Egypt U-23 held by Russia in Paris warm-up

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Sep 2023

Egypt U-23 team were held to a 1-1 draw by their Russian counterparts in a friendly game at Suez Stadium on Thursday.

Egypt U23 team
Egypt U23 midfielder Mohamed Shehata in action against Russia U23 in a friendly game held in Suez on Thursday 7 September. Photo: Ahram


The match served as part of Egypt's preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Russia fielded a team consisting of locally-based players who proved to be tough opponents for Rogerio Micale's men.

Panathinaikos Athens striker Bilal Mazhar gave the Egyptian side an early lead in the seventh minute of the game.

However, a blunder from Egypt's goalkeeper, Mohamed Siha, allowed the Russian team to level the score just two minutes into the second half.

Thursday's match marked the first appearance of the Egyptian U-23 team since their second-place finish in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which secured their qualification for Paris 2024.

Egypt will face Russia in another friendly on Monday 11 September in Suez.

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