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Ramadan misses penalty as Guinea hold Egypt
Ramadan Sobhi’s late penalty miss cost Egypt, as Guinea held the Pharaohs to a 1-1 draw at the Borg El Arab stadium on Tuesday evening.
Egypt started brightly, with Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ being caught offside with just seconds on the clock.
However, Guinea monopolized possession afterwards, with the hosts looking to hit on the break.
Mostafa Fathi was involved in the majority of Egypt’s attacking play, but apart from one lung-busting run on the counter that ended with him finishing inches wide of the post, the winger was inefficient in possession and wasted a few opportunities.
The Pharaohs finally broke the deadlock in the 36th minute, when Abdallah El-Said’s excellent through ball was poked beyond a despairing Yattara by Trezeguet.
Sam Morsy was introduced at the start of the second half in what was his international debut, and the Wigan player was joined by Ahmed Elmohamady on the field.
The former had an instant impact; he made a forceful but legal tackle to claim possession before setting up Abdallah El-Said for a shot that was saved by Yattara.
Ramadan Sobhi and Walid Soliman also joined the fray, but Guinea equalised in the 67th minute after errors from Ayman Ashraf and captain Essam El-Hadary.
Seconds earlier 2014/15 and 2015/16 Egyptian Premier League top scorer Hossam ‘Paulo’ Salama was given his debut, a decision that pleased the Alexandria crowd.
Egypt had the perfect chance to retake the lead when Walid Soliman was tripped in the box with 13 minutes to play, but Ramadan Sobhi strangely decided to take the spot kick and his poor effort was easily saved.
Hector Cuper’s side looked bereft of ideas afterwards, and the match drew to a close with Guinea avoiding defeat for the fifth time in eight matches against Egypt.
The Pharaohs take on South Africa next week, as they prepare for the resumption of 2018 World Cup qualifying in October.