RELIVE: Egypt U23 vs Australia U23 (Tokyo Olympic Games)

Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Jul 2021

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Wednesday's match between Egypt and Australia in the third matchday of Group C in the Tokyo Olympic Games

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File photo: Argentina s forward Pedro De La Vega (2nd L) shoots among Egypt s defender Mahmoud El Wench (R, behind) and defender Ahmed Hegazi (2nd R, #6) during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men s group C first round football match between Egypt and Argentina at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo on July 25, 2021. AFP

Full time: Egypt 2-0 Australia
Scorers: Ahmed Rayan 44, Ammar Hamdi 85

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt are through to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Australia. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+4' El-Shennawi once again denies Australia, diving to his right to push out a low shot. 

90+2' The referee adds seven minutes of stoppage time. 

90+1' Egypt make a double substitution. Nasser Maher replaces the lively Ramadan Sobhi and Emam Ashour replaces rock-solid defensive midfielder Akram Tawfik. 

90' A low shot from Egypt substitute Ibrahim Adel is deflected for a corner. 

85' Hamdi buries home the rebound after some superb individual work from fellow substitute Nasser Mansi, who turns Kye Rowles inside out with clever twists before his tame shot is fumbled by keeper Tom Glover.


82' El-Shennawi produces another brilliant stop, diving to his right to smother a goal-bound header from Thomas Deng!  

80' El-Shennawi makes a brilliant save, tipping over a shot from substitute Daniel Arzani.

79' Egypt make a substitution. Rayan, the scorer of the only goal, makes way for Nasser Mansi. 

77' Australia's Keanu Baccus is booked for a challenge on Ammar Hamdi.

74' Egypt are pegged back as Australia probe for openings. 

70' Egypt waste a glorious chance! The lively Ramadan jinks into the area and slips the ball to Ammar Hamdi, who holds off his challengers and rattles the bar with a powerful shot. The ball falls to Sobhi again but he heads over the bar with the goal gaping. 

69' Egypt look composed, but they must be wary of Australia's threat. Spain go 1-0 up against Argentina, which means any victory for Egypt would take them through.  

66' El-Shennawi receives treatment. 

63' Australia make a third substitution. Jay Rich-Baghuelou replaces Lachlan Wales.

62' What a chance for Egypt! Rayan's superb pass releases Sobhi but the keeper rushes out to smother his attempted chip. 

61' Egypt make their first substitution. Versatile midfielder Ammar Hamdi replaces winger Salah Mohsen. 

56' A chance for Australia! Marco Tilio skips past a couple of challengera and cuts inside before feeding Conor Metcalfe, whose shot is blocked by El-Shennawi. 

52' Australia throw caution to the wind in the second half, but will Egypt take advantage of the gaps their opponents are likely to leave at the back? 

49' Egypt keeper El-Shennawi saves a long-range shot. As things stand, Egypt will reach the quarter-final. 

46' Australia, who need at least a draw, make a double substitution. Keanu Baccus replaces Denis Genreau and Daniel Arzani replaces Dylan Pierias.

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

44' Ahmed Rayan puts Egypt ahead after some brilliant individual work from Ramadan Sobhi, who skips past Harry Souttar on the left to jink into the area and square the ball to Rayan, who side-foots home from close range. 


40' Egypt's passes in the final third are easily intercepted by Australia's defence. 

36' Egypt midfielder Akram Tawfik receives a yellow card for a challenge on Denis Genreau.

35' A tame header from the out-of-sorts Salah Mohsen goes high over following a flick from defender Mahmoud El-Wensh. 

31' Ramadan Sobhi's defence-splitting pass catches teammate Salah Mohsen off-balance! 

30' A poor cross from right wing-back Karim El-Eraki goes out for a goal kick. 

27' Australia striker D'Agostino rises unopposed but he heads a left-wing cross high over. 

24' Egypt are still looking for their first goal of the tournament! They need to up their attacking game. 

21' Egypt are now finding it difficult to penetrate Australia's defence despite enjoying better possession. 

18' An angled shot by Taher is blocked by the defence and the ball goes out for a corner. 

16' Egypt ease off after making a strong start to the game. 

14' Australia striker Nicholas D'Agostino is receiving treatment. 

10' Ramadan Sobhi makes a surging run into the area and feeds Taher on the left, with the winger returning the ball to him. However, Sobhi's shot is blocked by the defence. 

9' Egypt's defender Hegazy heads away Australia's first corner. 

5' Salah Mohsen sends a far-post volley over the crossbar as Egypt apply intense early pressure. 

5' Egypt winger Taher cuts ahead of Thomas Deng to control a right-wing cross, but the ball slips out of his stride and Glover handles it.   

4' A chance for Egypt! A corner causes mayhem in the Australia area but Salah Mohsen fails to pounce on the loose ball, blasting his effort high over. 

1' Egypt send a long ball upfield by Australia keeper Tom Glover rushes out to clear it.

The match is underway

Starting line-ups:

Egypt: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Osama Galal, Ahmed Hegazy, Karim El-Eraki, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, Akram Tawfik, Ramadan Sobhi, Taher Mohamed Taher, Salah Mohsen, Ahmed Yasser Rayan

Australia: Tom Glover, Kye Rowles, Thomas Deng, Harry Souttar, Denis Genreau, Joel King, Conor Metcalfe, Marco Tilio, Lachlan Wales, Dylan Pierias, Nicholas D'Agostino



12:00 Egypt coach Gharib tweaks his formation, introducing one holding midfielder in Akram Tawfik and fielding three attacking midfielders behind lone striker Ahmed Rayan. 

10:20 Should Egypt beat Australia and Argentina fail to overcome Spain, they will reach the knockout stage. If Argentina defeat Spain, Egypt will need to better Spain's goal difference to go through.

10:00 Coach Shawky Gharib is likely to alter his attacking strategy, given that Egypt have no option but to win. 

08:00 Egypt are in a must-win situation if they are to qualify for the quarter finals after being held by Spain 0-0 and beaten by Argentina 1-0. 

Venue: Miyagi Stadium

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