Egypt U-20 team coach blames defence for Iraq defeat

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 27 Jun 2013

Egypt U-20 national team coach believes they can qualify for World Cup round of 16 despite second loss in group stage on Wednesday

Egypt U-20 national team
File photo: Egypt's Mohamed Reda Hossam (14) celebrates after his team won their U-20 CAF Championship soccer match final against Ghana in Oran city March 30, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt U-20 national team coach Rabie Yassine revealed that the Young Pharaohs still have the opportunity to qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup despite losing their first two games in the group stage.

The African champions lost 2-1 to Chile in their World Cup opener, three days before losing to Iraq on Wednesday.

The defeat leaves Egypt flirting with an exit as they lie at the bottom of Group E. Iraq and Chile have four points each, two ahead of third-placed England with one match remaining.

Egypt's only hope would be beating England in their last group game on Saturday to finish as one of the top four third-placed teams.

"We still have the chance to reach the 16th round of the World Cup as one of the top four third-placed teams," Yassine told a television programme after the game.

"The players did their best throughout the game but we suffered from the lack of defence performance."

"I will work hard with the players to forget the bad outcome." The tactician concluded.

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