RELIVE: Egypt U23 v Spain U23 (Tokyo 2020 Olympics)

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Jul 2021

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Thursday's match between Egypt and Spain in the Tokyo Olympic Games

Egypt vs. Spain

Full time: Egypt U23 0-0 Spain U23


The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt hold Spain to a 0-0 draw in their opening game of the Tokyo Olympics. Thanks for following our live updates!

90+4' Spain almost score!! Jesus Vallejo pops up at the far post to pounce on a headed clearance from Hegazy and side-foot the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. 

90+3' Ahly defender Ahmed Ramadan replaces Ramadan Sobhi. 

90+2' El-Shennawi blockes a shot from Olmo as Spain intensify their pressure in stoppage time. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

89' Egypt make another substitution. Karim Fouad replaces Karim El-Eraki. 

88' Spain create their best chance of the game! Rafa Mir's free header is handled by El-Shennawi. 

85' Spain move the ball around Egypt's area but are still unable to carve out openings. 

82' Egypt are putting ten men behind in the ball, hoping to snatch a valuable draw as the match approaches its dying minutes. 

79' Rafa Mir's free kick strikes a defender and goes out for a corner. 

77' Spain are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and Hegazy receives a yellow card. 

75' Hegazy is thwarting everything that comes in his way! A great defensive display from Egypt. 

71' Egypt notably improve when they the have the ball following the introduction of Salah Mohsen, Ibrahim Adel and Ammar Hamdi. 

69' Egypt defender El-Wensh makes a timely interception to deny Spain. 

68' Spain make three substitutions. Carlos Soler replaces Merino, Rafa Mir replaces Oyarzabal and Bryan Salvatierra replaces Asension.

65' The first effort for Egypt! Ramadan Sobhi holds off his challenger on the left and pulls the ball back to Ammar Hamdi, whose curling shot goes wide. 

62' Egypt make three substitutions. Pyramdis FC winger Ibrahim Adel replaces Taher, Ahly's Salah Mohsen replaces striker Ahmed Rayyan and Ittihad's Ammar Hamdi replaces Emam Ashour. 

60' Spain are still finding it difficult to penetrate a watertight defence. 

56' Taher dithers on the ball to miss out on the chance to launch a breakaway. Egypt are lost in the final third. 

53' Hegazy makes a great interception to thwart Mikel Oyarzabal after a fine Spain move. 

50' Olmo picks up the ball in the area but his low shot on the turn is too weak to trouble El-Shennawi. 

49' A cross from Asensio wreaks havoc in the area after a mis-timed jump from keeper El-Shennawi but Hegazy clears the sanger. 

47' Can Egypt keep Spain at bay in the second half? it seems the Pharaohs will stick to their cautious strategy. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his half-time whistle 

45+1' Spain make their second unscripted substitution.Ceballos pickes up an injury after Taher's challenge as he is replaced by Jon Moncayola.

44' Taher is yellow-carded for unintentionally stamping on the foot of Spain's Ceballos. 

43' The referee is checking the VAR for a possible red card to Egypt's Taher.

42' Egypt winger Taher Mohamed Taher tries his luck from distance but his shot goes high over. 

35' Egypt are defending in numbers, leaving little space for Spain to operate. 

26' Spain are denied by the bar but the assistant referee raises his flag for offside.  

23' Spain's Oscar Mingueza os replaced by by Jesus Vallejo after picking up an injury.

17' Marco Asensio's shot from inside the area is blocked by the defence.

12' Spain have the better possession in the early stages but they are yet to mount any threats. 

6' Egypt's left-back Ahmed Fatouh receives a yellow card. 

2' Mikel Oyarzabal's shot is blocked by Egypt's towering central defender Ahmed Hegazy.

The match is underway 

Starting lineups:

Egypt: Mohamed El Shenawy; Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud Hamdi El Wensh, Ahmed El Fotouh, Osama Galal, Karim El Eraki, Ramadan Sobhi, Akram Tawfik, Emam Ashour, Taher Mohamed, Ahmed Yasser Rayan  

Spain: Unai Simón, Pau Torres; Óscar Mingueza, Juan Miranda, Eric García, Dani Ceballos, Mikel Merino, Dani Olmo, Asensio, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pedri  


The Pharaohs will meet heavyweights Spain in the first match of a tough group that also includes Argentina and Australia.

Spain is a title contender as its olympic squad include six players who played in the last Euro 2020:  Unai Simon, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Pedri Gonzalez, Mikel Oyarzabal and Dani Olmo. The 22-man squad also include Real Madrid duo Marcos Asensio and Dani Ceballos.

Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

Venue: Sapporo Dome

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