Cuper pleased with strikers’ performance against Belgium despite 3-0 defeat
Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper admitted the Pharaohs’ defense wasn’t on form against Belgium, but expressed his satisfaction with the strikers’ performances.
The Pharaohs lost 3-0 to Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday in their final friendly ahead of the 2018 World Cup. They failed to collect a win in their pre-World Cup friendlies as they also settled for draws against Kuwait and Colombia in their final preparation camp.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the hosts after 27 minutes and Eden Hazard doubled their lead seven minutes before the break. In the stoppage time, Marouane Fellaini scored to make it 3-0.
“In a comparison with our game against Colombia, our defence was not on form today,” Cuper said after the Pharaohs’ defeat to Belgium as he made comparisons with their goalless draw with Colombia less than a week earlier.
Despite failing to score against Belgium, Cuper was satisfied with the performance of the Pharaohs’ strikers. “I am satisfied with the strikers performances. Marwan Mohsen, Amr Warda and Kahraba were promising today,” he added.
Mohsen and Warda were included in the starting line up and made way for Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet and Omar Gaber in the second half, while Mahmoud Kahraba came on to replace Ramadan Sobhi in the 67th minute.
Egypt will be making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years when they face Uruguay in their group stage opener on June 15. They will then play against hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.
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