VIDEO: Egypt snatch late draw against Kuwait in friendly ahead of World Cup
Egypt snatched a late draw against Kuwait after starting the game without nine of the team’s starters in a friendly ahead of the World Cup.
Just few minutes after kick-off at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait troops hit the ground running as Fahd Al-Ansary connected with a cross, tapping the ball past Sherif Ekramy to make it 1-0 for the home side after six minutes.
The Pharaohs did not show any impactful reaction, as Hector Cuper’s men only created two chances for the rest of the first half. Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala came with a solo run beating the Kuwait defense, yet his shot went wide.
The second was from a pinpoint cross by Karim Hafez that was cleared by a defender before Ahmed Hassan Kouka could get a grasp over the ball, failing to score an equaliser for the Pharaohs before the first half whistle.
A huge error from Ayman Ashraf gave Faisal El-Agab a clear cut chance that was stopped by a masterclass save from Ekramy. The same player came a few minutes later with another crucial free-kick that hit the right post.
Nine minutes from time, Ashraf passed the ball to Kahraba who gave it back to the left back inside the opponent’s box for the No.27 to score Egypt’s fist goal of the game, which ended 1-1.
Egypt, who lost their last two friendlies to Greece and Portugal, will next play against Colombia on June 1 before they take off to face Belgium in Brussels on June 6.
The Pharaohs, who reached the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. They will kick off their group stage games on June 15, before facing Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.
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