2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Ghana 1-1 Egypt - AS IT HAPPENED

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Ghana 1-1 Egypt - AS IT HAPPENED
Mohamed Salah of Egypt (r) celebrates goal with Abdallah El Said

by Bertin Basson

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 07:54

Good afternoon and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Ghana and Egypt from the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, on 12 November 2017.

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74'), Donsah (Waris 50'), Ampomah (Twumasi 41').

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33'), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65'), Marei (Gamal 76'), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.


FULL-TIME: Ghana 1-1 Egypt 

90+4' Glorious late chance for the hosts, but they are unable to force the ball into the back of the net as the two teams ultimately share the spoils in Kumasi.

90' Four minutes added.

87' Sherif Ekramy the next into the referee's book.

85' Mubarak Wakaso goes into the referee's book.

84' The Black Stars doing all the playing as we enter the final exchanges of the clash. Daniel Amartey and Harrison Afful getting involved in attacks as they go in search of the winner.

75' Into the final exchanges in Kumasi and it is anyone's game really. Ghana looking the more likely, but Egypt are always dangerous on the counter-attack.

64' GOAL! Edwin Gyasi pulls the hosts level. Perfect response as his deflected effort whistles past Sherif Ekramy.

61' GOAL! Shikabala rattles the back of the net with an unstoppable shot following a pin-point cross by Trezequet. His left-footed drive leaving Richard Ofori with little chance.

56' Ghana now turning on the style, but Raphael Dwamena is found wanting in front of goal once more. His tame effort flies harmlessly wide after being left unmarked inside the area.

48' Great save once more by Richard Ofori - this time to deny Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdelrazek who's left-footed rocket looked destined for the back of the net.

46' Second half is underway in Kumasi.

HALF-TIME: Ghana 0-0 Egypt 

45' Ghana with a flurry of chances in the closing stages of the half, but it comes to nothing for the Black Stars.

43' SAVE! Great stop by Richard Ofori to keep out Mahmoud 'Trezequet' Ibrahim's rasping effort. First shot on target for the Pharaohs as we enter the final few minutes of the half.

41' Opoku Ampomah's injury is worse than initially thought and he will be replaced. Both teams forced into early substitutions.

38' Ghana continue to be the aggressor, but Egypt's defence is holding firm for the time being. Opoku Ampomah leaves the pitch on a stretcher following  a nasty clash, but he looks to be okay to continue...

30' Half-hour played in Kumasi and the game is yet to spark into life, with the match pretty much assembling the dead-rubber it is.

21'CHANCE! Opoku Ampomah sends Raphael Dwamena through on goal, but the latter is unable to provide the finishing touches to what was a delightful defence-splitting pass.

15'  Mubarak Wakaso with two early attempts at goal from range, but Sherif Ekramy is well positioned on both occasions to curb the danger.

11' Mahmoud 'Trezequet' Ibrahim bursts into the area before firing his attempt wide of goal. Good work by Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdelrazek in the build-up to create the opportunity.

5' Egypt getting in behind the Ghanaian defence early on in the clash, but Richard Ofori quick off his line on both occasions to extinguish the visitors attack.

1' Kick-off in Kumasi!

- The Black Stars have nothing but pride to play for, with Egypt having already booked their place at next year's World Cup in Russia. The Pharaohs returning to the world stage for the first time since 1990.

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