wpid-Black-Stars-joy.jpgGhana have qualified for a third consecutive time. Coach Kwesi Appiah becomes the first local coach to seal a World Cup ticket for the Black Stars. Thanks for your time and this has been Kent Mensah.

90 +5?It’s all over at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo. Egypt 2-1 Ghana (2-7 Aggregate). Ghana are in Brazil 2014. The Pharaohs have been silenced. The Black Stars shine to glory

90 +3?Ghana are back into the game. They don’t need to score anymore anyway, Bradley is fuming, Egyptians are dead silent and Ghanaians are already partying.

90?Five minutes of time added on. Egypt need to score three goals. Ghana have to defend the score line and they are in Brazil

89??GOAL?Kevin-Prince Boateng

88?Wonderful cross from Gyan which was well connected by the Schalke 04 midfielder. It’s look like a done deal for Ghana now. Brazil 2014 here the Black Stars come

88?GOOOOOAL!!! KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG pulls one back for Ghana


85 The Pharaohs have the next five minutes to score three more goals to reach Brazil 2014

83 Mohammed Gedo Nagi makes it two for the Pharaohs. Dauda was well beaten. But it seems the fans are going out of control now by throwing fire crackers onto the pitch. The security men on the alert now.

83 GOAL!!! Egypt have their second.

81?Wakaso fouled near the box. Free kick to Ghana at a very dangerous position. Ball effected and it’s off target.

79???Abdul Majeed Waris??Kevin-Prince Boateng

78?Kevin-Prince Boateng has come on for Majeed Waris. That’s his first game for Ghana since announcing his comeback for Ghana


76?Dauda responses to duty once again. He’s been working so hard since the first half. Ghana have a lot to thank him for over this game, especially if the score line remains the same.

73???Sulley Muntari??Badu

73??Sulley Muntari

73 CLOSE! The Egyptians keep knocking. This is a yawning post with Dauda caught off guard, but Akaminko was on hand to save Ghana with a neat clearance.

71 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is coming on for Muntari. That’s Ghana’s second change.

69 For how long will Ghana keep going through this pressure upon pressure and can they keep relying on keeper Dauda to save them?

67 COUNTER ATTACK! Egypt are on the loose. Sallah against Dauda. The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper comes out early to thwart the danger. Score line still Egypt 1-0 Ghana (2-6 aggregate)

65 The Black Stars seem to have run out of ideas up-front or is it the Egyptian defence who are doing their work well?

63 Muntari just missed the upright by a millimeter. Brilliant low shot from the edge of the box. Egypt regroups and the ball is already in the Ghana half. They have four more goals to score. Time is running out

62???Amr Hassan??Mahmoud Fadlallah (Shikabala)

60?Egypt are making their third and final substitution. Amr Zaki, the goal scorer has made way for Shikabala

58???Andr? Ayew??Wakaso

58?Kwadwo Asamoah with his trademark pile drive and oh dear the ball has been blocked by Gyan, who was heading into the box to position himself.

56???Ahmed Fathy??Hosni Abd Rabou

58?Kwadwo Asamoah with his trademark pile drive and oh dear the ball has been blocked by Gyan, who was heading into the box to position himself.

56 Mubarak Wakaso is getting ready to replace the Marseille midfielder. Meanwhile, Egypt have made their second change – Fathi is out and Hosni Abd Rabbou is on

54?Ayew is signalling to be changed. He seems to be in so much pain. Could it be Kevin-Prince Boateng replacing him?

52?Waris crosses towards Ayew in the box, but that was too wide. The Marseille winger fails to connect. Ghana look relax as they soak the pressure from Bradley’s men.

50?Ghana’s first attempt at goal was from Gyan, and although he turns well his kick was terribly weak. The pressure resumes from Egypt’s end.

48?The seven-time African champions have kicked off the second half from where they left off in the first. Loads of pressure being piled on Ghana now with Dauda doing a lot of work at the rear.

47?Second half is on and Egypt already with a corner kick

Some few advice for coach Kwesi Appiah – @RonoPee: “Ghana needs to hold onto the ball and relax their nerves…” So who will you like to see come on for Ghana in the second half, folks?

More of your comments coming through: @SamuelAsamoah: “They were always going to score on their patch. But we can’t allow room for complacency, despite what took place in the 1st leg.”

Who on earth still believes Egypt can score four more goals to make it to the global football fiesta? Well, hear @joshleffler: “Watching the match in a cafe in cairo and there is, for the first time since the 6-1 defeat, a feeling that maybe its possible”

Some are already calling for changes in the Ghana defence. @Derrk suggests to coach Kwesi Appiah: “Opare must be changed.” Do you agree with him. Send your thoughts @kentmensah

Egypt need four more goals – I mean unanswered – to have any realistic chances of going to the 2014 World Cup since 1990. Can the gods of football evoke their miracles in Cairo? Share your views with me on Twitter: @kentmensah

45 +2?Half time now. Score line is Egypt 1-0 Ghana.

45?Two minutes of added time. This first half has kept longer than I wished. Ghana under a lot of pressure now

44??Daniel Opare

43?Egypt earn another free kick at the edge of Ghana’s box. Opare is the culprit. Kick effected and the Ghana defence clears the ball.

40???Mahmoud Abdul Monem??Gedo

40?Egyptian coach Bob Bradley is not a happy man. He is pointing at the watch that time is running out.

39??Jerry Akaminko

38?Akaminko booked. That was a dangerous tackle. Egypt were on the brink of making it two. Free kick at a similar position for the Pharaohs. Gedo has been substituted.

36?Brilliant challenge by the Egyptian defender, Abdel-Shafy, in the box as Waris almost pulled a threat when he was set up by Andre Ayew

35?Zaki flights the ball from a 30-yard distance and what a brilliant clearance from Dauda. He was almost caught off guard.

33?Egypt just wasted a chance. Great through ball towards Sallah but he was too slow to connect. It’s still Egypt 1-0 Ghana

29?A chance for Ghana to equalise. Kwadwo Asamoah has been fouled at the Egypt goal area. Similar to what the Pharaohs had. Muntari kicks, but ball flicks off the wall. It’s corner in favour of Ghana.

27?Essien has been dispossessed and Egypt are on the counter attack, but their finishing was poor. Dauda comes out quickly to clear.

25??GOAL?Amr Hassan

24?GOOOOOOOAL!!! Egypt have a free kick at Ghana’s goal area. Aboutreika behind the ball. This looks dangerous. Ball kicked and it’s a GOAL for Egypt. Poor goalkeeping by Dauda and easy delivery by Egypt’s Amr Zaki.

22?Fathi tries to score but ball deflected to corner. The resulting corner kick has been punched out by Dauda once again.

20?Dauda once again saves the situation for the Black Stars. He’s got his timing right so far in this game.

18?Pressure is mounting on Ghana now. The Pirates goalkeeper (Dauda) punches the ball out from a corner kick. The referee rules in his favour

16?Great header by Daniel Opare in the box. Ghana on the counter but have been dispossessed.

14?Good news for Ghana. Their keeper is up. The resulting corner kick has been headed out by a Ghanaian defender. The visitors are so relaxed unlike the first-leg. Can you blame them?

12?Oooops!!! Dauda is in pains. Great timing from him to come off his lines quickly to thwart an Egyptian danger. He is being attended to now.

10?Temporary hold up now. Two Ghanaians just collided in mid-air. I think it is Harrison Afful who is receiving treatment outside the pitch now.

8?A chance for Egypt to open the score sheet. Muntari fouls Zaki. Aboutreika behind the ball. He takes a long one and it’s off target. Dauda remains calm in his post.

6?Chance for Ghana. Majeed Waris on the run from the centre line. What can he do. A great opportunity for Ghana to open the score line. He fires a low one from inside the box but misses by some inches

5?Muntari takes a long free kick into the Egyptian goal area. Goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami saves.

4?The Black Stars appear more relaxed. They are under no pressure with a 6-1 comfortable first-leg win. The Pharaohs keep pressing.

2?Ghana just wasted a free kick.

1?Egypt are more purposeful in the first minute. Zaki with the first shot, but Fatau Dauda calms it

1?We are off now and Ghana were the first to kick the ball.

Time for the national anthems now. Ghana first before Egypt

Here are the line-ups: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has made only one change to the team that beat Egypt 6-1 in the first-leg as Harrison Afful replaces Samuel Inkoom in defence. F Dauda; H Afful, J Akaminko, R Sumaila, D Opare; A Ayew, M Essien, S Muntari, K Asamoah; A Gyan; A Waris. Egypt: Sherif Ekrami ? Hazem Emam, Rami Rabiea, Mohamed Naguib, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy ? Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Fathi – Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kaharaba’, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamad Salah – Ahmed Zaki

In the local press in Ghana, today has been described as DECISION TUESDAY whiles others have tag it CONFIRMATION TUESDAY. What do you think, send me your comment via Twitter: @kentmensah. The referee of the day is Noumandiez Doue from Ivory Coast.

The teams are warming up at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo at the moment with about 30 minutes to go. Loud cheers for Mohammed Aboutrika who is set to quit international football this year.

This is the last, but one play-off in the Africa region as Algeria v Burkina Faso is up next later tonight. Nigeria were the first in Africa to book a ticket in Brazil 2014 followed by Ivory Coast then Cameroon.

Before we bring you the line-up for today, here are a few facts to enjoy: Egypt have never been to the World Cup since 1990 and their top scorer during the qualifiers is Mohamed Salah (six goals). They beat Zambia 2-0 in a warm up game ahead of today?s tie.

The Pharaohs need to score five unanswered goals to overturn a humiliating 6-1 defeat in the first-leg at Kumasi last month. Technically, this is a mere formality for the Black Stars who are on the verge of making a third successive World Cup appearance. The Pharaohs need a miracle at their Cairo backyard to end a 24-year wait.

Hello and welcome to Goal?s coverage of the World Cup second-leg play-off between Egypt and Ghana at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo. I am Kent Mensah Twitter: @kentmensah



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