Egypt celebrate crucial win over Algeria

CAIRO - Newspapers feted Egypt's home team and their supporters yesterday after the Pharoahs beat Algeria's Desert Foxes in a crucial World Cup qualifier that avoided the violence that preceded the game.

CAIRO - Newspapers feted Egypt's home team and their supporters yesterday after the Pharoahs beat Algeria's Desert Foxes in a crucial World Cup qualifier that avoided the violence that preceded the game.

"We achieved victory after having lost hope," Al-Gomhuriya government paper said in a front-page headline about the last-minute goal that earned Egypt a 2-0 victory and sparked wild celebrations on the streets of Cairo.

The result left the North African rivals level on points and goal difference at the top of Group C - meaning they will meet again on Wednesday in Sudan to decide which country goes through to the finals in South Africa.

Saturday's tense game was marred by a violent attack the previous day on the bus carrying the Algerian team from the airport to their Cairo hotel.

Three players - Khaled Lemmouchia, Rafik Halliche and Rafik Saifi - were injured when stones were hurled at the bus, Fifa representative Walter Gagg said, adding that the injuries were not superficial.

Trouble flared again after the tense game when a group of Egyptian fans stoned buses ferrying Algerian fans away from the stadium. - Sapa-AFP

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