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Egypt ask for World Cup replay

Egypt have asked FIFA for their World Cup qualifier against Algeria to be replayed, due to the hostility of the Algerian home crowd in the match on July 21st.

Egyptian Football Association board member Hisham Azmy has said that a FIFA committee will decide on August 31st whether the match will be replayed in a neutral country.

Algeria snatched a goal 10 minutes from time to end Egypt's hopes of a place in next year's World Cup finals. Rocks were thrown at some of the players and the match was stopped for 15 minutes after Egypt went 1-0 up in the second half.

The original game finished 1-1, leaving Egypt two points adrift of Senegal and Morocco at the top of the table. Before the match started, the Egyptian flag was burned and there was whistling during the national anthem.

When Ahmed Hossam put Egypt ahead in the second half, the match had to be stopped for fifteen minutes. When the game restarted, Algeria grabbed an equaliser to send Egypt out of the World Cup.

Rocks and bottles were thrown during play, striking Egyptian manager Alaa Nabil. After the match Algerian fans surrounded the Egyptian team's bus and hurled more rocks, smashing windows and showering the players with glass.

If the rematch goes ahead, Egypt need to win by 3-0 or more. A play-off would most likely follow between Egypt and Senegal, the current qualifiers from Group C.

22nd August 2001


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