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Egypt rue missed chances in loss to 10-man Chile at U20 World Cup
African youth champions Egypt began their Under-20 World Cup campaign ruing a number of missed chances in a disappointing loss as 10-man Chile came back from a 0-1 deficit to win 2-1 in Antalya on Sunday.
Egypt starting XI: (3-4-3): Mossad Awad; Mahmoud Metwally, Rami Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim; Osama Ibrahim, Hossam Ghaly, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Saleh Gomaa), Ahmed Samir (Mahmoud Wahid); Ahmed Refaat (Mohamed Sherif), Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim; Ahmed ‘Koka’ Hassan.
Egypt looked the stronger side in the first-half, and it wasn’t long before the U-20 African champions opened the scoring in Antalya. Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ picked the ball up in the middle of Chile’s half where he nicely turned past a defender before sending a brilliant through ball to Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim who tapped it into the back of the net on the 10th minute.
Nicolas Castillo equalised in the 25th minute after his shot from inside the box was deflected off of captain Rami Rabia, who was making his return from a knee injury sustained almost two months ago, and lobbed over Egyptian keeper Mossad Awad.
Egypt missed a number of chances in the first half, most notably two glorious opportunities falling to goalscorer Kahraba which would haunt the Young Pharaohs later on in the game. After being beautifully played in by Ahmed Samir, Kahraba skied an attempt high over Melo’s goal from a few yards out.
Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan later served the ball on a plate to the electric Abdel-Moneim, who missed the free header just before half-time.
Chile were the better side in the second half as they dominated possession. Egypt rarely left their own half, and when they did, the Chilean defence were on hand to prevent any real threats from the Egyptian forwards.
Mohamed Sherif replaced Ahmed Refaat in the 54th minute as the Egyptian U-20 coach Rabie Yassin tried to add a more attacking threat. He also took off Trezeguet for Saleh Gomaa – MVP at the 2013 African Youth championship, who controversially didn’t start the game.
Chile then took the lead in the 77th minute thanks to a goal from substitute Christian Bravo after some poor defending from Egypt. Egypt didn’t seem to have a plan after conceding. Every time they picked up the ball deep into their half they would smack it up field hoping for either Koka or Kahraba to receive it, which in the second-half rarely happened.
Chile were down to 10 men in the 81st minute when Christian Cuevas was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Saleh Gomaa but Egypt failed to produce any further real threats on goal despite the man advantage.
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