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Egypt beaten by Ghana at first leg of World Cup playoffs

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Ghana beat Egypt 6-1 on Tuesday in the 2014 World Cup African qualifiers, boosting the Black Stars comfortably into the competition.

The home advantage seemed extremely apparent for Ghana, who were playing on their home turf of Kumasi.

The Egyptian national team’s only goal was a penalty kick by Mohammed Aboutrika towards the end of the first half, a solitary moment of triumph among Ghana’s constant barrage of Egypt’s goalpost.

Ghana appeared raring to go from the start, with forward Asamoah Gyan scoring the first goal just 5 minutes in, followed by another in the second half.

Egyptian defender Wael Gomaa scored a humiliating own goal 22 minutes in.

Egypt’s lackluster performance was clearly demonstrated when Ghanaian substitute Christian Atsu scored the final goal during the 87th minute.

The loss will come as a blow for Bob Bradley, the Egyptian team’s coach, and his team who are fighting for their first trip to the World Cup in more than two decades.

The second leg of the qualifiers is scheduled for November 19, when Egypt will again face Ghana.