Impressive Egypt keeper El-Shennawi explains how he managed to deny Uruguay star Suarez

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Jun 2018,
Mohamed El-Shennawy Egypt goalkeeper (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi revealed how he managed to thwart Uruguay star Luis Suarez following a man-of-the-match performance by the Ahly guardian in the Pharaohs' World Cup opener on Friday.

Despite losing 1-0 to a last-gasp Jose Gimenez header, El-Shennawi put in a remarkable display, frustrating Suarez and Edinson Cavani more than once – including a one-on-one opportunity from the Barcelona frontman.

"I initially expected Suarez to shoot straight at me as he usually does in similar situations," the 29-year-old keeper told satellite channel ON Sport.

 "Suarez however opted to round me but I was ready to gather the ball.

"I was fully focused upon denying Suarez that I was not able to hear the fans in the stands.

"It's not just me, any other Egypt keeper would have put in a similar performance against Uruguay."

With 45-year-old keeper Essam El-Hadary initially tipped to stand between the posts for Egypt, manager Hector Cuper eventually opted for the novice El-Shennawi – who admirably justified his coach's decision to field him.

Egypt also have Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy, who was included after Zamalek shot-stopper Ahmed El-Shennawi had been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.  

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