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FUTSAL: Egypt’s Abdelnaser gives his thoughts following Russia’s defeat
The Pharaohs have kicked off their campaign in group B in FIFA Futsal World Cup with a 7-1 win over Cuba.
Mostafa Eid scored a hat-rick, while Abdelrahman El-Shawal, Ahmed Homos, Mizo and Nader scored one goal each to record Egypt’s first win.
However the Pharaohs, who needed to beat Russia in order to advance to the second round, suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat in their second game.
Egypt’s goalkeeper Gamal Abdelnaser has believed that the national team were unlucky with the start of the game that witnessed Russia scoring two goals within 62 seconds.
“We were unlucky, nothing came off for us today. Our ball control wasn’t good enough and we gave the ball away too. And there’s no getting away from the fact either that Russia played a great game.” Abdelnaser told FIFA.com after the game.
“Although Russia’s two goals came early in the game, there was no way for Egypt back into the game after such a slow start but we didn’t want to give up. The coach told us after the first half to forget the first twenty minutes of the game,” Abdelnaser continued.
“I tried to talk to my team-mates the whole time and tell them what to do, but absolutely nothing worked out for us,” the 23 year old goalkeeper concluded.
Egypt will face Thailand in their last game of Group B. It worth a mention that the top two teams from the six groups advance in addition to the best four third-placed teams.