Egypt draw with Colombia to remain winless in build up to World Cup
The Pharaohs drew 0-0 with Colombia in their second of three friendlies ahead of their first game in Russia on June 15 against Uruguay.
A day after Egypt drew their first friendly against Kuwait 1-1, the country was shocked as Mohamed Salah was substituted out of Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final with a shoulder injury that could leave Salah fighting time to make the World Cup.
As a result, head coach Héctor Cúper made multiple changes to the starting eleven against Colombia to more closely resemble his preferred line-up. Mohamed El-Shennawy, Saad Samir, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Sam Morsy, and Marwan Mohsen were among the changes to the starting line-up against Colombia.
Just two minutes into the match, Colombia had their first chance when Falcao headed James Rodriguez’s cross just wide. The two combined once again nine minute later, but Falcao failed to put his header on target.
Right before the half hour mark, Colombia had another chance from a cross but Uribe failed to take advantage of Mohamed El-Shennawy’s poor positioning. Egypt’s first chance of the game came in the 33rd minute when Ahmed Hegazi’s header from Abdallah El-Said’s corner went away from the goal.
Rodriguez was once again at the center of Colombia’s attack when his wonderfully taken free-kick rebounded off the crossbar. La Tricolor held much of the possession and had better chances through much of the rest of the first half. Egypt had two quick chances in the closing minutes of the half but both Marwan Mohsen and Ramdan Sobhi were unable to convert.
The second half started with Essam El-Hadary coming on for Mohamed El-Shennawy in goal, yet Colombia continued to dominate. El-Hadary came up with a great save on José Izquierdo’s shot in the 72nd minute to keep the game level.
Egypt’s third and final friendly will be against Belgium on June 6 before facing Uruguay at the World Cup on June 15.
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