Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Pharaohs produce enviable performance
by Paul Kennedy, June 19th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[CONFEDERATIONS CUP] In beating Italy, 1-0, on Thursday, Egypt produced a performance one would have hoped from the USA -- plenty of good soccer, spirited play and spectacular goalkeeping. The result kept all four teams contending for Group B's two spots in the semifinals -- though the USA is a longshot even if it beats the Pharaohs on Sunday.

The stars for Egypt at Ellis Park were Mohamed Aboutrika, Mohamed Hommos and Essam Al Hadari.

The 30-year-old Aboutrika, who plays for Al-Ahli, is widely regarded as the best player in the world not playing in Europe. The playmaker followed up on his spectacular game against Brazil by causing problems for Italy in the first half.

It was from his corner kick with five minutes to play in the first half that Hommos, also 30, headed home for the game's only goal.

In the second half, the 36-year-old Al Hadari held off an Italian assault, making four brilliants saves. The one time he was beaten he was saved by the bar on Vincenzo Iaquinta's shot with just minutes remaining

"This is a great result," Egypt coach Hassan Shehata told Reuters. "We had a good game against Brazil technically but the result did not go our way. But this gives us great hope for the semifinals."

The only bad news for Egypt was the hamstring injury suffered by striker Mohamed Zidan, who scored twice against Brazil in the 4-3 loss in their opening group game.

Zidan's status for Sunday's game against the USA was uncertain.

The USA needs to beat Egypt by three goals and then get help from Brazil with a win by three or more goals over Italy to move into next week's final four.

June 18 in Johannesburg
Egypt 1 Italy 0. Goal: Hommos 40.
Italy -- Buffon, Zambrotta, Chiellini, Cannavaro, Grosso, Gattuso (Montolivo 57), De Rossi, Pirlo, Quagliarella (Pepe 64), Iaquinta, Rossi (Toni 57)
Egypt -- El Hadari, H.Said, Fathi (Hassan 80), A.Said, Gomaa, Moawad (Farag 69), Aboutrika, Shawky, Abd Rabou, Hommos, Zidan (Eid 56)
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Att.: 52,150.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Moves: Hedges signs new deal with FCD    
Keeping a successful team together can be a challenge in MLS, and rather let the contract ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"My son, Kurt, is still a Sounders employee [as an assistant coach and scout], so I ...
MLS Expansion: St. Pete and NCFC enter race    
One recent and a second likely refugee from the NASL threw their hats in the increasingly ...
MLS Expansion: Competition gets crazy    
If the push to get into pro soccer is driven by the desire to get a ...
NASL's fate hangs in the balance    
A decision on the 2017 sanctioning of the NASL and USL was put on hold by ...
MLS Awards: Villa adds MVP award to trophy case    
He won a World Cup and European Championship with Spain and a Champions League title with ...
What They're Saying: Russian MP Valery Rashkin    
"It is crucial to verify that 'FIFA 17 is compliant [with the law] for the game's ...
What They're Saying: Luke Mishu    
"I had to be realistic. I love soccer, but MLS isn't the NFL or NBA. I ...
Video Pick: Reus assists Auba for best Bundesliga golazo     
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the Bundesliga Goal of the Week, a golazo that was special ...
What They're Saying: John Molinaro    
"Going to games and trekking up to the team's training facility in north Toronto to cover ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives