Russia 2018: Egypt Pip Ghana, Maintain Top Spot In Group E

Russia 2018: Egypt Pip Ghana, Maintain Top Spot In Group E

Egypt maintained their bright start in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 home win against Ghana in their Group E clash on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock when he converted from the spot three minutes before the break.

Abdallah El-Said scored the second in the 85th minute as the former African champions made it two wins from two games following their 2-1 away victory against Congo on matchday- one.

The Black Stars who started their campaign with a disappointing 0-0 home draw against Uganda dominated the game despite the presence of over 80,000 fans rooting for the home side at the Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria.

The trio of Christian Atsu, Jordan and Andre Ayew tormented the Egyptian defence in the first half, but were unable to get past veteran goalkeeper, Hossam El Hadary.

The hosts were awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the first half after Mahmoud Trezeguet was hacked down in the box by a Ghanaian defender.

Salah brilliantly tucked away the penalty for his 27th international goal in 45 appearances for Hector Cuper's men.

Emmanuel Agyemang- Badu came close to equalising for the visitors when he placed his header from six yards  wide in the 53rd minute.

El Hadary produced a superb save to deny Atsu in the 62nd minute after he was put through on goal by Mubarak Wakaso.

Ghana piled on the pressure late in the game but were punished for leaving their defence open  when El-Said grabbed the second goal for the North Africans five minutes before time.

The Pharaohs now top  Group E with six points from two games, while Uganda who beat Congo 1-0  in the other group game on Saturday sit in second place with four points.  Ghana are third with a point, Congo occupying last position without point.

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