Egypt vs Argentina LIVE Football Match Score July 25/7/2021
Though Dani Ceballos did manage to thump a first-half shot against the post, Luis de la Fuente’s men were restricted to five attempts on target, and a similar display versus Argentina could once again bear fruit – with fellow outsiders Australia left to play in the final game.
The country that has qualified for the Games more than any other African nation (on 15 occasions), Egypt have never before made it past the quarter-finals. The Pharaohs did, though, win the African Under-23 Championships to make it this far, while also claiming the scalp of a strong Brazil Under-23s side last November.
Left-back Francisco Ortega is suspended for this game after his sending off against Australia. Marcelo Herrera is set to come in in his place. Manager Sergio Baptista may opt to bring in Ezequiel Ponce or Pedro de la Vega ahead of under pressure Adolfo Gaich. Egypt are likely to continue with a five-man defence that has Ahmed Hegazi at its heart.
By the time defender Francisco Ortega lost his composure to pick up two yellow cards in as many minutes at the end of the first half, Graham Arnold’s Australia side had already seized the initiative – earning an early lead through wide man Lachlan Wales.
Ortega’s moments of madness were then exploited in the second half, as Aussie teenager Marco Tilio scored soon after coming off the bench to see the Olyroos rewarded for their impressively energetic approach. The ten-man Albiceleste were frustrated as they could find no way past the Australians’ organised back four, so are now on the back foot coming into this weekend’s game.
Sergio Batista’s side previously emerged from the South American Under-23 Championships as runners-up, having sealed Olympic qualification and impressed with their enterprising play; also winning two pre-Games warm-ups versus Denmark and Saudi Arabia in Marbella.
However, they must quickly recover from the unfamiliar feeling of defeat if they are to replicate the golden feats of the 2004 and 2008 teams – when Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi respectively led a proud football nation to the podium’s top step.