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Egypt fall to defeat against Bahrain

’s Beach Soccer Team claimed a tough victory over the 4-3 in a friendly match at the Bahrain Football Association (BFA) fields on Thursday.

The match was played as the second and final friendly between the two sides as the Egypt’s flew into Bahrain earlier this week.

Both team had a similar interest playing the match as Egypt prepare for the African Qualifiers while Bahrain prepares for their participation in the Asian Super Tournament.

The match was attended by officials from the BFA and the Asian Football Confederation as well as the Egyptian Embassy.

Also in attendance was member of the Egyptian Football Association and the supervisor of Egyptian Beach Soccer, Khalid Latif who flew in last night.

The match saw a quick start by the Egyptians who took the lead through a well placed shot by Abou Sirei early in the game.

Bahrain, who were managed by Portuguese coach Joao Ferreira, wasted no time harshly attacking their Egyptian opponents to find an equalizer through Rashid Jamal.

The first half ended 1-1 and both teams failed to put in a performance worthy of a win.

The second half saw Egypt’s players play with lack of concentration as Bahrain’s Ayoob Naseeb scored his first of the night to give Bahrain the lead.

Bahrain capitalized well on Egypt’s errors as Rashed Jamal intercepted a ball from the Egyptian defender and headed to a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper and gave Bahrain a 3-1 lead.

Egypt looked unlucky as they started to concentrate back on the game but failed to score.

The Egyptian coaching staff was also seen a couple of times protesting the referee’s calls as they felt the Bahraini referee was taking sides with his country.

However that did not stop the team from scoring a second goal to tighten the gap on Bahrain but only for Bahrain’s Abdulla Al Arabi to score a fourth taking Bahrain back to a two-goal lead.

Egypt scored a third goal in the dying minutes of the game but Bahrain cleverly stood strong in defense to deny their opponents a chance after that.

Egypt had beaten Bahrain two days prior to this match in another friendly.

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