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Libya Beats Eqypt 4-3 in Africa Futsal
Monday, 31 March 2008 00:00

Libya beat defending champions Egypt 4-3 to become Africa’s Futsal champions in an epic final on Monday night at the African Union hall in Tripoli.




Source cafonline.com
 

Libya beat defending champions Egypt 4-3 to become Africa’s Futsal champions in an epic final on Monday night at the African Union hall in Tripoli.

Midfielder Abdel Rahim Rabie scored the match winner in the second half of extra time for the hosts, who gave up on winning the game in the closing stages of the game thanks to a late strike from the defending champions.

Libya, who had taken a commanding 3-0 lead as early as the ninth minute surrendered the lead and allowed the Egyptians to come back into the game forcing the game into the extra time.

Mohamed Yahya opened the scores in the third minute, followed by strikes from Abdel Rahim and Shahout Mohamed in the sixth and ninth minutes respectively.

But in the Egyptians pulled one back in six minutes from half time through Hussein Ali, who connected home from close range.

The Pharaohs had the better of the second half and forced their way into the half of the Libyans who resorted to the defensive play often.

In the 33rd minute, Abdelsamie Abderahim scored the second goal for the Egyptians on the run of play to confirm their dominance.

During the last 15 seconds , Abdel Mawla in a true reflection of the “champion die hard” slogan stunned the home crowd with the much needed equalizer from a goalmouth scramble to the astonishment of the Libyan fans, who were swimming in victory.

Mawla’s strike took the game into extra time, and the Pharaohs continued their dominance with total control of the first half of extra time, but still the winning strike remained elusive.

Libya came back strongly in the second half of extra time, and two minutes into the half, Mohamed Ibrahim wasted a glorious opportunity shooting wide from the spot.

A minute later, Abdel Rahim atoned for an earlier miss during normal by lobbing the ball over the head of the Egyptian goalie Mohamed Hassanein, from a perfect move initiated by Yahya to put the hosts back in the lead.

The Libyans held their lead in check till Tunisian referee brought proceedings to an end.

The packed hall came alive with chants of Libya! Libya! from the passionate fans who filled every corner of the African Union Hall, coupled with fireworks inside and outside the hall.

Abdel Rahim, scorer of the match winner in a post match interview expressed happiness with the victory.

“I am very happy that my goal won the game for us. All eyes were on us and we lived up to expectation.”

Libya and Egypt will represent Africa at the World Futsal Championship in Brazil next September.