Libya 2-0 Togo

Libya win eliminates Togo

June 14, 2013
By ESPN staff

Libya extended their lead at the top of their World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Togo in Tripoli which ended the visitors' hopes of reaching next year's finals in Brazil.

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GettyImagesSaleh's early penalty opened the scoring in Tripoli

The victory puts Libya on nine points at the top of Group I, three ahead of Cameroon who play DR Congo on Sunday.

Faisal Saleh's seventh-minute penalty and Komlan Amewou's own goal 11 minutes later sealed the result in a match which had a controversial build-up.

The fixture was moved from Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in clashes in the city last weekend. FIFA denied Togo's request to have the match played at a neutral venue, leading to two players - midfielder Alaixys Romao and forward Jonathan Ayite - to withdraw from the squad in protest.

Romao had warned that the country's players feared a repeat of their horrific 2010 Africa Cup of Nations experience.

Three people, including two members of the Togolese delegation, were killed by machine-gun-wielding separatists when the team made its way to the Angolan enclave of Cabinda for its group stage games at the Nations Cup that year.

"My cry for help was not really taken seriously," Romao told L'Equipe earlier in the week. "I won't go to Libya where I won't feel safe - even in Tripoli - except if Sepp Blatter goes with us, sleeps in the same hotel as us and sits in our dugout."

Star striker Emmanuel Adebayor and goalkeeper Kossi Agassa were also missing from the Togo squad after they reportedly refused to play in last week's 2-0 win over Cameroon.