Netherlands recall goal by Egypt's Magdy Abdel-Ghany

Ahram Online, Monday 30 Jun 2014

Amid their celebrations after qualifying for the World Cup quarterfinal, the Netherlands embassy in Cairo reminds Egyptians about an unforgettable goal

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Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, right, celebrates with Wesley Sneijder after scoring his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014 (Photo: AP)

The Netherlands embassy in Egypt celebrated, via its Facebook page, the qualification of its national team for the quarterfinal of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after they defeated powerful Mexico 2-1 Sunday, but with a gesture to Egyptians.

"The Netherlands is qualified for the quarter-finals ... Hup Holland Hup…" it said on Sunday, adding, "Though we are quite happy, we cannot forget the goal of Captain Magdi Abdel Ghani against us in the 1990 World Cup (Egyptians would relate!)."

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In 1990 in Italy, Egypt forward Magdy Abdel-Ghany scored from a penalty against Netherlands in the group stage of the World Cup. This was the last goal by Egypt in the World Cup finals.

The 54-year-old star made 50 appearance for Egypt, scoring five goals. One of them was against the Netherlands, which made him proud of scoring Egypt's only goal at the 1990 World Cup.

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