Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi picked up a potentially serious injury for Germany, while Mohamed Elneny helped Egypt make history in finally qualifying for the World Cup.
Shkodran Mustafi managed to play 36 minutes in Germany’s World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan, but then pulled up with an injury that forced him to retire from proceedings.
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There’s no official word yet on the severity of the injury suffered by the German, but BBC Sport believe it could be a hamstring problem, potentially keeping him out for the rest of October. Germany won the match to complete a perfect qualification campaign, but Arsenal will have to deal with the ramifications of this win over the next few weeks.
Mohamed Elneny also started on Sunday, playing for Egypt against Congo. The match was the penultimate game of the group stage, but Egypt went into it knowing a win would already be enough to secure qualification before their final fixture against Ghana.
Mo Salah ended up being the hero of the day, scoring in the 63rd minute to put Egypt ahead, and then again in the 95th minute after Congo had equalised late on. Elneny will now have the chance to head to Russia with his country next summer.