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VIDEO: Bradley suffers poor Egypt debut against star-less Brazil

Five-time world champions Brazil claim an easy 2-0 victory over African champions Egypt in Monday's friendly game in Qatari capital Doha

Karim Farouk, Monday 14 Nov 2011
Brazil's Jonas Oliveira celebrates after scoring against Egypt's during their international friendly soccer match in Doha.(Photo: AP)
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Egypt coach Bob Bradley had a disappointing debut with Egypt after the seven-time African champions slumped to a 2-0 defeat by a depleted Brazil side in a friendly game in Qatari capital Doha.

Valencia striker Jonas scored twice on the 39 and 59 minutes to reward Brazil for their domination. The Selecao could have added to their tally but were denied by a series of stunning saves from debutant keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy.

Apart from some individual efforts, the Pharaohs barely troubled the Brazilians defence after putting in a poor attacking display against Brazil, who missed the spark of the likes Neymar, Ronaldinho, Ganso, Kaka, Robinho and Alexandre Pato.

Classic 4-4-2 and new faces

American boss Bradley started the game with a classic 4-4-2 formation that included three new faces in keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy, defender Ahmed Hegazy and left-back Mohamed Nassef.

The Egyptians had the first sight of goal when Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala” curled an amazing free-kick only to be denied by keeper Diego Alves.

Egypt could not threaten Brazil afterwards after opting to rely on long balls rather than their trademark short-passing game.

Brazil took control of the game and pushed their opponents deep into their half. Porto striker Hulk posed the greatest threat, causing constant troubles for the defenders through his runs down the left flank.

He came close to scoring after receiving a long pass from Lucas Leiva inside the area but, being under pressure, his shot went over the bar  

El-Shennawy, 20, had to make some excellent stretches to deny clear-cut chances from Cesar, Sandro and Hernanes.

But he was powerless to prevent Brazil from taking the lead six minutes before the interval as Hulk caught full-back Nassef napping to send a low cross which evaded El-Shennawy and found Jonas, who easily taped into an empty net from three yards out.

Egypt were toothless up front as strikers Emad Meteb and Mohamed Zidan were closely marked and the latter seemed a shadow of himself after being left on the sidelines with Dortmund for more than a year.

Bradley made a couple of changes at the interval bringing in Walid Soliman and Ibrahim Salah, in place of Zidan and Hossam Ghaly.

Just seconds before the hour mark, Brazil hero Jonas doubled the lead to take his tally with the Selecao to two goals in five appearances.   El-Shennawy parried Fernandinho’s free header into the path of the unmarked Valencia man, who made no mistake on the rebound.

Better but not enough

Egypt pushed forward in an attempt to bounce back. Lierse striker Mohamed Elgabas and skipper Ahmed Hassan entered the fray as the team slightly improved but they still couldn’t trouble Brazil’s keeper Alves.

The 36-year old Hassan, who equaled the 178-game world record of international appearances held by former Saudi Arabia keeper Mohamed El-Deayea, fired a 25-yard shot that was brilliantly denied by Alves.

El-Shennawy had to produce a couple of more superb saves to deny Dudu from opening his scoring account with Brazil and keep the score at 2-0.

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