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Last 10 minutes against Congo were ‘one of toughest of my career’, says Hegazi

Ahmed Hegazi
Egypt international said that the last 10 minutes of the Pharaohs’ game against Congo were “one of the toughest of his career”.

The West Brom defender played the full 90 minutes as Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 on Sunday to seal their spot in the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

“Before the game, we’re only focusing on achieving our target,” the 26-year-old defender said in a televised interview.

When asked about the scoring chance he wasted in the first half, Hegazi said: “Maybe if I were more skillful I could’ve scored or passed it to Ramadan [Sobhi].”

Hegazi said that they experienced a rollercoaster of emotions during the game as the Pharaohs took the lead through Mohamed Salah in the 62nd minute before Congo equalised three minutes from time to put Egypt’s World Cup dream under threat.

“We experienced all kinds of emotions during this match,” Hegazi said.

The on-loan West Brom defender said that following Congo’s equaliser all the players were shocked but Salah and veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary as well as the fans started encouraging the players to keep fighting.

“The moments after the goal were tough. We were disappointed but were still determined to win and managed to get back on our feet again,” he added.

The players’ determination paid off as in the third minute of injury time, Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet was awarded a penalty after he was fouled inside the box, and Salah converted from the spot.

“We knew before the game that Salah was the one who would take a penalty.

“We reacted hysterically after the game and kept running in the stadium,” Hegazi added.

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