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Egypt beats Mozambique 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

India TV News Desk 02 Jun 2012, 17:24:46 IST
India TV News Desk
Egypt, June 2: Egypt beat Mozambique 2-0 Friday in its opening World Cup qualifier and first game at home in eight months.

Defender Mahmoud Fathallah tapped in the opener in the 54th at a military stadium on the Mediterranean coast near Alexandria. Mozambique goalkeeper Joao Kapango conceded an own goal in the 63rd for Egypt's second after Mohamed Zidan's volley came off the post and deflected in off the keeper.

It was American coach Bob Bradley's first competitive game in charge of Egypt and first on home soil.

The match was played without fans because of ongoing unrest in the troubled country.

Egypt's interior ministry ruled it should be played behind closed doors after more than 70 people died in clashes connected to political instability at a league game in February.