10-man Egypt snatch draw against Gabon in World Cup qualifier

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Egypt went top of Group F after coming from a goal down to salvage a draw against Gabon in their World Cup qualifier in Franceville on Sunday.

After a goalless first half, Egypt’s task was made harder following the dismissal of Omar Gaber in the 70th minute for a second bookable offence.

Egypt managed to secure a late draw against Gabon despite being down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes. /VCG

Gabon capitalized on their man advantage just three minutes later as Jim Allevinah broke the deadlock to give the West Africans the lead.

Substitute Mostafa Mohamed then came off the bench to net the equalizer in the 90th minute to preserve the seven-time African champions’ unbeaten start to the group stage.

This was the second consecutive match Gabon had been denied at the death after a last-gasp winner saw them lose 2-1 to Libya in their first match.

Egypt sits top of the group on four points followed by Libya on three, Gabon on one and Angola bottom with zero points. Libya and Angola are scheduled to play each other on Tuesday.

The day’s other game saw Namibia shock Togo 1-0 in Group H courtesy of a spectacular overhead kick from striker Elmo Kambindu eight minutes into the second half.

Namibia leads the way in the group with four points from two matches with Senegal a further point back in second. Congo lies in third with one point while Togo has no points from two games. Senegal take on Congo on Tuesday.

With Guinea’s game against Morocco on Monday postponed, six other games will be played including two heavyweight clashes between South Africa and Ghana and Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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