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VIDEO: Egypt 2-0 England – Pharaohs Crash Out of U-20 World Cup
The Egyptian U-20 National team failed to secure a place in the knockout stages of the FIFA U-20 World Cup taking place in Turkey even after managing to beat England by two goals to nil in the final game of Group E.
Egypt’s Starting XI: Mosaad Awad, Mahmoud Hamad, Mahmoud Metwally, Rami Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Ahmed Samir, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Osama Ibrahim, Saleh Gomaa, Mahmoud Kahraba, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’
England’s Starting XI: Sam Johnstone, Eric Dier, Tom Thorpe, Luke Garbutt, Conor Coady, James Ward-Prowse, Ross Barkley, Larnell Cole, Harry Kane, John Stones, Luke Williams.
Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)
Venue: Ataturk Stadium (Bursa)
The Young Pharaohs needed to beat England by a three goal margin to secure a place in the next round, but failed to do so after managing to score only two goals through Mahmoud Trezeguet and Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’.
Mahmoud Trezeguet opened the scoring for the Young Pharaohs in the 79th minute, scoring a wonder goal by dribbling past two England players and placing the ball superbly past Sam Johnstone.
Rio Ave’s Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ gave the Egyptian a slight glimmer of hope in the 93rd minute after some neat work from Ahmed Samir. Samir dribbled past a couple of England defenders, only for Koka to neatly slot the ball in the low right hand side of Johnstone.
As referee Antonio Arias blew the final whistle, the Egyptian coaching staff and the players celebrated the win as if they had qualified to the knockout stages. Apparently the players weren’t informed that they had to beat England by a three goal margin in order to qualify. There was also talk about the Iraqi side being disqualified. In the end, the Egypt U-20 team led by Rabie Yassin crashed out of the tournament managing to finish in third place of the group.