Friday, June 14, 2013

Libya 2 - Togo 0

Libya's home match against Togo, originally scheduled to take place in Benghazi, was moved to Tripoli for security reasons.  Libya are piecing together their country after a recent civil war, so what better way to represent a new era than by qualifying for their first FIFA World Cup finals?  A win at home would send them on their way, and it would send Togo out of the tournament.  Togo were missing Alaixys Romao and Jonathan Ayite, who refused to come to Libya given security concerns.  Libya took advantage of the unsettled Sparrowhawks early.  Komlan Amewou (pictured, yellow #8) committed a handball in his penalty area, conceding the early penalty kick that Libya would convert for a 1-0 lead.  Amewou's horror show would worsen twelve minutes later when his diving header off a cross found the back of his own net, conceding a second goal to Libya that was completely his fault.  Libya led 2-0 at the half.

An out-of-sorts Togo offered little in the second half to cause the home crowd to worry.  Libya coasted to the finish line on this day.  Libya win 2-0.

Libya 9 pts +3
Cameroon 6 pts -1
DR Congo 5 pts +1
Togo OUT

Faisal Saleh 7 PK
Komlan Amewou 18 OG

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