A dramatic round in qualifying for the World Cup he deprives Arab football of a record

Cairo: With a fatal goal and three missed penalties, Arab football has lost a record historic in World Cup tournaments, after a dramatic round in the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in plan in Qatar. Despite this, Arab football matched his record in World Cup reaching four teams in this awaited version of the world championship, which will be hosted by Qatar from 21 November to 18 December next. In addition to the Qatari team, which is playing in final without qualifying as the host country’s representative, the Saudi team secured their place in the Qatar World Cup last week through the Asian qualifiers. Before the start of the second leg of the final phase of the African qualifiers, which took place on Tuesday evening, most of the expectations were aimed at achieving a record historic for Arab football at the World Cup, where it was possible to add four places in the list of qualifiers, bringing the total of qualifiers before the draw after the draw Tomorrow, Friday, six Arab teams. But the winds came with what the ships did not want, as the Tunisian and Moroccan teams qualified, while the Egyptian and Algerian teams greeted the qualifiers in very dramatic way, after each of them was close to winning the World Cup. Arab football has equaled this record for the number of participating teams in an edition, which is four teams, knowing that this number was reached in the last edition of the World Cup when teams from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Despite the failure of the Egyptian and Algerian teams in the qualifiers, there is still hope of beating this one record and reach an Arab fifth team in the final, as long as the UAE team manages to overcome the Australian obstacle in the Asian playoffs and then defeat the fifth team in the South American qualifiers in the international supplement, knowing that extra time activities will take place. in Later, after the draw for the finals, tomorrow, Friday, in Doha. Arab football was on the verge of a historic milestone, but the Egyptian and Algerian teams failed to resist the Senegal and Cameroon teams respectively, so much so that the qualifying cards escaped the hands of the pharaohs and desert warriors. The Senegalese team booked their spot at the 2022 World Cup after defeating their Egyptian counterpart by 3/1 on penalties in the second leg of the final round of World Cup qualifiers. The two teams exchanged victories in their stadiums with the same result, in how much the Egyptian team had already won in home 1/0 in the first leg last Friday, while the Senegalese team won in home with the same result last night, drawing 1/1 in the total result of the two games, and the penalties have decided the difficult comparison between them. It’s the second time in few weeks that the Senegalese team beat the Egyptian counterpart (grandsons of the Pharaohs) on penalties, who had already defeated the Pharaohs 4/2 on penalties in the final of the African Cup hosted by Cameroon at the beginning of quest’year. The Senegalese team has closed in his favor in the first half of the game, with a clear goal from Boulaye Dia in the third minute. The two teams failed to score during the rest of the original half, to go into overtime after drawing 1/1 in the total of the two games, but overtime also ended with the same result, so the two teams have decided to take penalties. On penalties, the excitement was strong, both teams missed their first two shots, Kalidou Koulibaly’s kick bounced off the crossbar and goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy saved Salio Cisse’s shot, while the great champion Mohamed Salah and colleague Ahmed Sayed (Zizou) eliminated the first two kicks of the Pharaohs out of goal. Despite Ismaila Sarr and Amr Al-Sulayya’s success in scoring the next kick for the Senegalese and Egyptian teams respectively, Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed shocked his team and fans when he missed the fourth penalty after Bamba Diang took scored the fourth kick for the Dakar Lions. And then the hopes of the Pharaohs became dependent on a shot by the great Senegalese champion Sadio Mane, Salah’s partner in the Liverpool attack. After the return match between the Senegalese and Egyptian teams ended on Tuesday in less than three hours, Arab football was on a date with a new shock that could have been more effective, as the Algerian team suffered a defeat in home against Cameroon 1/2 at the “Mustafa Chaker” stadium in Blida. The Desert Warriors missed the opportunity to return to the World Cup after also skipping the 2018 edition, and the team received their second big shock in a matter of weeks, as the team was left empty-handed from the first round ( group stage) of the African Nations Cup in Cameroon last January, before falling on Tuesday night in Cameroonian national team, just three minutes from the World Cup. The Cameroon team set the original second leg time in favor of a clean goal, scored by Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting in the 22nd minute, but Ahmed Touba scored the equalizer for the hosts in the 118th minute after the two teams made use of overtime before Karl Toko Ekambi scored the winning goal and qualified for Cameroon in the fourth minute From overtime to the second overtime, which saw six minutes of overtime. With this milestone, arrived in a fatal moment, the Algerian team lost the qualifying card that was within their reach, and Arab football lost a record historical that could be able to reach in future editions thanks to the increase in seats in final of 32 teams to 48 teams starting with the version scheduled for 2026. (dpa)

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