The Egyptian and Spanish teams opened the men’s football competitions at the Tokyo Olympics with a goalless draw today in the first round of Group C competitions.
The Egyptian team was able, thanks to its defensive method, to reduce the danger of the Spanish team’s stars and get its first point in the current edition of the Olympics. This comes as a surprise, especially since Spain was a strong candidate on paper. A draw will also make Egypt prepare for the next two matches.
It is scheduled to meet the Argentine national team with its Australian counterpart later in the day in the group matches. The Egyptian team will meet its Argentine counterpart next Sunday in the second round, while the Spanish team will meet its Australian counterpart on the same day.
Play was confined to the midfield until the 27th minute, which witnessed the first dangerous opportunities for the Spanish team, when Dani Ceballos hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area of the Egyptian team that hit the bottom of the left post of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy. After that attack, the Spanish team continued to control the course of the meeting and continued its offensive attempts in search of scoring the goal of progress, while the Egyptian team continued to rely on its defensive method and counter-attacks.
The remainder of the first half did not witness any serious attempts on the two goals, as play was confined to the midfield until the referee blew the whistle at the end of the first half, imposing a negative tie between the two teams. The Spanish team intensified its offensive attempts at the beginning of the second half in search of a goal to advance, on the other hand, the Egyptian team continued to rely on narrowing spaces and launching counter-attacks.
Despite the offensive attempts of the Spanish team, it did not pose any real danger to the Egyptian team’s goal, which over time managed to enter the atmosphere of the offensive match and exchange the Spanish team for offensive attempts. Despite the offensive attempts of the two teams, but they failed to pose any real danger to the two goals, to be limited to playing in the middle of the field until the 88th minute, which witnessed a dangerous opportunity for the Spanish team when Juan Miranda passed a cross from the left side from inside the penalty area. Rafael Mir Vicente rose to it and met it with a header, but Al-Shennawi shined and grabbed it.
In the second minute of stoppage time, the Spanish team almost scored the goal when Dani Olmo hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area, which El Shennawy saved, but it fell from his hand, but Ahmed Hegazy sent it away to a corner kick that was not used. A minute later, Vallejo missed a sure goal for the Spanish team when a cross was played inside the penalty area of the Egyptian team, which Ahmed Hegazy touched with his head, but Vallejo shot it from inside the six yards area, but it hit the outside net. The remaining minutes did not witness anything new, so the referee blew the whistle at the end of the match, imposing a negative tie between the two teams.
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