Yesterday, the Egyptian national football team bid farewell to the quarter-finals of the football competitions in the Tokyo Olympics, losing to Brazil with one goal without a response, in the match that brought them together at Saitama Stadium. On the other hand, Spain swept the Ivory Coast by five goals, while Japan defeated New Zealand on penalties, after a 0-0 draw in the match, and in the fourth match, South Korea received a tough six from Mexico for three goals. In the two semi-final matches, Spain will meet hosts Japan, while Brazil will face Mexico in a difficult test on the third of this month.
The “Pharaohs” team did not offer anything to intercede for it to overcome Brazil’s obstacle, after it performed a modest performance in which its players were not at their best levels, with the exception of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy, who was one of the reasons for the result to stop at one goal, after confronting many dangerous opportunities on his goal. And the reality imposed itself at the beginning of the match, and the Seleção controlled the course of the game, amid a clear retreat from the players of the Egyptian team, who valiantly defended their goal, to prevent any early goal from being received. The Egyptian coach, Shawky Gharib, explained the strategy of narrowing the spaces in front of the Brazilian players, relying on the counter-attack that almost hit goalkeeper Santos, through a header played by Akram Tawfiq, which passed along the left post.
But the Egyptian team was unable to continue threatening the Brazilian team, to which the danger returned again, through a powerful shot by Richarlison from inside the box, and Mohamed El-Shennawy removed it to a corner. Before the end of the first half, Brazil managed to exploit a mistake from the midfield duo, Ammar Hamdi and Akram Tawfiq, in the coverage, so that Seleção striker Matthews could ably place it to the right of El-Shennawy.
The Egyptian national team goalkeeper returned to shine again, by addressing more than one individual, after the Brazilian players succeeded in knowing how to strike the “Pharaohs” defense through the longitudinal balls between the trio Osama Jalal, Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Al-Wensh. Other than midfielder Douglas. The Egyptian team appeared in a different way in the last minutes, thanks to the changes made by the technical staff, with the descent of the duo Nasser Maher and Nasser Mansi, and Salah Mohsen threatened the Brazil goal in those minutes with a shot from outside the box, which the goalkeeper grabbed with difficulty, but the time after that was not enough to modify the result.
Egypt 0-1 Brazil.
Spain 5-2 Ivory Coast.
– Japan 0 (4-2) 0 New Zealand.
South Korea 3-6 Mexico.
• The two semi-final matches will be held on the current 3rd, where Spain will meet with Japan, and Brazil will face Mexico.
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