Hector Cuper: Happy with performance against Portugal, not with result
Egypt delivered a convincing performance against the 2016 European champions at Letzigrund Stadium in Zürich, which saw the Pharaohs dominating and controlling the tempo of the game, but Ronaldo managed to make the difference in the dying minutes to earn his side a 2-1 victory.
“In general, we played a good game. It was an important challenge for us to know where we’re standing and what’s our level when it comes to competing with a rival like Portugal,” Cuper said. “It was a shame that they scored two goals in the dying minutes of the game.”
“We showed something different considering the team we were up against,” he explained. “We wanted to test ourselves against the power of Portugal and to see where we are at the beginning of the preparations.”
The coach said that, overall, he is happy with the way Egypt performed against Portugal but not with the final outcome.
As for the team’s key star Mohamed Salah, Cuper said: “Salah is one of the best players we have, but behind every great player there has to be a great team.”
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