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Egypt draw with Colombia to remain winless in build up to World Cup

The Pharaohs drew 0-0 with in their second of three friendlies ahead of their first game in Russia on June 15 against Uruguay.

A day after 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 .

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.

In addition to being a football/soccer and basketball enthusiast, I am currently pursuing a combined BS/MD degree at VCU. I also currently work as a Pharmacy Technician in my spare time.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Mo

    June 2, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    I have a question. I think whole Egypt has the same question: When do we start to play football? When do we see attacking and goalscoring in our matches? I hope they dont extend the contract of Cuper. Even if he is succesfull thats not the kind of football Egypt is known for in the past decades…

    • Ahmed

      June 3, 2018 at 1:01 AM

      Agreed. To be honest with you, while Egypt is known for beautiful attacking football in Africa, we haven’t been as successful in offensive play internationally. The reality is, the only way I see us making it through Group A is to play deep in defense against Uruguay (their attack is too strong for us to risk getting caught on the counter), and pull our weight with our traditional attacking play against Russia and KSA. Our days of terrifying international defenses (aka Continental Cup 2009 vs Brazil & Italy) are gone. We have one man in front, but the backbone cannot support attacking play. Just like you, I want to see our beautiful attacking play, but we can’t afford it if we hope to make it past the group stage.

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