ARABS ON THE THRESH­OLD OF A HIS­TORIC ACHIEVE­MENT FOR THE WORLD CUP IN RUS­SIA

ARAB CLASH EX­PECTED IN THE DRAW OF THE WORLD CUP

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Alaa Mustafa

Four Arab foot­ball teams have a great chance of con­firm­ing their pres­ence at the World Cup in Rus­sia next sum­mer.

The Saudi team was the first Arab team to qual­ify to the World Cup after oc­cu­py­ing sec­ond place in the sec­ond group in the Asian qual­i­fiers along with Ja­pan.

The Egyp­tian national team was the sec­ond Arab team to suc­ceed in reach­ing the World Cup after the dra­matic vic­tory over the Con­golese team on Sun­day with two goals to one—so that the team se­cures the sec­ond Arab seat in the World Cup.

Arab Africans have a strong chance of hav­ing their teams in the World Cup, with Tu­nisia lead­ing the group in Group A with 13 points.

Tu­nisia, known as the Carthage Ea­gles, will play the last game against Libya next month and need to win or draw a tie in any score in or­der to en­sure a pass to the fi­nals re­gard­less of the rest of the re­sults.

Be­sides the Ea­gles, there is a great op­por­tu­nity for the Moroc­can team to qual­ify for the fi­nals, await­ing the out­come of the two games against Gabon and Ivory Coast.

Morocco is in sec­ond place with six points be­hind Ivory Coast with eight points.

The Syr­ian team was on the verge of reach­ing the World Cup in the match held on Tues­day af­ter­noon and ended with the loss of Syria by two goals to one after the ex­ten­sion of the game for an ex­tra time and Syria wast­ing a sure goal in the fi­nal sec­onds, in which the ball hit the left pole. This goal would have en­sured the Syr­ian team reach­ing the World Cup.

The 1998 World Cup in France was the only one in which three Arab teams, Saudi Ara­bia, Tu­nisia, and Morocco, took part, while Arab par­tic­i­pa­tion was lim­ited to one or two rep­re­sen­ta­tives in most of the other World Cups.

The World Cup draw will be held on 1 De­cem­ber and will be held ac­cord­ing to the monthly rat­ing for the month of Oc­to­ber.The Egyp­tian team will be in the sec­ond cat­e­gory with the top teams in the world.

The pres­ence of the Egyp­tian team in the sec­ond cat­e­gory will dis­tance them from fac­ing any African team be­cause they mostly de­clined in rat­ing. This opens the door to an Egyp­tian-Arab con­fronta­tion in the World Cup.The Saudi team may fall in the same group as Egyp­tian.

Saudi Ara­bia may be in the third cat­e­gory, which makes them fall with the Egyp­tian team. Re­gard­less of which team will face the Pharaohs in the World Cup, ev­ery­one hopes to see a strong per­for­mance of the team and good games against the world teams.

The Egyp­tian national team qual­i­fied to the World Cup after de­feat­ing the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo

The Saudi team was the first Arab team to qual­ify to the World Cup

With 13 points, Tu­nisia leads Group A

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