2018 WC Q, Congo 1 Egypt 2 : Pharoahs pick vital away win to take charge of Group E

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Huge center forward Dore Ferebory took only 24 minutes to head home the first goal of the game after Thievy Bifouma had sent in a delightful cross from the right into the Egyptian box.

The Congolese came close to scoring the second goal immediately after the opener but experienced keeper Essam El-Hadary denied Fabrice Ondama.

Egypt equalized four minutes before the break through AS Roma swift winger Mohamed Salah who scored from a header on the service of Mohamed Abdelshafy. Salah thus took his internationally tally to 26 goals in 43 appearances making him his country’s 7th all-time leading goalscorer.

The visitors did not take long to score their second of the day as Abdalla El Said provided the winner in the 58th minute as Congo pushed more men high up the pitch in search of the equalizer bu the visitors who are after their first World Cup appearance since 1990 defended stoutly to maintain their lead with El-Hadary making several top saves to stop the Congolese equalizer.

SLIP-UP : Ghana  were held at home by  The Cranes of Uganda last Friday in Tamale. 

Congo starting XI: Mouyabi; Baudry, Moubhio, Bakoua, Itoua, Imouele, Massengo, Tsiba, Doré Ferebory; Thievy Bifouma, Fabrice Ondama. Coach : Pierre Lechantre

Egypt starting XI: GK Essam El-Hadary; Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Islam Gamal, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Salah; Bassem Morsi. Coach : Hector Cuper

Group E

Egypt – 3 +1

Ghana – 1 +0

Uganda – 1 +0

Congo – 0 -1

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