Preview: Egypt tinkering with formation after opening U-20 World Cup loss

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 25 Jun 2013

Egypt to make three changes to the side which lost 2-1 to Chile when they face Iraq in their second Group E game of the U-20 World Cup on Wednesday

Egypt U-20 team

Egypt coach Rabie Yassin plans to tinker with his side's starting line-up when they face Iraq on Wednesday as they seek to recover from a disappointing start to their U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The young Pharaohs can ill-afford another loss in Group E after surrendering their lead to slump to a 2-1 defeat by Chile in their opening game on Sunday.

They were criticized for an unusual shaky defence and profligacy upfront, with lone striker Ahmed Hassan "Kouka" once again failing to impress.

The major changes, however, will be in midfield where Saleh Gomaa, who started on the bench against Chile, will replace Ahmed Refaat. Mahmoud Hamad and Mahmoud Wahid will also play instead of Ahmed Samir and Hossam Ghaly respectively.

"Iraq game is so decisive. We must win to overcome our difficult situation," Yassin told reporters on Tueday.

For his side, Iraq coach Hakim Shaker insists that Egypt are favorite to qualify for the next round.

"Egypt is a powerful team. We will be cautious because they have the abilities to recover from their opening loss," he said.

Iraq were held to a 2-2 draw by England. The top two in each group and the best four third-placed teams will reach the round of 16.

Egypt's probable line-up:

Goalkeeper: Mosad Awad

Defenders: Mahmoud Metwalli, Rami Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Wahid.

Midfielders: Mahmoud Hamad, Osama Ibrahim, Mahmoud 'Kahraba', Saleh Gomaa, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet'

Striker: Ahmed Hassan'Kouka'

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