MATCH CENTRE

FRI 09 JUNE 2017, 22:00, TRIPOLI

5
VS
1

Libya thump Seychelles to go top of Group E

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sat June 10, 00:14

Libya thumped Seychelles 5-1 in the first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group E match at the Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunis, Tunisia on Friday night.

The emphatic victory takes the Mediterranean Knights to the top of Group E standings with three points, while the Pirates are placed at the bottom of the table with zero points.

The Mediterranean Knights broke the deadlock 23 minutes into the match when Anis Saltou headed home Ahmed Benali's well-taken cross - making it 1-0 to Libya.

The momentum was with the home side as they managed to doubled their lead four minutes later as the Pirates struggled to contain the Mediterranean Knights.

The home side were awarded a penalty and Benali stepped up, and he hit the back of the net to make it 2-0 to Libya, who were piling pressure on the Seychelles defence.

It was soon 3-0 to Libya on the stroke of half-time when Hamdou Elhouni netted with a good finish and the Mediterranean Knights were deservedly leading during the half-time.

The Pirates, who are under the guidance of newly appointed tactician Rodney Choisy, managed to contain the Mediterranean in the opening exchanges of the second-half.

However, Libya did extend their lead six minutes after the hour-mark and this time it was Mohammad Zubya, who hit the back of the net to make it 4-0 to the home side.

Muaid Ellafi also put his name on the scoresheet for Mediterranean Knights when he netted with six minutes left on the clock as Libya continued their dominance over Seychelles.

The Pirates did grab a late consolation goal through Leroy Coralie, who hit the back of the net in stoppage-time and ultimately, Libya secured a 5-1 victory over Seychelles.

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