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VIDEO: Egypt end March friendlies with loss to Greece

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The Pharaohs have finished their March friendlies with a dismal performance against , who managed to secure a deserved 1-0 win.

failed in the international break to secure a win against two tough European sides, as the Pharaohs lost against Portugal 2-1 and against Greece.

Egypt’s XI: Mohamed Awad; Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Saad Samir, Ahmed Elmohamady; Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Elneny; Momen Zakaria, Mohamed Magdy, Ramadan Sobhi; Marwan Mohsen.

Greece’s XI: Andreas Gianniotis, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Dimitrios Pelkas, Alexandros Tziolis, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Michalis Bakakis, Nikos Karelis, Giorgos Tzavellas, Anastasios Donis, Konstantinos Stafylidis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

The Egyptian team started the game well, as after only five minutes Ramadan Sobhi managed to create a wonderful chance to Momen Zakaria, but the latter failed to convert it into the net.

After that, the Egyptian national team failed to show up and the Greek side started dominating the midfield and completely outplayed Hector Cuper’s men.

It didn’t take them long as they managed to find the net through Nikos Karelis in the 28th minute, as the player managed to convert a wonderful cross through his header, giving his side a deserved lead.

The game kept going on with Hector Cuper’s side looking lost after the goal, which saw the Greek side putting more pressuring on Egypt in the last 15 minutes of the first-half.

The second half started and Egypt started to get into the game slowly, but without making any threat on the Greek side.

Kahraba had a massive chance to equalise after receiving a perfect ball from Abdallah El-Said, but the Ittihad Jeddah forward failed to beat Andreas Gianniotis.

The game kept moving on with Egyptian team trying to find the equaliser, but couldn’t break the Greek defence, who managed to keep a clean sheet and secured a 1-0 win.

Egypt are still having three more friendlies before the World Cup, against Kuwait, Belguim, and Colombia.



  1. Hosam

    March 27, 2018 at 11:12 PM

    Such a bad game of Egypt. Always passing back to the defenders.. When passing forward the pass gets intercepted. Again a conceded goal by a header. It seems we never learn from our mistakes. Greece is not even a strong side but their play can be compared to the way the Russians play.

    I think being third or fourth in our wc group is more realistic sad enough. Even the Saudis play better than our team.

    • Mo

      March 27, 2018 at 11:33 PM

      I absolutely agree with you. I am even worrying if we can get at least a point from Saudi Arabien in the WC Group. If we play like this in the WC we will lose all our matches.
      Such a waste of time for the people which have been in the stadium today.

    • Ali G.

      March 27, 2018 at 11:46 PM

      The Pharaohs will visit Russia for vacation not for playing football.

      They should build a team for the WC in Qatar 2022.

  2. Gogi

    March 28, 2018 at 12:20 AM

    Another loss. I’m quite happy because that match might open the eyes of many blinded people. In both matches we’ve played VERY weak football. I would’ve said that no matter how the result against Portugal had been. The Portuguese are going to be kicked out in the group stages (mark my words, I’m quite good at betting). Put their freak result at the European championship – a prime example of why I consider international football (especially nowadays) 60% luck – aside.
    Hector Cúper is the worst coach we’d had in a long time. People are blinded by lucky results and Salah’s heroics. In fact, neither in World Cup qualifying nor at the AFCON nor at friendlies we’ve performed close to the level we had done in Shehata’s days. But, but we qualified? Yes we did but as I said…60 % luck. In the 2010 qualifiers we’ve got the same amount of points in a hard group and if it hadn’t been for some VERY shady refereeing in Algeria’s home matches against Rwanda & Zambia (I’ve watched those two) we would’ve been through. Not to talk about all the other unlucky and awkward qualifications in the past some of you probably still remember.
    Still, I believe that we DO have a lot of potential. We have some extremely talented players who are capable of achieving ANYTHING at the World Cup. However, the biggest hurdle these players have to face is a man named Hector Cúper. Any success they’ll have would be DESPITE his terrible “coaching”. Unfortunately, he’s not going to be offloaded before the World Cup.
    Now we’re standing here with two confidence boosting results, no new insights about young players who could induce some offensive spark into our game and we’re probably going to tumble out of the top 50 in the world rankings…
    Chapeau, Monsieur Cúper!

  3. Ahmed

    March 28, 2018 at 2:50 AM

    Abresult that was expected from two big sides but really mohamed magdy was a waste of space that other better players from the league could have been in the team. Mohamady useless and by this there is a problem at righ and left back. Hossam ashour still not ready for international matches, koka and marwan not up to their best. Nah really egypt rely too much on salah and if it stays like this. Kiss goodbye to an early group stage exit

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