The Pharaohs were edged out 1-0 by the Selecao in a hard-fought match.
in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. The Pharaohs, who had qualified ahead of Argentina and Australia in the group stage, started the game with the same squad that stunned Australia 2-0 on Wednesday. On the other hand, Andre Jardine made one change to the side that defeated Saudi Arabia 3-1 in their last group-stage match.Douglas Luiz
, who returned from suspension, started ahead of Matheus Henrique in central midfield.
Egypt started the game by pressing the Selecao upfront. The Pharaohs’ well-organized defense managed to escape Brazil’s initial pressure. However, Shawky Gharieb’s side were shocked by Brazil’s swift counter-attack in the 32nd minute. Following a failed penalty appeal from the Pharaohs, Richarlison threw a couple of step-overs before rolling the ball toMatheus Cunha
, who broke the deadlock with a precise shot into the bottom corner of the net. Brazil continued their attacks to extend their lead before half-time, but they were not able to convert their chances and the first half ended in a 1-0 win for the Selecao.
Egypt tried to get an early equalizer in the second half, but they lacked enough composure to create serious chances. Jardine’s side took complete control of the game and managed to create a few dangerous chances through Richarlison’s deadly runs. However, the Selecao forwards were not clinical enough to score another goal before the final whistle and they qualified to the semi-finals with a 1-0 victory.
Despite their elimination, Egypt managed to display solid performances in their Tokyo Olympics campaign. The Pharaohs ended the group stage with four points from their three games against Spain, Argentina, and Australia.
The winner of today’s quarter-final tie betweenSouth Korea
will face Brazil in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
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