Bob Bradley, Egypt close out perfect African World Cup qualifying group stage with win over Guinea
Bob Bradley is perfect.
Egypt maintained their 100-percent record in World Cup qualifying with a 4-2 victory over Guinea on Tuesday, making it six wins from six World Cup qualifying matches. Egypt are the only team in the world with a perfect record in World Cup qualifying after posting their latest win, which unfolded behind closed doors in El-Gouna for security reasons.
The Egyptians, who were already through to the next round of qualifying, fell behind early on a fourth-minute own-goal but rallied to take a 2-1 lead on a Mohamed Aboutrika penalty kick in the 51st minute in his 100th cap. Guinea equalized six minutes later, but two late goals gave Bradley's side the 4-2 win.
The Pharaohs finished top of Group G with a perfect 18 points and they will now await the name of their next opponent in the home-and-home playoff of the third and final round of African World Cup qualifying. Egypt are one of 10 teams that have made it through and they will be paired in one of five matchups that will decide the five African teams that will qualify to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The draw will be held by FIFA on Monday at African confederation headquarters in Cairo at 6 am ET. The September 12 FIFA World Rankings will be used to determine the seeding, with the top five seeds being matched up with the other five teams. A second draw will determine which team hosts the first match.
The home-and-home matches will be played on Oct. 11-15 (first leg) and Nov. 15-19 (second leg).