Salah Inspires Egypt To beat 2022 World Cup-Bound Belgium


By Sedara Oluwadara

Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah was instrumental for Egypt who shocked Belgium 2-1 in a friendly game on Friday.

It was Belgium’s final warm up game before heading to Qatar for the World Cup.

After the friendly with Iraq was recently cancelled, Roberto Martinez had hoped that his players would build some confidence with a strong performance against Egypt.

However, goals from Mostafa Mohamed and Trezeguet either side of half time put Egypt 2-0 ahead.With 14 minutes left Lois Openda pulled a goal back for Belgium but Egypt held on to record the shock win.

Although Romelu Lukaku did not feature, was a Martinez named an otherwise strong starting lineup, including the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Belgium are in Group F with Canada, Morocco and Croatia and will kickoff their campaign against the North Americans on November 23.

Africa’s representative at this year’s tournament Indomitable Lions of Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw by Panama.

Eric Choupo-Moting gave Cameroon the lead in the 48th minute before Michael Murillo equalised for Panama on 55 minutes.

Cameroon will battle Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland in Group G in Qatar.

And in the other friendly game played on Friday, Serbia warmed up for the World Cup with a comfortable 5-1 win against Bahrain

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