Sunday, June 9, 2013

Egypt 4 - Zimbabwe 2; Guinea 6 - Mozambique 1

Egypt looked to maintain their perfect record as they traveled away to Harare to face Zimbabwe.  Five minutes in, Mohamed Salah was making a run with the ball into space on the right wing for Egypt.  He slotted a ball into the box that was backheeled into the path of Mohamed Aboutrika, whose finish made it 1-0.  Egypt centerback Mahmoud Fathalla (pictured, red #2) made a mistake when heading back to his keeper fifteen minutes later.  Knowledge Musona (pictured, yellow) pounced on the opportunity and chipped the goalkeeper with his first touch to even the score at one goal apiece.  Five minutes before halftime, Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy registered an assist off a goal kick.  The ball bounced over the defense and was controlled by Salah, who calmly pushed the ball under the oncoming goalkeeper for Egypt's second of the afternoon.  Egypt led 2-1 at the break.

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
Mozambique OUT
Zimbabwe OUT

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

Match Reports:

Highlights: (Egypt v. Zimbabwe) (Guinea v. Mozambique)

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