals in that time span, including one in the final minute of play. Guinea win emphatically 6-1.
Egypt 12 pts +6
Guinea 7 pts +5
Mohamed Aboutrika 5
Mohamed Salah 41,76, 83
Knowledge Musona 21
Lincoln Zvasiya 81
Mohamed Yattara 15, 90
Sadio Diallo 33, 45 PK
Ibrahima Traore 76
Mohammed Diarra 81
Domingues 44 PK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXxAv2TvC-0 (Egypt v. Zimbabwe)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGLqe-oAwpM (Guinea v. Mozambique)