Bob Bradley and Egypt finished off a dominant World Cup qualifying group stage with a 4-2 victory over Guinea, making it six victories in six matches for the Pharaohs.
The streak means Bradley’s squad are the only team in the world to keep a 100% record in World Cup qualifying. After Adam El Abd conceded an own-goal in the 4th minute, the Pharoahs levelled the match through a 38th minute strike by Hossam Ghaly.
Thirteen minutes later and Egypt took the lead on a Mohamed Aboutrika penalty kick before Guinea leveled the match in the 57th through Seydouba Soumah. With seven minutes to play Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock before Amr Zaki sealed the deal four minutes later.
With the win, Egypt finished first in Group G with 18 points, eight points clear of second place Guinea. Bradley’s squad will now join nine other African teams in a home-and-away playoff for the third and final round of African World Cup qualifying: Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon and Senegal.
The draw of the play-offs will be held on September 16th at the CAF headquarters in Cairo and the matches are scheduled to be played in the periods of October 11-15 and November 15-19.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.