Bradley's Egypt faces daunting playoff deficit after Ghana rout

The Pharaohs' dreams of reaching the World Cup were dashed after a 6-1 loss to Ghana in the first leg of their African qualifying playoff.
Bob Bradley's quest to lead turmoil-torn Egypt to its first World Cup since 1990 appears to be coming up just short.

The Pharaohs were humbled 6-1 by Ghana Tuesday in the first leg of their African qualifying playoff series, leaving little hope for the second leg that is scheduled for Nov. 19. Asamoah Gyan, whose goal lifted Ghana over the then-Bradley-coached USA in the round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup, scored twice, as the Black Stars proved too much to overcome on their home turf.

Mohamed Aboutreika's penalty gave Egypt an away goal and a lifeline at the end of the first half, as it pulled the side to within 2-1, but Abdul Warris restored the two-goal edge right before the break, and the hosts ran away with the result.

Ghana, which has stood in the way of the USA in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and 2013 U-20 World Cup, figures to be an unconquerable nemesis yet again for Americans, as Bradley's Egypt, which was the only unbeaten team in the world across group stages of World Cup qualifying, faces a nearly impossible task of overturning the five-goal edge.