The African champions faced a rival full of illustrious names and most of their players participated with the first team in the European Championship 2020, such as Pedri, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres and Unai Simon, along with prominent players such as Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Oscar Mingueza.
But the Egyptian team held out in defense, benefiting from the experience of the first team goalkeeper and Al-Ahly team, Mohamed El-Shennawy, and the hearts of the defense, Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Hamdi (the winch), who were invited to participate by the over-aged players, who aborted and eliminated the Spanish danger.
And the most dangerous opportunity for Spain was in the first half when Ceballos – Arsenal player – hit the post before he was injured.
The third group also includes Argentina and Australia.
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Saudi Arabia’s loss
The Saudi team started its career in the Tokyo Olympics by losing 1-2 to Ivory Coast in Group D, which also includes Brazil and Germany.
Abdelilah Al-Omari scored Ivory Coast’s first goal by mistake in the 39th minute, and Salem Al-Dosari equalized for Saudi Arabia only 5 minutes later, but Frank Casey scored the winning goal for Ivory Coast in the 66th minute.
Mexico overruns France
Mexico defeated France 4-1 in the first round of Group A.
The first half ended in a goalless tie, then the Mexican team advanced with two goals in the second half through Alexis Vega and Francisco Cordova in the 47th and 55th minutes.
France responded with a goal by Andre-Pierre Gignac from a penalty kick in the 69th minute, but Mexico confirmed its right to win by scoring the third and fourth goals through Aurel Antona and Eduardo Aguirre in the 80th and 90th minutes.