Five things we learned from Egypt’s loss against Portugal
Egypt national team players can sleep at ease knowing they pushed European champions Portugal for a full 90 minutes and they had to be saved by the world’s best player in the dying minutes.
After failing to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations for three editions in a row, it all looked gloomy for the Pharaohs until a change of fortunes saw them qualify to the tournament in Gabon and reach the final lead by one of the best players in the world, Mohamed Salah.
Fast forward eight months later, Egypt qualified to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 28 long years. The loss against Portugal was an honorable one. The 2016 Euro champions had to wait until Cristiano Ronaldo broke them out of jail with the final kick of the match. The way the loss arrived hurt, but indeed it is not a bad sign for this generation.
This is a Mohamed Salah team, there is no doubt about that but this review is not about his importance to the national team rather about other areas that need to be given attention.
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