Australia vs Egypt LIVE Football Match Score July 28/7/2021
Australia U23 and Egypt U23 will trade tackles at the Miyagi Stadium on matchday three of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 men’s tournament on Wednesday. Australia come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Spain U23 on Sunday. Mikel Oyarzabal scored the match-winner in the 81st minute. Egypt also fell to a defeat against Argentina U23 by the same scoreline. Facundo Medina scored the game-winning goal seven minutes into the second half.
Despite the defeats, both sides are still in with a shot at qualification with a victory depending on results elsewhere. Egypt U23 currently occupy bottom place in Group C on one point, while Australia U23 have three points from two matches. This will be the first time both sides will be meeting at this stage and the winner of the match could secure progress to the quarterfinal of the tournament. Australia kicked off their tournament with a surprise 2-0 victory over two-time gold medalists Argentina. They followed that up with a loss in the defeat to Spain. Egypt U23 held the Iberians to a goalless draw before falling to defeat against the South Americans on Sunday.
Australia have three points on the board after securing victory over Argentina in the first game of the group stage. Defeat to Spain was to follow, leaving Graham Arnold’s side in need of a point or more against Egypt to progress to the knockout phase.
Seven of the 11 players used in Australia’s starting XI against both Spain and Egypt featured in the 2020/21 A-League campaign. With Mitchell Duke, Riley McGree and Nathaniel Atkinson all suspended after picking up two yellow cards, opportunities may arise for fringe A-League Olympians to break into Arnold’s side to take on Egypt on Wednesday night.
The Olyroos will need a positive result against Egypt in their final Tokyo Olympics group match to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stage.
After a victory against Argentina and a draw versus Spain , Australia’s Olympic fate is still in their own hands – provided they get a point. Only a win will be good enough for Egypt to possibly qualify, who will still need results to go their way to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
Australia will be without three starting players, Mitchell Duke, Riley McGree and Nathaniel Atkinson, with the trio all receiving their second yellow card for the tournament against Spain.
However, Graham Arnold feels the squad has enough depth to cope with the absentees , and the likes of Nicholas D’Agostino, Reno Piscopo and Kye Rowles could get opportunities. A win or draw will see the Olyroos progress to the next stage with their opening win against Argentina setting them up nicely. It’s a simple scenario for Egypt: win or be eliminated from the Olympics.
The Egyptians earned an admirable goalless draw against Spain in their opening match but went down by a single goal to Argenina in their second contest. Unable to get Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah released for the tournament, Egypt’s squad features former West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi as their skipper and only player based outside of their home nation. Winger Ramadan Sobhi played in the Premier League for Stoke City, but Aston Villa attacker Trezeguet is injured, while Galatasaray refused to release Mostafa Mohamed.