Keeper El-Shennawi hails team spirit as Egypt draw with Algeria

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Dec 2021

Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi said team spirit was key to a 1-1 draw with Algeria that saw the Pharaohs advance as Group D leaders virtue of a better fair play record in the FIFA Arab Cup on Tuesday.

Mohamed El-Shennawi
Egypt s goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi celebrates their draw in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 group D football match between Algeria and Egypt at the Al-Janoub Stadium in the Qatari city of Al-Wakrah on December 7, 2021 (AFP)

A fluke goal from Mohamed Amine Tougai put Algeria ahead in the first half but Egypt came on with all guns blazing after the break, with Amr El-Sulaya equalising from the spot on the hour mark.

Both sides were equal on seven points and they were also tied on a plus-six goal difference and on goals scored, leaving fair play to determine Egypt as the group leaders.

"We had that target [finishing as leaders] on our minds from the very beginning," Ahly's towering goalie El-Shennawi told beIN Sports in a pitch-side interview following the game.

"You can see the team spirit; It's getting better every game. We didn't win but we produced a very good display."

Egypt set up a quarter-final meeting with Jordan on Saturday.

"More difficult tests lie ahead. Jordan re a big team and we highly respect them, but we are fully focused on maintaining our run," he added.

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