The Arab teams are close to achieving an unprecedented achievement in the history of their participation in the World Cup, after they achieved positive results in the first leg of the play-off round of the African continent’s qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
And the World Cup reached the Qatar “host” and Saudi Arabia, the officially qualified teams, while the competition in the Asian continent for third place in the first group between two Arab teams, Iraq and Al-Abyad, the UAE, is still competing for the Asian playoff with Australia.
The opportunity of the Arab-African Quartet to catch up with the qualifiers for the World Cup increased after the distinguished levels of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, which won the first leg matches, while Morocco returned with a draw from outside its rules.
The Algerian team managed to win away from home over Cameroon with a clean goal scored by Islam Slimani in the 40th minute, putting his country close to qualifying for the World Cup, as the desert warriors need to draw or win to qualify.
Tunisia followed the example of Algeria, when its team defeated Mali with a clean goal at the latter’s stadium, successfully interrupting the first half, as it will play the return at home, hoping to win or at least a draw to reserve the qualification ticket.
The Pharaohs team did not leave the circle of victories for the Arab teams, after it also beat Senegal with a clean goal, at the Cairo International Stadium, as it hopes to achieve a tie in Dakar to be in the World Cup.
The Moroccan team returned with a precious tie from Kinshasa, with a goal for the same with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, knowing that it will host the “Panthers” in Casablanca, with the ambition of victory or a 0-0 draw, to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row.
The play-off seat of the Asian group will witness an exciting competition between the teams of Iraq and the UAE, as the third-placed team will qualify for the Asian play-off match against Australia, and the match will be played in the home and away system, and the winner will face the fifth South American qualifiers in order to reach the World Cup in one match.
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