October 16, 2021

2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Mostafa and Sobhi power Egypt past Libya

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The Pharaohs secured an away victory over the Mediterranean Knights to brighten their chances of reaching the third round of qualifiers

Egypt put up an impressive display to defeat Libya 3-0 in Monday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier.

Goals from Mostafa Mohamed, Ahmed Fetouh and substitute Ramadan Sobhi helped the seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions stroll past the hosts at the Benina Martyrs Stadium in Benghazi.

Heading into the crunch encounter, Carlos Queiroz’s men had secured a slim 1-0 triumph over the Mediterranean Knights in Alexandria – with Omar Marmoush’s second half effort settling the tough tie.

Still hurt by their loss at the Borg El Arab Stadium, Javier Clemente’s men were hoping to avenge their downfall, however, Egypt had other ideas.

The Pharaohs had the first chance in the 20th minute but Marmoush’s shot off Fetouh’s long pass went wide while trying to beat goalkeeper Muhammad Nashnoush from a tight angle.

Five minutes later, they suffered a massive blow as goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy was forced off injured and was subsequently replaced by Mohamed Abou Gabal.

In the 41st minute, Queiroz’s team took the lead thanks to Fetouh who drilled an unstoppable shot past Nashnoush.

A minute later, the hosts tried to restore parity but Mouayad Ellafi’s fierce strike from Hamdou El Houny’s cross went just wide.

Before the half time whistle was sounded, Galatasaray star Mohamed doubled Egypt’s advantage as he headed home a cross from Marmoush.

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