Egypt defeated Liberia by a clean double at the Borg El Arab stadium, in a friendly match that was held today, Thursday, as part of the Pharaohs’ preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The formation of the Egyptian national team included all goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy, defense: Mohamed Hamdi – Ayman Ashraf – Mahmoud Hamdi “Al-Wensh” – Akram Tawfik, midfield: Amr Al-Sulayya – Tariq Hamed, a trio before the striker: Ahmed Sayed “Zizou” – Abdullah Al-Saeed – Mostafa Fathi, attacking line: Mohamed Sharif.
While the Liberian team entered the match with a formation consisting of: Goalkeepers: Alpha Ishaka Galloh, Defense: Benayaha – Sampson Doue – Carlos Williams, Midfield: Alvin McCornell – Sam Jackson – Kelvin Barclay – Fred Brooks – Edward Lidlum, Attack: Frederick Dennis – Terry Sakura.
The Egyptian team started the match with great pressure on the Liberian players, who resorted to defending and closing the spaces and shrinking in the middle of their stadium. Abdullah Al-Saeed, the captain of the Egyptian team, succeeded in threatening the Liberia goal with a strong shot in the 11th minute, and the Pharaohs succeeded in winning possession in the first minutes. On the other hand, the guests contented themselves with defending. Just.
Abdullah Al-Saeed carried out an attack from the right and passed a free pass to Akram Tawfiq, the right-back, which would have represented a serious danger to the guests had it not been for the referee raising the flag, announcing Akram Tawfiq’s infiltration..
Tariq Hamed fired a powerful shot in the direction of the Liberia goal in the 20th minute, but the defenders’ feet kept it away from the goal, before the Liberian team responded in its first appearance in the match in the 23rd minute from a counterattack that Mohamed El-Shennawy managed to deal with and easily confronted..
The Liberian goalkeeper saved a header from Abdullah Al-Saeed in the 27th minute, from an elaborate cross by Ahmed Sayed Zizou to protect his net from a certain goal..
In the 32nd minute, the Tunisian assistant referee, Mohamed Sharif, denied the Egyptian national team striker from scoring the first goals, after raising his flag, announcing Sharif’s infiltration to deprive him of being alone, before calculating a new infiltration in the 33rd minute on Amr Al-Sulayya as well..
And in the 43rd minute, Mohamed Sharif missed a goal due to his frivolity in dealing with a ball and its link inside the Liberian penalty area, so the goalkeeper pounced on it and saved it with its brilliance, so that the first half ended in a negative tie..
With the beginning of the second half, Queiroz made more than one change, as he pushed Ramadan Sobhi and Baher Al-Mohammadi to form the Pharaohs, and Ramadan Sobhi succeeded in activating the Pharaohs attack from the left side. The ball falls in front of Sharif and he puts the ball easily into the net.
And in the 66th minute, Mohamed Sharif added the second goal of the Egyptian team in the Liberian net, taking advantage of a defensive “darbaka” in the Liberian penalty area, after Ramadan Sobhi and Abdullah Al-Saeed shot more than once in the direction of the Liberian goal before the ball swayed in front of Sharif to put it in the goal.
Mohamed Magdy Qafsha missed a goal in the 97th minute after he was completely alone in the goal, but he put the ball outside the field very strangely, so that the meeting ended with the victory of Egypt 2-0 in the first appearance of Carlos Queiroz, the new coach..