Egypt did it again ! At the 95th minute of the historic game held today in Cairo International Stadium, Emad Moteab used his head to guide the yellow and green soccer ball into Algeria's goal scoring the second goal of the day and lifting up the spirit of 84 million Egyptians. Those crowds who just a few seconds before have lost hope in Egypt's prospects for making it to the FIFA world cup soccer tournament in 2010, were treated to an unimaginable miracle.
The score 2-0 means that Egypt has one more chance to secure a spot in the South Africa mundial. Algeria, who was so close to the finish line will have to regroup and prepare for another 90 minute decisive game on Wednesday. The game started with a strong performance by the Egyptians, whom in just the second minute of the game, netted a goal with the ball rebounding 3 times before Amr Zaki managed to strike the ball in the net.
The tone of the game after that switched to a relatively uneventful series of passes that approached a level of dullness hard to understand given the need of the Egyptians to score badly.
Things didn't change that much during the second half. The Egyptian team trying to build up an organized offense, were repeatedly halted by the strong defense of the Algerian team. At times, the Algerians managed to challenge the Egyptians but failed to cause any serious threat. With time passing quickly, it seemed that Algeria was on a definite path to end the game victorious despite being under 0-1. During the last 10 minutes of the game, the pressure from Egypt was on the rise, but with limited effect. Everyone watching the game started to cope with reality of the situation. The Egyptian fans who could do nothing but pray were given one last glimmer of hope when 6 minutes for extra time were announced by the referees.
At minute 95, after one rebound, Emad Moteab headed the ball into Algeria's net flipping everything upside down. The energy that was sucked out of the Egyptian fans was instantly restored while Algerian fans whom were preparing for the party of their life, were left in shock.
With this result, both teams are in a deadlock tie. A tie breaker game is scheduled for Wednesday in Sudan. The winner of that that will claim the top of Group C and secure a ticket to the 2010 world cup.
The stakes were high for both teams and despite a relatively slow tone, the game, undoubtedly, will go into history as one of the most memorable especially if Egypt manages to clinch a win on Wednesday.
And yes, Egypt had pulled another well deserved miracle once again.