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Salah scores direct from corner, injured in Egypt romp

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star scored direct from a corner but was later injured as romped to a 4-1 qualifying win over eSwatini.

The striker went down holding his leg as the Group J match drew to a close in Cairo, resumed after receiving treatment, and was almost immediately withdrawn.

Speaking after the match, told BeIN Sports: "The initial diagnosis, according to the team doctor, is a strong It is not a tear, I think it is not serious."

After scoring 44 goals in all competitions during his first season at Anfield, the striker has netted only three this term, with just one since August.

netted twice and missed two penalties when record seven-time African champions hammered 6-0 last month in another

With eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) ranked even lower than Niger, there were expectations that could get back on the goal trail at the in the Egyptian capital.

He blasted a shot wide with Egypt three goals ahead before curling a corner into the net on the of half-time.

Salah fluffed a chance to net again by missing from inside the box during the second half after combining with

Ahmed Elmohamady, and also scored for Egypt and Sibonginkosi Gamedze snatched a late eSwatini consolation goal.

Tunisia, who host Saturday, and Egypt have six points each in a mini-league they seem certain to qualify from for in

- Home teams dominated -

and also scored four goals on a day when home teams dominated with seven of the first eight matches delivering maximum points to them.

Jonathan Kodjia, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, and scored for the Ivorians as they crushed the 4-0 in Bouake.

In the other Group H match, defeated 2-0 in through goals from and to stay three points ahead of the Ivorians.

ended the perfect two-victory Group I record of by recovering from conceding a third-minute goal to triumph 4-1 in

turned the tide with goals after 12 and 16 minutes, levelling from a penalty before volleying his team into the lead.

and have six points and can join them if they win at home to bottom team Botswana Saturday.

An Eric goal gave a laboured 1-0 Group B win over in Yaounde, and Dutch his first success as 'Indomitable Lions'

Defending champions are guaranteed a place among the 24 finalists next year as hosts, but opted to compete in the mini-league phase to gain competitive match practice.

They top the group with seven points, four more than Morocco, who should narrow the gap by defeating the in Saturday.

In other matchday 3 qualifiers, beat 3-0 in Libreville, snatched a late 1-1 draw with the in and outplayed 3-0 in

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 10:25 IST