Relive Egypt's 1-1 draw with New Zealand (London 2012)

Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Jul 2012

Egypt drew 1-1 with New Zealand in their second Group C game at the London Olympic Games. Relive the game.

Mohamed Salah
Egypt's Mohamed Salah (11) shrugs off a tackle by New Zealand's Adam Thomas in his way to score during their group C men's soccer match at the 2012 London Summer Olympics (Reuters)

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt 1-1 New Zealand

90 It's Meteb again!! He shoots over the bar with the goal gaping.

88 Egypt make their second and third substitution. Striker Marwan Mohsen replaces Abou-Treika and midfielder Shehab Ahmed replaces Saleh Gomaa.

87 What a chance for Meteb!! He sidesteps a defender inside the area but his low shot is saved by the keeper from inside the area.

85 Another curling shot from Salah misses the target.

84 The second substitution for New Zealand, Marco Rojas is replaced with Cameron Howieson.

83 Ahmed Fathi squanders Egypt's best opportunity!! He goes clear on goal after a one-two with Meteb but he dithers on the ball to allow New Zealand's defence to clear the danger.

80 Smeltz receives a yellow card for a challenge on Egypt's Ahmed Magdy.

80 A rare chance for New Zealand! A free header from Shane Smeltz is blocked by Egypt keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy following a left-wing cross.

75 Fathi tries his luck from the edge of the area but it goes high over. Will Egypt be able to end the resistance of New Zealand?

71 Another neatly-worked counter attack from Egypt!! Abou-Treika latches onto a through ball from Mohamed Salah but his subsequent shot is not accurate enough.

70 Fathi, making a darting run, skips past a defender inside the area but his shot goes over the bar.

69 An Egyptian counter attack ends with Meteb hitting a low shot that was blocked by a defender.

68 The first substitution for Egypt, attacking midfielder Ahmed Magdy replaces holding midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny.

66 New Zealand slightly improved, but Egypt are still having the upper hand.

62 The first substitution for New Zealand, Ian Hogg is replaced with James Musa.

60 Egypt defender Mahmoud Alaa is booked for a challenge on Chris Wood.

58 A powerful right-foot shot from Egypt's right-back Ahmed Fathi goes over the bar.

57 A curling shot from Mohamed Salah goes over the crossbar. Total Egyptian dominance.

54 Egypt's forwards are trying shots from the edge of the area.

50 Another opportunity for Egypt! A glancing Meteb header is tipped over by O'Keeffe, who is producing an impressive display.

47 The first second-half chance for Egypt! A deflected shot by Fathi following a one-two with Meteb goes just wide.

The second half is underway

The referee blows his half-time whistle, Egypt 1-1 New Zealand

45 The referee adds one minute of stoppage time.

41 Egypt are almost ahead!! A towering header by lone striker Emad Meteb narrowly misses the target.

40 Salah escapes his marker to connect with a pinpoint Abou-Treika cross and slots home at the far post although O'Keeffe got a hand to it.

Egypt's first goal against New Zealand


38 Egypt are lacking cutting edge, wasting a chance after chance.

34 Another low shot from Mohamed Salah misses the target. Egypt are piling on pressure. 

33 Saleh Gomaa wastes a clear-cut opportunity!! His close-range effort is blocked by the in-form O'Keeffe at the far post following a one-on-one situation.

32 Emad Meteb's overhead kick from a Fathi cross is easily handled by goalkeeper O'Keeffe.

30 Salah's curling shot from the edge of the area is blocked by a defender.

26 Egypt still control possession but are struggling to find a way through.

22 Emad Meteb poorly controls a superb long ball from Abou-Treika, New Zealand's defence clears the danger.

20 Ahmed Fathi's shot from the edge of the area is blocked by O'Keeffe. Egypt are pushing forward in an attempt to equaliser

17 New Zealand score against the run of play. Chris Wood converts the ball from close-range after a flick-on from a teammate following a corner. A dreadful defensive blunder from the Egyptians.

New Zealand's first goal against Egypt


16 Egypt's defender Mahmoud Alaa makes a superb sliding tackle to clear a cross from New Zealand.

14 Abou-Treika wastes a goal-scoring chance!! He is picked out unmarked by a pull-back from Meteb but his mis-hit shot goes wide.

12 New Zealand are trying to survive an Egypt onslaught. The Pharaohs' swift exchange of passes makes life difficult for New Zealand.

11 The lively Salah just fails to get on the end of a chipped pass from midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny. New Zealand keeper Michael O'Keeffe gathers the ball.

7 Right-back Ahmed Fathi finds attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah with a fine low cross but the latter's weak shot is easily gathered by the keeper.

6 Emad Meteb controls a through pass inside the area but slips, allowing New Zealand's defence to steal possession.

4 No threats so far, but Egypt have the better possession. New Zealand are still cautious.

2 Egypt begin with an attacking approach.

The match is underway

12:55 Both sides are lining up for the national anthem.

12:45 Mohamed Salah is starting the game after producing a superb display against Brazil when he came on as a second-half substitute. He is included in the starting XI instead of striker Marwan Mohsen, who was a peripheral figure against the Selecao.

12:40 New Zealand's starting line-up: Michael O'Keeffe, Tim Payne, Ian Hogg, Tommy Smith, Adam Thomas, Ryan Nelsen, Kosta Barbarouses, Michael McGlinchey, Shane Smeltz, Chris Wood, Marco Rojas.

12:30 Egypt’s starting line-up: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud Alaa, Eslam Ramadan, Saleh Gomaa, Hossam Hassan, Mohamed El-Nenny, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamed Salah, Emad Meteb.

12:20 The match will take place at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium. Brazil will play Belarus at the same venue later in the day.

12:00 New Zealand also need to win, having been defeated by Belarus in their first match.

12:00 Egypt cannot afford to slip-up after slumping to a narrow 3-2 defeat by potential gold medallists Brazil in their opening game, during which they produced a spirited second-half display.

12:00 Welcome to Ahram Online’s live coverage of Egypt’s game against New Zealand in their second Group C match at the London Olympic Games.

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