Tokyo Olympics: Egypt slaps Spain and Germany falls to Brazil | sport

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Egypt scored a valuable point from Spain after they tied without goals on Thursday in Sapporo, as part of the opening of the third group matches of the football competition within the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which opens officially tomorrow, Friday.
And the football competition for players under 23, with the exception of three over this age, did not attract many stars from the round, due to the crowded calendar and its launch after the conclusion of the European Cup and Copa America.
The likes of the Brazilian Neymar, who led Brazil to the 2016 title at home, are absent from the French Kylian Mbappe and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, whose Liverpool team refused to give up his services during this period before the start of the season…
Shawki Gharib, the coach of Egypt, which finished fourth in 1928 and reached the quarter-finals in 1924, 1984 and 2012, made a lineup in which he relied on goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy, defenders Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Hamdi “Al-Wansh” and striker Ramadan Sobhi.
Gharib told beIN Sports, “This is the first time we have played with the Big Three. In the second half, despite the pressure, we were attacking better.”
“In general, you are facing the European champions, I am happy with the performance and more in the second half.”
In turn, Hegazy, who contributed his experience to winning the tie, said, “The beginning is always difficult. We have prepared and studied the Spain national team well. This is an important point at the beginning of our journey. I hope that the next matches will be better in possession.”
For its part, Spain pushed six players from the last European Cup, where it reached the semi-finals and went out against champion Italy on penalties, most notably Barcelona’s young midfielder Pedri.
El-Shennawy became the second Egyptian goalkeeper to compete in the World Cup and Olympics, after Mustafa Kamel Mansour in the 1934 World Cup and the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The Argentine Olympic team blew up a heavy-caliber surprise by losing its opening match with two goals against its Australian counterpart, at the “Sapporo Dome” in Group C as well.
Lachlan Wells, the Australian player, scored the first goal early in the 14th minute of the first half, after he took advantage of a cross to put it in the goal, then his colleague Marco Tellio added the second goal in the 80th minute of the confrontation.
Francisco Ortega was sent off from Argentina in the second minute of the time, instead of the 92nd wasted time, after receiving two yellow cards.
And the Saudi team started its campaign with a 1-2 loss against Cote d’Ivoire in the first round of Group D.
The Ivorian team advanced with a goal scored by Abdelilah Al-Omari, then Salem Al-Dosari managed to equalize the Saudis, before star Frank Kessie scored the second goal for the Ivorians.
Brazil, which won the gold in the last edition of “Rio 2016”, defeated its German counterpart 4-2 in the same group.
Brazil scored 3 goals in the first half, with Richarlison’s signature, in the 7th, 22nd and 30th minutes. Paulinho added a goal in stoppage time, and Germany responded with two goals scored by Nadim Amiri in the 57th minute, and Ragnar Ashi in the 84th minute, ending the match with Brazil winning (4-2).
Mexico defeated France 4-1 in Group A.
The Mexican team advanced with two goals through Alexis Vega and Francisco Cordova in the 47th and 55th minutes.
The French roosters responded with a goal signed 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.
New Zealand snatched a valuable victory from its South Korean counterpart, with a clean goal in the second group.
New Zealand owes the victory to Burnley striker Chris Wood, who scored the decisive goal in the 70th minute.
The Romanian national team defeated its Honduran counterpart in the same group.
Elvin Oliva of Honduras scored the game’s only goal by owning an own goal, in the 45+1 minute.
Here are the second round matches scheduled for next Sunday:
10:30 Egypt – Argentina
11:00 New Zealand – Honduras
11:00 France – South Africa
11:30 Brazil – Cote d’Ivoire
13:30Australia-Spain
14:00 Japan – Mexico
14:00 Romania – South Korea
14:30 Saudi Arabia – Germany
Source: France 24 and agencies و





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