RELIVE: Egypt v Belgium (Friendly match)

Ahram Online , Friday 18 Nov 2022

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's friendly match between Egypt and Belgium

Egypt v Belgium

Full time: Egypt 2-1 Belgium
Scorers: Mostafa Mohamed 33, Mahmoud Trezeguet 46/
Lois Openda 76

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt claim a famous 2-1 friendly win over Belgium. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+1' Egypt's Osama Galal is booked for wasting time. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

89' The introduction of the pacy Jeremy Doku injected zeal in Belgium's attack! 

88' Egypt make a double substitution. Mahmoud Trezeguet and Mohamed Salah make way for Ahmed Kouka and Emam Ashour respectively. 

87' A chance for Egypt! Salah's curling shot goes just wide following a lay-off from Ahmed Zizo. 

82' Belgium make a substitution. Jeremy Doku replaces Timothy Castagne.

82' Belgium pour forward en masse to level the score in the dying minutes. 

79' Egypt right-back Akram Tawfik is booked for wasting time as he takes a throw-in. 

77' Egypt central defender Ali Gabr, who was receiving treatment when Belgium scored, is substituted due to injury, making way for Osama Galal.  

76' Substitute Openda pulls one back for Belgium! He sneaks between two defenders to fire home an inviting low cross from Carrasco. 

76' Goal for Belgium! 

71' Egypt make their first substitution. Mostafa Mohamed, who scored the opener, makes way for Zamalek winger Ahmed Zizo. 

70' Belgium make a double substitution. Thomas Meunier replaces Hazard and Jan Vertonghen replaces Arthur Theate.

68' Belgium substitute Youri Tielemans tries his luck from distance but his shot goes high over. 

67' Salah fails to find Elneny with a cross after another dangerous counter attack. 

64' Egypt's central defenders easily clear some innocuous Belgian crosses. 

60' Belgium move the ball around but Egypt's defenders are still standing form, leaving little room for their opponents to operate.

56' Belgium substitute Lois Openda falls under a challenge from Hegazi in the area but the referee waves play on. 

56' Egypt look very dangerous on breakaways! 

52' Trezeguet wastes another chance! In a move similar to the one that resulted in Egypt's second goal, he breaks clear but this time Courtois saves his shot. 

50' Egypt are producing a flawless game, leaving Belgium shell-shocked. 

46' Trezeguet doubles Egypt's lead after finishing off a well-worked move! Mahmoud Hamada chests the ball to Salah in Egypt's own half, with the Liverpool man's long pass releasing Trezeguet to out-muscle Timothy Castagne and beat Courtois with a fine effort. 


The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds two minutes as stoppage time. 

41' Egypt look composed as Belgium struggle for openings. 

38' Egypt keeper El-Shennawi makes a fine save to block a follow-up volley from Carrasco after a corner is parried into his path. 

36' Egypt look the better side as they take the lead. Their cautious approach has so far proven effective! 

33' Mostafa Mohamed puts Egypt ahead in superb fashion! He pounces on a mis-control from De Bruyne to nutmeg him and place a delightful shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area. 


30' Egypt defender Ali Gabr makes a timely interception to clear a Carrasco low cross. 

28' After Hazard and Carrasco gave Egypt's defence some torrid time in the early stages, Elneny is now supporting right-back Akram Tawfik to nullify them. 

25' Defender Arthur Theate goes close for Belgium with a first-time shot that goes just over the bar. 

22' Trezeguet went close twice for Egypt, while Belgium spurned a solitary chance that fell to Batshuayi.

21' What a chance for Egypt!! Trezeguet is released by a superb threaded pass from Mohamed Elneny on the left hand side of the area but his angled effort is blocked by Courtois. 

17' Egypt are trying to step up a gear but Belgium are still dominating possession. 

13' Belgium are in control as Egypt sit back. 

11' Egypt create their first chance! Mahmoud Trezeguet is picked out at the far post but his volley is tipped over by keeper Thibaut Courtois.

10' What a chance for Belgium! Batshuayi is found unmarked by a defence-splitting pass but his powerful close-range shot hits the upright. 

9' Carrasco finds space on the left to cut inside and hit a shot that is deflected by the defence for a corner. 

6' No penalty! Television replays show that Batshuayi's attempted flick came back off Hegazi's knee, not his arm. 

5' The referee is checking a video replay for a possible penalty. 

4' Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi thwarts a Belgian effort! Hazard feeds striker Michy Batshuayi after some good work down the left but the Ittihad Jeddah man robs him. 

1' An early cross from Belgium's Yannick Carrasco is easily dealt with by Egypt's defence. 

The match is underway 

Starting lineups:
Egypt: Mohamed El-Shenawi; Ahmed Hegazy, Akram Tawfik, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Hamdi; Mahmoud Hamada, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed; Mahmoud Trezeguet Hassan, Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Debast, Theate, Castagne, Witsel, Vanaken, Carrasco, De Bruyne, E. Hazard, Batshuayi

16:00 The two teams announced their starting lineups:

15:00 Belgium are gearing up for the World Cup in Qatar, where they will play in Group F along with Morocco, Canada and Croatia.

14:00 The Portuguese coach has called a full-strength squad for this game including Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed and Trabzonspor winger Mahmoud Trezeguet.

13:00 Vitoria said that his team will do their best during the friendly game against Belgium to achieve a positive result.
“We will face a very strong opponents, who is preparing for the World Cup. We know it will be difficult but we are ready,” Vitoria told a pre-game press conference.

12:00 Egypt coach Rui Vitoria will have his work cut out to neutralize the likes of Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard when Egypt and Belgium clash at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait.

Venue: Jaber Al-Ahmad International (Kuwait)

Referee: Ali Mahmoud (Kuwait)

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