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2018 WCQ: Egypt pip Uganda, take charge of Group E

A Mohamed Salah early strike moved Egypt closer to a first World Cup appearance since 1990 as they recorded a 1-0 victory over Uganda Tuesday night.

The Pharaohs reclaimed control of Group E in the African qualifiers to the 2018 Fifa World Cup with nine points from four matches and have boosted their chances of booking a spot in Russia.

As both sides chasing an early goal in a near-capacity crowd in the 85,000-seat Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, it was the hosts who were quick off the mark with Salah netting from a rebound in the sixth minute after goalkeeper Denis Onyango initially denied him from close range.

Egypt created most of the chances only to be regularly thwarted by Onyango, the 2016 Africa-based Footballer of the Year.

The Cranes fought hard for an equaliser and almost grabbed one, but Nsibambi’s effort from a header in the 83rd minute was too feeble to cause problems for veteran goalkeeper by El-Hadary.

Back in the lead of Group E, Egypt will next host bottom team Congo in October and visit third-place Ghana in November and two victories will ensure they qualify.

Earlier in the day, Thomas Partey scored a hat-trick while Richmond Boakye-Yiadom bagged a brace as Ghana kept faint hopes of a fourth straight World Cup appearance alive with a 5-1 spanking of Congo in Brazzaville.

Egypt, the two-time World Cup campaigners, have nine points after four rounds, Uganda seven, Ghana five and Congo just one.

 

 

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