Egypt qualified for the finals of the 2022 World Cup in Africa qualifiers in Qatar, narrowing its two-goal deficit to 2-2 with host Angola in the fifth and final round of the second qualifying round yesterday.
Egypt qualified for the final after Senegal, Morocco and Mali.
Egypt, who beat Libya 1-0 earlier today, have moved up 11 points to top Group F and Gabon are second with seven points.
Libya is third with six points and Angola is fourth with four points.
Helder Costa put Angola ahead in the 26th minute with a powerful shot from the right corner of Egypt’s goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.
Mabala also doubled the lead in the 36th minute with a penalty kick in favor of Angola.
Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneni was able to reduce the difference in the first minute of stoppage time of the first half when he got the right cross from Mohamed Salah to attack Elneni in the left corner of the Angola goalkeeper.
Defender Akram Tawfiq equalized for Egypt in the 59th minute with a pass from Salah on the edge of the Angola penalty area, and Tawfiq threw a powerful ball that changed its direction into the net.
“We climbed halfway up the mountain and won. We still have to climb halfway to reach the World Cup. My first goal is to qualify for the World Cup. We have to work a lot to achieve that.” Egypt coach Carlos Guerrero said in television reports after the match.
He added, “The first half was as difficult as the humidity and heat as we scored two goals. We finally got into the match situation. So we scored two goals. The reaction of the Egyptians in the second half was good., And we controlled the midfield and scored two goals, and we were very close to victory. “
Queiroz concluded, “We have qualified for the final and decisive stage, and we will try to do many things until March to prepare ourselves for this position. The Arab Cup and the African Cup of Nations are very important. Team.”
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