Egypt U-20 coach admires players despite World Cup elimination

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 30 Jun 2013

Falling only one point short in World Cup qualifiers, Rabie Yassine says the second half of the U-20 match against England was well-played

Egypt U-20 coach
Egypt's coach Rabeia Yassin reacts during 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 has expressed his pleasure after beating England 2-0 in the last group game despite quitting the World Cup from the group stage on Saturday.

Brave Egypt snatched a late 2-0 victory over England on Saturday but it was not enough to prevent them from a group-stage exit at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Needing to secure a 3-0 win to take one of the top four third-placed slots, having been beaten in their opening two Group E games, Egypt could only notch two goals in the last 11 minutes.

"We played until the last minute of the game so we succeeded to snatch two goals," Yassine was quoted as saying on the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) after the game.

"I asked the players not to hurry to win the game," he added.

"The substitutes were what made a difference in the players' performance,"

Egypt, struggling for creativity, they moved the ball around aimlessly when they had possession in the first half, unlike their opponents who created several clear-cut opportunities.

"In the first half the players suffered a lack of performance but in the second they did their best and managed to win the game," the tactician concluded.

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