Sunday, June 16, 2013

Egypt 1 - Mozambique 0; Guinea 1 - Zimbabwe 0

Egypt continued their march toward Brasil 2014 with a visit to Maputo to face Mozambique.  Mozambique forced Egypt out of their familiar red kits, but no one was going to force Egypt out of first place today.  Egypt went ahead with only five minutes to go in the half.  Mohamed Aboutrika threaded a through ball to Ahmed Fathy, who then passed laterally to Mohamed Salah.  Salah then scored his fourth goal in two qualifiers to put the Pharaohs ahead 1-0.  Egypt were up 1-0 at the break.

Aboutrika should have iced the game in the final ten minutes but muffed an easy chance for Egypt.  This did not come back to bit the Pharaohs in any way as they were able to keep a clean sheet.  Egypt win 1-0 and advance to the CAF Third Round.  This result eliminated Guinea from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

With the result from the earlier match, hosts Guinea and Zimbabwe played in Conakry knowing that the match result would not help either side advance in the tournament.  Only fourteen Zimbabwe players made the trip due to mix-ups in flight scheduling and lack of funding.  Zimbabwe held out for as long as they could, but Guinea eventually grabbed the lead through a goal from Mohammed Yattara.  Guinea led 1-0 at halftime.

In the second half, a depleted Zimbabwe offered little in attack and little to motivate their opponents.  The match saw no further scoring in the second half.  Guinea win 1-0.

Egypt 15 pts IN
Guinea OUT
Mozambique OUT
Zimbabwe OUT

Mohamed Salah 40

Mohammed Yattara 37

Match Reports:

Highlights: (Egypt v. Mozambique)

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