Relive Egypt's 3-0 defeat by Japan (London Olympics 2012)

Ahram Online, Saturday 4 Aug 2012

Egypt v Japan
Egypt v Japan (Photo: Reuters)

The referee blows the final whistle as Egypt wave goodbye to the Olympic tournament, Japan go through. 

90+1 Japan’s Sakai was about to add the fourth after capitalising on Egypt’s defensive slip-ups, but his low shot went inches past the post.

88 Egypt goalie El-Shennawy jumps high to handle a corner kick, preventing what could have been a third headed goal. Nearly two minutes to go.

86 Egypt’s Omar Gaber limps off for treatment.

84 Yuki Otsu rose unopposed to head home an inch-perfect cross from Takahiro Ohgihara. Egypt have completely collapsed!

Japan 3-0 Egypt


81 In an earlier chance for Egypt, Mohamed El-Nenny unleashed a low accurate shot from outside the area but the Japanese guardian produced a great save to keep a clean sheet.

80 The unmarked Yoshida heads home a free kick sent by Kiyotake. Japan are far superior now!

Japan 2-0 Egypt


74 Egypt’s over-age striker Emad Meteb makes way for Marawan Mohsen.

70 Ten-man Egypt has improved their performance for the last few minutes but are still unable to bring the score level.

67 Abou-Treika earns a free kick 40 yards away from goal. It was followed by a host of passes and a cross that Japan’s goalie palmed away.

64 The match was halted for a short while as Japan’s Keigo Higashi received treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off.

60 In another attempt to add to Egypt’s woes, Yoshida heads a free kick from close-range but his effort poses no threat.

58 Egypt’s Omar Gaber replaces Mohamed Salah.

55 Japan’s Yamaguchi tries his luck from outside the area but his long-range drive goes wide. 

53 Japan keep tightening their grip on the game as Samir’s dismissal has clearly taken a toll on Egypt.

47 Japan are looking to capitalise on their numerical advantage to double their lead, but no clear-cut chances so far.

The second half is underway

45+1 The referee blows his whistle as the first half is over.

45 Abou-Treika comes close to snatching an equalizer. Japan’s shot-stopper advance outside the area and battle with the Egyptian veteran for the ball. Japan’s solid defence eventually clear the danger.

43 Samir is red carded for bringing down his opponent on the edge of the area as the latter was about to go one-on-one with Egypt’s keeper. Japan’s free kick hits the wall as they are still up by one goal.

41 Egypt’s Saad Samir is sent off.

38 Ramadan releases a curling free kick from outside the area only to see it go wide of the mark.

33 Islam Ramadan volleyed a loose ball near the edge of the area but misses the target by quite some distance. Egypt are taking a stranglehold on the game.

30 Another low cross from the energetic Fathi finds Meteb but the latter's effort from inside the area goes wide on the half-hour mark.

27 Egypt’s combative midfielder Ahmed Fathi sends a cross that Abou-Trekia heads high away from target.

26 Egypt are redeeming themselves and seem to be more fluent, but japan are still superior.

20 Japan’s Nagai, who broke the deadlock, is stretchered off after sustaining an injury. 

19 Egypt are seeking to cancel out Japan’s lead but are yet to carve out their first scoring opportunity. The match’s tempo is slow now.

15 Nagai latches onto a curling pinpoint pass from Kiyotake to slot into an empty net as his marker and Egypt goalie El-Shennawy collide with each other.

Japan 1-0 Egypt


10 A free kick from a narrow angle sent by Ohgihara was about to be diverted home by Suzuki, but he agonizingly missed out on the ball from point-blank range. It’s fair to say Japan have the upper hand.

7 Egypt’s Ahmed Hegazy intercepts a threatening low cross that could have resulted in an opening goal for Japan.

6 No threats so far from either side, an exciting start to the match soon ended and now both teams seem cautious.

1 Japan start the match with all guns blazing, looking for an early opener. Hiroshi Kiyotake tries to put his team ahead only to see his header go wide.

The match is underway

12:40 Egypt’s starting line-up: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Saad Samir, Eslam Ramadan, Mohamed El-Nenny, Hossam Hassan, Shehab Ahmed, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamed Salah, Emad Meteb.

12:30 Egypt advanced to the quarterfinal after finishing second in Group C with four points, while Japan progressed as Group D winners with seven points.

12:30 Egypt are eyeing a last-four berth for the first time since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam where they suffered a 6-0 defeat by Argentina in the semis before missing out on the bronze medal after a humiliating 11-3 loss to Italy in the third-place playoff.   

12:30 Welcome to Ahram Online’s live coverage of Egypt’s clash against Japan in the London Games quarterfinals. The match will be played at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium.

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