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3.30.2009

Egypt couldn't beat Zambia: 1-1 draw in African qualifier

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The experienced Dennis Banda scored a second-half equalizer Sunday to help Zambia hold African champion and super favorite Egypt to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifying match.

In fact, Amr Zaki had put Egypt in the lead in the 28th minute, but Banda scored in the 56th to give the Zambians one point in Group C of African qualifying.

Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990, but the team is favored to reach the 2010 tournament in South Africa after winning the last two African Cup of Nations titles.

We must mention that all four teams in Group C, which also includes Algeria and Rwanda, have one point after one match, with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup.

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South American Qualifiers: Chile beat Peru in Lima after 24 years

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Chile got an important win over Peru 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday to overtake five-time champion Brazil for the third place in the South American qualifying zone for South Africa 2010.

The powerful player Alexis Sanchez scored in the second minute while Humberto Suazo and Matias Fernandez added goals before and after half time to seal Chile's first victory against Peru in Lima in 24 years.

The weak Peru, in last place in the continental qualifying, had problems creating opportunities against the Chileans, with its only goal in the 33rd minute through forward John Fano.

After Sanchez' early goal, Chile stunned the Inca team with two more from Suazo in the 31st minute and Fernandez in the 69th minute.

Peruvian crack of Fiorentina player Juan Vargas was sent off in the 52nd minute after receiving two yellow cards.

With this triumph, Chile moved into third place with 19 points. Argentina also has 19 points after beating Venezuela 4-0 on Saturday but has a better goal differential. Paraguay leads the tournament with 23 points.

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