Egypt-Brazil 2009 clash motivates U-20 team ahead of World Cup

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 27 Jul 2011

Egypt’s U-20 team takes heed from the senior team’s battling display against Brazil two years ago in the FIFA Confederations Cup

Egypt V Brazil
Brazil defeated Egypt 4-3 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Egypt’s U-20 team coach Diaa El-Sayed used video footage on Wednesday to remind his players that they can upset heavyweights Brazil in their opening World Cup clash on Friday.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on their official website that the U-20 players watched the remarkable clash in which the Pharaohs narrowly lost to five-time world champions Brazil two years ago following a thrilling Confederations Cup game in South Africa.

Egypt recovered from a two-goal deficit to make it 3-3 in the second half but Brazil eventually claimed a thrilling 4-3 victory after playmaker Kaka converted a penalty in stoppage time.

El-Sayed was trying to motivate his players ahead of their anticipated encounter against four-time winners Brazil in their U-20 World Cup opener in Colombian city Barranquilla.

Egypt, whose best ever position was a third-place finish in the 2001 edition in Argentina, will also face minnows Austria and Panama in Group E.


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