Egypt defeated Ghana 2-0 to stay top of Group E with 100% results after round two of the African qualifiers to the 2018 World Cup on Sunday.
Two goals in each half gave the Pharaohs a precious home win over the Black Stars in the sold-out clash at Alexandria’s 86,000-seat Borg El-Arab Stadium.
AS Roma winger Mohammed Sallah scored the opener from the spot after Harrison Afful was penalized for tripping Mahmoud Trezeguet in the penalty area, few minutes before half time.
The Black Stars had been dominant in their play but lacked cutting edge upfront until the obvious penalty decision.
In the 85th minute, Ahly playmaker El-Said was on hand to finish off a breakaway, putting the scoreline beyond coach Avram Grant’s men.
Sunday’s win over Ghana sees the Pharaohs make a significant stride in their bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Egypt now lead the group with six points, two clear of Uganda who defeated pointless Congo 1-0 on Saturday. Ghana’s hopes of a fourth World Cup berth are hanging by a thread as they remain third with just a point from six.
The 2018 World Cup continue next year with the Black Stars facing Congo in back-to-back games.